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These are some terms that are commonly used with embroidery digitizing.
Punching a design - Years ago, before computers, embroidery designs were sewn on a machine that was driven by a paper tape.
The design was punched into the paper tape, with tiny punch holes representing individual stitches in the design. Paper tapes
were very long, and when coiled up, had diameters of 18 to 24". This expression"Punching a Tape" is still used today to mean
digitizing a design.
Embroidery digitizing - Converting a graphic design into operating file that tells an embroidery machine how to sew a design
stitch by stitch.
Single run stitches - Same as straight stitches in ordinary sewing. Single stitches are used to walk from one object to another, to
create underlay, and to create outlines
Running stitches - Single run stitches.
Double run stitches-two single run stitches
Triple run stitches - Same as three single runs in a line. Three single run stitches are used to create thicker outlines.
Satin line stitches - Stitches are sewn from .03 mm to 1/2" in width very close together for a satin effect.
Column stitches - Satin line and outline stitches.
Border stitches - Satin outline stitches.
Fill stitches - Stitches used to fill a large area, normally with a Tatami fill stitch.
Tatami fill stitches - Fill stitches laid down in a pattern to resemble weaves.
Satin fill stitches - Satin stitches used to fill a larger area.
Split Satin fill stitches -Used to fill any area to large for a strait satin fill.
Objects - Objects are pieces of embroidery. When digitizing, every time the Enter key is pressed, an object is created. An object
is actually a description of the piece of embroidery. It has properties information such as size, shape, color, sequence within the
design, stitch type and values, and rules for stitching.
Underlay - Underlay is stitching underneath the actual embroidery stitching. Underlay is critical for three reasons:
1.It anchors the fabric to the stabilizer, providing a secure surface and minimizing distortion.
2.It raises the embroidery stitching above the surface of the fabric, giving depth and texture to the embroidery.
3.It eliminates the need for high density in small areas of embroidery.
Density - Density is a term that means the distance between two stitches. If density is low, there is more space between the
stitches than if density is high. Density is an important factor in making embroidery look good. Too little density creates stitches
that do not cover the fabric. Too much density creates stitches that bunch up, create lumps, is hard, and breaks thread and
needles. The larger the embroidery, the higher the density must be to provide adequate coverage. Density can be lower in small
areas of embroidery. Firmer fabrics will require higher density than lighter or knit fabrics.
The Basics of Embroidery Digitizing
If you are new to embroidery, learning the terminology is a good place to start! If your getting a logo digitized for the first time, being
familiar will help you understand better what your looking at when you see embroidery and when you get a design digitized you will be
able to communicate better with your designer when explaining your ideas or requests for changes when they are necessary.
Lets first start with a quick look at how our company www.advanceddigitizing.com operates and a little bit about embroidery
Professional and home embroiderers as well as sports teams and private companies use our service to get their logos and designs
digitized for embroidery. In short, digitized for embroidery also means writing an operating file that tells the embroidery machine how to
stitch the design. The designer is not only telling the machine where each stitch should be sewn, they are also writing a program that
tells the embroidery machine when to cut or trim the thread and when to change colors. A experienced digitizer will write a file that not
only looks good when it is sewn but one that will run efficiently for the embroiderer by not waisting time with unnecessary stitches and
trims or causing extra wear and tear to the machine itself.
To get a logo digitized you will start by sending your artwork, you can attach it to one of our two quote forms, include all the
information you feel necessary for us to give you a quote. If your not sure of how to upload your artwork or just have a question about
what you need to send we are always available at 1-800-310-2529 please do not hesitate to call.
Once we receive your artwork we will return a quote to you in approx. 30 min during our normal business hours and within 12 hours
any other time. If you like the quote and want to use our service, simply use the "Pay Now" link on our home page, enter your logo
name in the item box and the total amount $ of you quote. Then just follow the links to complete the payment.
After your payment is completed we will send your files(1-machine file in the format requested, 1-run file), the run file shows a picture
of the design and the color sequence for the machine set up, to the email address you supplied within 24hrs unless you were notified
in your quote that more time was necessary. When you receive your files, If you have your own machine you will load it and run it, if
you are using an embroidery company to run the work you can simply put your files on a disk, a memory or flash stick or even email it
to them and they can take care of it from there!
After the first sample is sewn out, if any changes are necessary to improve the quality of the logo there is never a charge! Just send
us a scan of the sample with notes and we will make the appropriate changes. Our job is to work threw the process with you to create
exactly what you had in mind!
We here at advanceddigitizing.com are committed to your satisfaction and hope this information has been helpful to you and look
forward to helping with all your digitizing needs. Thank You