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If you are starting machine embroidery and don’t have any experience, you might get frustrated and you might mess up designs in the beginning. But that shouldn’t stop you from going. There are some tips and tricks that can help in digitizing for machine embroidery in the long run.
In this article, we will share with you the dos and don’ts for digitizing with a machine for embroidery. Let’s get started without further ado.
Yes, you hear it right. Auto Digitizing can turn your work into a disaster. It is because the software can brag about its digitizing ability but the computers aren’t smart enough. And they may take some decisions that are against your expectations. Like what to choose and what design to make.
For instance, your subject is wearing a blue shirt with a blue background. It may interpret the overall design and look as the subject is having the same stitch angle and thread colour. But humans are smart. We can shape the design in a way that it looks appealing to the audience’s eyes. We are able to assign the right thread colours, stitch angles and stitch types.
That being said, Auto Digitizing do save your time. In fact, it can be a huge time saver for you if you have a lot of work to do. Auto digitize is best if you have multiple cut-outs to work with. Your work can pace up if you know where to use the auto-digitize and where not to. It is crucial to keep in mind is to use this feature appropriately or else it can ruin your embroidery design.
In general, the program likes to stitch at a 45-degree angle. You don’t have to rely on your design as it might look eerie and one-dimensional. To make an interesting look at the design having a greater contrast between the elements, you need to play with the stitch angles of different shapes.
Alongside that, the thread direction also plays a major role in your embroidery digitizing design and it won’t cause many issues when stitching. It is good to play with the stitches and angles as if you are going in one way, it will take your fabric in that way.
Underlay stitch is done before the main stitching process begins. It is a very low-density preliminary shape. You can use underlay in most of the embroidery software. Underlay stitching has its uses. For instance, it helps to tamp down the fibres when you are stitching an embroidery design having a nappy fabric.
Moreover, underlay stitching helps to secure a fabric design from pulling and puckering when stitching on a large shape. The benefit of this is when your underlay stitch goes well then the chances of getting a great outcome are higher.
Outlining helps to create a more defined border on the shape when doing a filled area. You can make a triple stitch that makes a running stitch and overlaps it three times. Depending on the software, you can use this tool. The only caveat is the stitch length. If it is too long then it can’t follow the shape outline. You can choose the shape size depending upon the design.
You can duplicate the shape to have an outline and a fill. You can do it easily as one is the copy of the other.
You need to make a strategy before you start to make an embroidery design. A good practice is to start digitizing shape that is the farthest from the background. Fill the stitches first then the outlines of the shape. It is not a good way to fill the stitches first then go for another shape and then running back to the first shape outline. If you are using a single-needle machine, it would be useless as you will need an unnecessary thread colour change.
Yes, it is vital to minimize the jump stitches. Some embroidery machines trim the jump stitches while others don’t. Jump stitches help to pull the design and span on large areas. It is a good practice to digitize the design and decrease the jump the stitches as much as you can.
When you are digitizing design for machine embroidery you need to know whether you want to make a step stitch or a satin stitch or other. It is because satin stitch comes handy in some cases while in others it doesn’t. For instance, if you choose a satin stitch for a wider shape fill, you might end up having long loose stitches that can be snagged. On the other hand, if you use it on a narrow shape like a letter, the satin stitch will span the entire width.
These are some dos and donts for machine embroidery. Follow these tips and tricks and you will be able to make some amazing designs for embroidery with the machine. If you still have any questions about the topic, you can reach out to us. Our customer service team will be happy to assist you.
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