When you enter embroidery, you may encounter digitizing embroidery. Embroidery Digitization is the process of converting artwork into an embroidery file. The embroidery machine can read these embroidery files and then sew them into the fabric. How do we digitize embroidery? Is it as easy as digital sound? The following is its usual situation. The digitizer must first analyze the artwork to see if it should be edited for embroidery. We must understand that not all signs and designs are suitable for embroidery. There are those that need to be simplified and the correct size. There may be elements in the artwork that are eliminated, and some elements will be changed, such as enlarging small text and eliminating outlines.
After completing the modification of the program or the graphics in the software, the digitizer will determine how the “path” of the stitching will operate. The path or mapping refers to a series of stitches from the beginning to the end of the design. This is an important process because if the design is not embroidered in the correct order, unnecessary gaps and uneven text may appear. The bottom stitch will be added first. The bottom stitch should be completed correctly as it helps the rest of the stitches to have a smooth surface. It also increases the density of the design in Digitization. If it is not done properly, the stitches will sink into the fabric or allow the shirt fabric to show through the design.
There are only three basic stitch types. These are running, satin, and filled needles. However, there are many variations of these stitch types. The digitizer will have to decide on the change of the stitch to be used, as well as the direction of the stitching, where it should start and where it should stop. Digitizers must also consider the type of fabric that will be embroidered and make more adjustments. Some types or fabrics can damage the design. For example, a sign made for denim does not look good when the stitches tend to embroider on the fabric.
Embroidery digitization also has what we call “push-pull.” When embroidering, the design may move and may cause some stitches to shift. This can happen with heavy, rough fabrics, long needles, large area lines, and tight bottom lines. Digitizers must also consider “push-pull” effects and make necessary adjustments.
Digitizing embroidery is really faster and easier. Designs with fine detail, small text and lots of colors obviously require more setup time for the digitizer. Time and experience are crucial for digitization because there are many stitches, fabrics, and factors that need to be considered in embroidery digitization.