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Embroidery Digitizing

Embroidery Digitizing

What is this called embroidery digitizing and how does it work?

The conversion of ready art e.g. logo into a stitch file that can be sewn by the embroidery digitizing machine on sheets or clothing. The original art is closely checked for specific details which are required. An outline is digitally done to produce a stitch file and then the stitch path determined after which the digitizer creates the necessary additional information. The digitizer finally alters the stitches matching it with the originally provided art so as to produce the exact design requested.

Digitizing a Logo and a Picture/photo

Imported vector objects are filled with vector files with stitches. Finished designs are then uploaded to what is termed as Embird editor where final adjustments are done and then saving is done thereafter.

For a design, scanned picture is imported into the work area background which is essentially used as a template for designing a digitized design. In itself, digitizing here reflects the vector objects drawing on of the embedded image and then filling it with the appropriate stitches. In order to visualize the vector object better, the images in the background are altered in brightness, either filtered, more brightened or darkened to bring about the clearer contrast between the vector object and the embedded image.

In digitizing these,

  • An import of its kind is first rotated then thereof deformed, finally cropped to fit the required size of the embroidery design.
  • Image size is then selected in the second tab where the required size of the image is set up.
  • Tab 3 gives an allowance of setting the width of an empty area border to be added to it (image) after having cropped and resized. This empty border is the site for embroidery digitizing since one does not have to work so much closer to the edges of the work area.
  • Using the main menu, the window can be opened where the brightness and color of the image can be changed. Approximate brightness should be adjusted to 45% or 44% then you click Apply button
  • Having done all the above, the process of real digitalizing begins.

Then use the Fill objects for areas of color i.e. nuts and letters adding to its thin black outline afterward. The Fill objects tab is hereby filled with parallel stitches which are long and divided into shorter stitches which will avoid threats being too free. Due to the divided stitches and their maintained angle, the Fill objects is used for digitizing large objects, which of course they are not suitable for digitizing small lettering and/or of narrow objects. For these, make sure it is at least 1 cm of height in order to be well sewed.

A good and quality embroidery design should, as a requirement, have as low number of stitches and trims as possibly necessary, therefore all embroidery digitizers should emphasize this. This is mainly to speed up and boost the process of sewing making the embroidery design better and attractive to behold. In case of lack in trims or color changes then this design is sewn singly.

When the digitizer cannot avoid trimming, the trims in a design then should be minimized. We may also decide to do away with too many trims at will. In this case, we place the start and end points close so that they can be connected by the “Connection objects”.

By the end of this process, the design that is ready for posting is closely criticized to identify the weaknesses. This helps to identify the unsatisfactory points in order to correct it. This is what precisely companies should and are up for. Anyone should not compete for high prices before high quality but vice versa.


In order to learn, understand and appreciate the art of embroidery digitizing, more effort should be applied since its language is not such easy. However, a new software helps the digitizer to do it easier and interesting. For a new user, the software features may still be high up to fully comprehend requiring an extra time set for this specific study.

Skilled digitizers take into consideration the design, type of fabric and dimensions of work in it. With the software, the digitizers create an interface with the image and the vector objects which makes the process smooth and faster.

Each of the software varies depending on the embroidery machine. For example, an industry standard embroidery machine will require a software that is compatible with its content readability. The general software has been in advanced level developed due to convenience. They are able to generate universal files like DST, therefore, they are readable by the larger part of the embroidery machines.

Embroidery digitizing is economical as they are cheaper to produce designs and embroidery. It is fast, consistent and accessible. The most complex designs can now be executed significantly by the software.

However, on the other side, this software may be expensive to purchase and even maintain. It is also highly technical to use that require a digitizer himself need to be fully concentrated on the main issue at stake.

All files digitized?

Every file provided can be digitized but in some, there are appearance limitations. For example, the minute letters, commas and other marks may be hardly clear due to the more complex process involved in embroidery digitizing. For the well-outlined letters, nodes are placed around the letter in the process of digitalizing it. Then the rectangular node is set as the end curve and the circular ones at the middle. After ensuring the appropriate placement of nodes, adjust the curves by moving the middle points to the side. After you made sure the object under digitization is fully moved and drawn, invoke the pop-up menu by right clicking and then choose Generate stitches option on the drop down menu. This will mark the end of digitizing.

Therefore, all files can be digitized. The issue is clarity whereby the smallest letters and other symbols may not be fully clear but always arrangements are made to ensure the quality of work between the digitizers and the clients under service.