A Guide To Embroidery Digitizing!

What is embroidery digitizing?

Many people find this concept confusing. So, what exactly is embroidery digitization? It is basically a process by which files are converted into an order or succession of instructions and commands, which the embroidery machine makes use of in order to sew the thread in a specific way. Digitizing could also be associated with art and if you are good at it, a beautiful and appealing embroidered design could form in front of your eyes.

If you think this is an easy process to carry out, you are quite wrong. However, once you get the hang of it, it might not be that hard for you to do. In this article, we will guide you step by step on how to carry out this process with a bit of ease.

Step 1: Image preparation

First of all, you need to make sure that whatever image you need for the embroidery is prepared. An embroidery digitizer will see the image and decide whether any changes need to be made or the image is perfectly fit and set to be embroidered. For instance, they need to ensure whether the letters are zoomed enough to be easily visible on the cloth or that they are not too big that they will take up all the space and not look nice and attractive.

For all these purposes, embroidery digitizers use different graphics programs to edit and make different changes to these images and then transfer them to the embroidery program.

Step 2: The embroidery digitization path

This is the pathway that embroidery digitizers need to select for the machine to follow while making the design. Choosing a pathway is extremely necessary because:

  • It tells the machine when and where to start from.
  • It tells the machine when and where to end.
  • It tells the specific order of the design, as in what is supposed to come where.
  • It explains the border that needs to be made on the edges of the cloth or whatever material the design is being embroidered on.

If you do not choose the correct pathway or make any mistakes during this process, it could put you in a lot of trouble. Why? Do you wonder? Here’s the answer:

  • If the machine is not correctly explained what it needs to do, the look of the finished design might look odd.
  • The designing may be unequal or different on different parts of the material it is embroidered on.
  • The design may end up having spaces which will make the finished product unappealing and useless and might have to start the whole process all over again.

Step 3: Select the stitches for the design

Each part of the finished image will be given a stitch. This stitch is given based on the type and style of the design and a lot of care is taken to ensure that the stitch matches the design on that part of image. In this last and final stage, commands are given regarding the color of the thread, type of thread and the pattern of the stitch. Sometimes, the thickness of the thread is also mentioned.

According to the needs of the image, either digitizing is done to different parts of the image or of the whole image. Only a skilled embroidery digitizer can decide what needs to be done and hence it is recommended you only get good embroidery digitizing services for your company to ensure your final embroidery turns out good and of the highest quality.