In machine embroidery, digitizing is the process of converting text or images into a format suitable for commercial embroiderers’ high-speed machines. The digitized files are then stitched out, producing finished work that looks professional. Digitizing is a highly technical skill that requires practice, experimentation and attention to detail.
Whether you’re considering taking on Embroidery digitizing in-house or outsourcing it, this article will help you understand the do’s and don’ts of the process so your designs turn out right the first time and every time after that. From understanding the different types of file formats and stitching techniques to tips on creating a successful design plan, we’ll cover everything you need to know about embroidery digitizing.
Embroidery Beyond Boundaries: Exploring the World of Digital Designs
One of the biggest mistakes new digitizers make is attempting to copy a previous digitizing job without considering what fabric they’re working with and how that fabric will “push” or pull the thread as it stitches. Efficient digitizers (and technically all digitizers if they’re good) are always aware of what fabric they’re working with and how it affects the final sewout results.
It’s also important for new digitizers to study how other digitizers work to learn the techniques that are most commonly used in the industry. They can do this by reading embroidery-digitizing blogs, social media posts, and attending trade shows. They can also find embroidery file format converters online or through programs that offer a bulk export tool. In addition, they should test their designs on various fabrics to see how the embroidery will look in real life and then adjust their settings accordingly.