What is Embroidery Digitizing? Digitizing for Embroidery

What is Embroidery Digitizing? Digitizing for Embroidery

Embroidery digitizing or digitizing for embroidery is the process of converting artwork into a digital file using software, so that embroidery machines can properly read the file and stitch the design. Embroidery digitization provides accurate and precise reproduction of complex designs on the fabric or material.

The digitizing process includes many steps. The design or logo that will be digitized needs to be cleaned up and edited, update colors if needed, and any text needs to be readable and in the proper embroidery fonts.

Digitizing software is then needed to create the embroidery file. Popular digitizing software or digitizing programs include Wilcom, Hatch, and Chroma. The digitizing software helps the digitizer to map out the design, choose stitch types, and input the stitch density, stitch direction, and underlay. Various stitch types are used to create the embroidery file design and generally fall into two categories: outlines and fills. Stitch types include running stitches, satin stitches, and fill stitches.

The digitizing process can be done manually by the digitizer who will choose stitch points or automatically by the program. For more complex designs with smaller details, manual digitizing may work better. Once the design has been digitized, it will be saved in a file format compatible with the embroidery machine being used. Common embroidery file formats include DST, PES, EXP, and more.

Before running the design and actual production on an embroidery machine, the digitized file is normally tested and a sample created to ensure the design stitches correctly and comes out as intended.

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