Essential Embroidery Digitizing Tips for Novice Designers

Sep 4, 13



The beauty of embroidered art on fabric and other materials is exquisite. If you want to capture the same essence in a systematic and shorter span of time, go for the most recent innovations in embroidery. Digitizing! Embroidery digitizing is the process of converting an image file into a workable digitized embroidery design. In other words, it is a process of converting artwork into a stitch file that can be read by an embroidery machine and interpreted as different stitch types. This method of printing is highly popular in the promotional industry.

If you are new to this concept and need help to digitize a design for your home craft or promotional products, here are a few pointers that you need to know.



The Basics about Machine Embroidery

Before beginning on the designs, consider the types of stitches an embroidery sewing machine produces. There are three basic stitches you need to know about – the Running Stitch, the Satin Stitch and the Fill Stitch. When digitizing a design, it is important to understand how the embroidery sewing machine works, regarding the density of the stitches. Utilize more stabilizers under the design, so less stitch density needs to be used. With practice and better understanding on the combination of stitch direction, the design path and stitch density will be easier to maneuver.



Creating the Design

To begin the digitizing process, create an image or drawing of the design. The artwork should be enlarged three to six times the original design before scanning into the computer. If you have smaller line drawings or alphabets, enlarge them using computer programs such as Wilcom or PhotoShop. Once the design has been enlarged, decide the layout, stitch types, stitch density and stitch direction.



Pathing the Program

After the design has been edited and modified, the file is then used as a guide or template for an embroidery program to stitch the file. Decide on the pathing technique, which is the sequence of the stitch that executes the design. Setting the stitching sequence is very crucial because one mistake can ruin the entire the design. Imperfections will be seen in the digitized design and corrections should be made at this point. Repeat the sample design process until all imperfections are corrected in the digitized design. The final project will be completed at this point.

With a little bit of practice, you can surely create a well-digitized design to make any fabric or material look appealing.

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