Embroidery Digital Guide

2019-04-30 Embroidery No comment

An important part of custom embroidery is digitization. Digitization is the process of converting a artwork into a stitch file that can be read by an embroidery machine and interpreted as a different stitch type. So what are the steps leading to a perfect digital design?

Preparing to embroider digital artwork

  The digitizer must analyze the design to determine if embroidery needs to be edited. Artwork designed for print media cannot always be properly embroidered; they must be simplified first. Other changes you may need to make are to resize the image, eliminate the outline, and zoom in on the small text.


  Once the design has been modified using graphics software, the file will be used as a template for the embroidery program to create a stitch file. The digitizer must then decide how to run the path in the logo. The sequence of stitches in the design is called the path. The execution of the design is largely dependent on the path. If the order in the embroidery is not correct, the design may have a gap and become uneven. The path also affects the runtime of the design on the machine. Although this does not seem to matter, the design time with shorter run time is lower.

Specify the type of embroidery stitch

  Next, specify the stitch type for each part of the design based on the stitch that best represents the artwork. First, the digitizer adds a backing stitch. Although you can't see the stitching in the finished logo, you need to use the correct underlay stitching to create a beautiful looking logo. The liner helps to stabilize the fabric on the backing, lowering the pile of the fabric, allowing the remaining stitches to have a smooth surface for embroidery and increasing the density of the design. If the pad is not suitable, the stitch will tend to sink into the fabric or fabric display design. Although there are only three basic types of stitching: running, satin and filling stitches, these stitch types vary. For example, fill stitches are used to cover large areas; however, the digitizer must decide which type of fill stitch to use, the fill direction, and where the fill should start and stop in the design. The fabric type of the embroidered logo must be considered when determining the stitching and making the appropriate adjustments. The suture will sink into a fabric such as fleece and be laid on the surface of a dense fabric such as nylon. The logo, which was originally digitized by denim, did not work well when embroidering knitted fabrics onto fabrics.

Push-pull factor

  "Pushing and pulling" is another important aspect of embroidery. The design may move while embroidering. This will cause some stitches to shift. When using long needles, coarse fabrics, tightly wound bobbin thread and large area threads, the possibility of movement is higher. The digitizer should correct the effects of “push and pull” and make adjustments.


  Although the left chest commercial logo seems to be easy to digitize, designs with details, small text and color changes require more time to set up. Proper digital design takes a lot of time and experience because it is a very rigorous process. The digitizer must know the difference between seeing different stitches on the fabric and seeing them on the software. A good digital design will make your logo look better, so it is important to hire a high quality digital person.

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