To the uninitiated, digitizing for machine Embroidery digitizing looks like a simple process of conversion. But for those who understand the art of the craft, it’s a highly technical practice that requires an eye for artistic interpretation to make the final result as beautiful as possible.
Embroidery Digitizing: An Important Part of Your Business
When a customer wants something embroidered on their clothing, they will send you the artwork, which needs to be digitized to be suitable for your embroidery machine. Digitizing is essentially the instructions for your embroidery machine to stitch out the design.
The digitizer takes the design and creates a file that tells the machine where to sew and how long to spend on each stitch. This is done by breaking down the design and determining where white space should be (should those areas be covered with thread or left alone to let the background show through?) and how dense or sparse the design should be.
Once the file is digitized, the embroidery technician will review it to ensure that there are no errors or problems. They may also want to adjust the density of the design if it is too large for the fabric or garment that it will be sewn on. Density is important, as it affects the time it will take to sew the design and how stiff or flexible it will be once it’s finished.
Digitizers can be found all over the country and the world. Some are freelancers that you can work with directly, others are small businesses that offer their services in a specific geographic area. If you’re looking for a quality digitizer, I recommend shopping around!