Manual Or Computerized Embroidery Digitizing
Author: Sahel Khatri
Embroidery patterns used to be set up manually. You would draw the picture you wanted to embroider,
poke little holes in the paper with a pin, and then you would use charcoal or chalk to mark the
fabric through those little holes. This process was very time consuming and the result was never so
With the advent of computerized embroidery machines, a whole new world of
digitized embroidery patterns has opened up. If your pattern isn't already digitized, you have
several choices. You can send it to any of a number of companies that specialize in digitizing
embroidery, or you can digitize your own pattern.
Sending your artwork to a company that specializes in digitizing embroidery is
the easiest way to go. However, you may decide that you want to learn to digitize your own
To digitize a pattern, you need your own artwork in either a vector based format
or a bitmap, such as you would get with CorelDraw or Adobe Photoshop. For your first design, your
best bet is to start with something simple. A good choice would be a monogram, or a two color
design such as a football or baseball.
Once you have chosen what you want to digitize, the next challenge is to create
a map with a starting point, ending point and the paths the stitches will take along the way. This
part can be a little more complicated and is by far the most challenging part of the embroidery
digitizing process. You need to decide which stitch types, stitch directions, and densities go in
each area of your design. If you leave spaces for jump stitches and the need to reposition the
needle, you may end up with broken thread.
Next you will actually digitize the pattern. Whether you are using a digitizing
tablet with a puck, or a computer and mouse, you would enter the coordinates for each stitch
Just when it seems like you're actually finished with the work, you need to
verify that the embroidery pattern that you just digitized is going to work the way you had
planned. Test the pattern on a piece of fabric similar to what you will be embroidering the final
design on. With the test, you will be able to see whether the stitches are positioned the way you
want them. Plus, you will be able to tell whether the pattern works the way you expected it to.
If you need to make adjustments, now is the time. Go in and make changes with
the digitizing tablet or computer. Save the adjustments and stitch another test run. This is the
time to make all those adjustments that need to be made.
Don't be disappointed if the pattern doesn't turn out the way you want it the
first time. Just keep adjusting it until it matches what you want. Digitizing embroidery is an art
Just as you wouldn't expect to be able to paint a masterpiece or play a Beethoven Concerto the
first time you tried, you need to expect to have to practice the digitizing too.
Although after reading this article you might feel that computerized embroidery
digitizing is more hard, but it is really less time consuming and give you outstanding results.
About the author:
Sahel is the Sales/Support representative of <a href="http://www.cheapdigitizing.com">Cheap
Digitizing</a>. You can find more information or ask him questions about <a
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