5 Critical Embroidery Digitizing Factors to Create Awesome Embroidery

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5 Critical Embroidery Digitizing Factors to Create Awesome Embroidery Photo by Rishi Shah

Embroidery digitizing is the process of converting images into embroidery ready digital format, which can be readily read by the embroidery machine. The final quality and look of the embroidered design will depend on the quality of digitizing. The following factors are important to create high quality digital images that will eventually result in a high quality embroidered design.

1. The Stitch Type

During embroidery digitization, each part of the image or design is assigned a particular stitch type. The stitch type is chosen based on how it best represents the design. Embroidery digitizers work with three basic stitch types – satin, run, and fill stitches. But there are endless variations as to how these stitches will be used in the image – including direction of the stitch, at which point each stitch should start and stop in the design and more. These factors impact the final quality of the design and the embroidery.

2. The Type of Fabric

The nature of digitization will vary depending on the final fabric on which the design is to be embroidered. Different fabrics have different features; for instance a design digitized for a dense fabric such as denim would not look good if embroidered on a lighter fabric like cotton or silk. Denser fabrics enable the stitches to stand out, while in lighter fabrics, the stitches tend to sink in. Professional digitizers understand these nuances and accordingly make adjustments in the stitches so as to ensure the highest quality of the final embroidered design.

3. Assigning Underlay Stitches

Underlay stitches are like the foundation of the embroidery. Underlay stitches are essential because they stabilize the fabric to the backing and offer a smooth foundation on which the design can be embroidered. The most appealing factor about embroidery is the way it stands out on the fabric. Without the right underlay, the embroidery might just sink into the fabric. Underlay stitches add the right degree of density to the design. When the design density is low, the result is low quality embroidery, where the fabric shows through the design.

4. Compensating for Push and Pull Effect

While being embroidered the design tends to move. This results in a ‘push and pull’ effect, where some stitches may shift out their assigned positions. This effect is seen most commonly in bulkier fabrics. Appropriate adjustments need to be made at the time of digitizing to compensate for the push and pull effect.

5. The Software Used

The quality of the digitized image will also depend on the embroidery software used for digitizing. There are several options available in the market each with different features. Top of the line high end software offers the best quality designs to meet corporate digitizing requirements. You can also opt for mid level software for embroidery digitization for casual or personal use.

The best option is to outsource your digitization requirements to a professional company. Such companies have the experience and expertise and just the right software to meet your needs. Expressdigitising.com has been at the forefront of offering high quality embroidery digitization services for clients internationally. We offer simple flat rate pricing that’s extremely competitive. Our highly skilled designers won’t rest until we have digitized your design perfectly. Contact us today for a free quote.

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