Embroidery Digitizing: 10 Things to do BEFORE you start a project!
What is embroidery digitizing?
Digitizing is transforming pre-existing artwork into an embroidery file, which can run on your embroidery machine, by applying stitches to that artwork in your embroidery software. In other words, embroidery digitizing is using software to create a series of commands which tell your embroidery machine how to stitch out a design.
Although this explanation is rather simple, I assure you that there is a lot more to embroidery digitizing than meets the eye. Embroidery digitizing is like painting with stitches, and just like painting, certain rules apply. Digitizing is all about the physical attributes of machine embroidery and learning how to use digitizing software to get the results you want. Choosing the appropriate stitch type & stitch directions is where the real learning curve is involved.
Embroidery Digitizing is tracing artwork with stitches using software to turn it into embroidery files.
Where do I start?
10 Things to do BEFORE you start a project!
- I would highly suggest you check out our aqua digitizing. You’ll learn a ton more about embroidery digitizing including:
- What goes into creating designs with some basic digitizing theory
- The layout of any design with the 3 main stitch types
- How to hold your designs securely in place with underlay
- Avoiding stiff bulletproof designs with density
- Making sure designs line up properly with registration
- How to avoid jumps & trims with mapping
- Sew much more
- Another great place to start if you don’t yet own embroidery digitizing software is with a free trial. I would highly suggest you try it first see if it’s something you’re interested in before moving forward & purchasing.
- The thing about embroidery digitizing is that it’s like olives… some people like it, some people don’t. Either way is fine! I realize that digitizing is not for everyone, it’s either you love it, or you hate it.
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