- who will be doing your embroidery digitizing designs
Equipped with the latest technologies (computer, digitizing software, digitizer tablet, etc.) in embroidery digitizing, all of our digitizers have at least 5 years of experience in the digitizing industry, many over 10 years. They are not just excellent in using embroidery digitizing software, but also knowledgeable about operating, or have in person operated embroidery machines. They know how to properly digitize a design based on different factors such as fabrics, textures, threads, sizes, placements and more, to ensure the best quality possible. Furthermore, they have artistic visions and they work with passion - most of them have been trained in graphic design.
Our loyal customers appreciate how important a digitizer's experience and technical and creative skills are in the world of embroidery digitizing. Due to the nature of embroidery, our digitizers will have to consider a lot of factors and apply proper techniques during the embroidery digitization process.
First, is the artwork ready to be digitized or does it need any modifications? A beautiful logo or artwork on screen or print may not be reproduced well in embroidery. There are many limitations in embroidery as to how well it can do to reproduce gradient colors, shadows, tiny details, small letters, multiple layers of outlines... to name just a few. Experienced digitizers know what need to be simplified or modified, what need to be enlarged and what need to be eliminated if any.
Sequence of Stitches
When the artwork is ready, the digitizer must decide on the sequence of stitches in the design from start to finish, called "pathing". Pathing can affect the final quality of the embroidered design. An embroidery design with improper pathing may result in unwanted gaps, uneven lettering, fabric puckering and shifting, hence a poor stitch out. In a small design this may not seem to be a problem, but when dealing with more complicated designs, the differences are prominent. Moreover, experienced digitizers know that even the same design may be done differently for chest and for hats in terms of pathing, let alone other factors. Properly laid pathing is also a factor on how long it will take for the design to be embroidered - obviously a smoother design produced in shorter time costs less.
Stitch Type Selection
Next, the digitizer must decide on the stitch types for each section/element of the design. These include fill stitch, satin (column) stitch and running stitch, and their variations. Seems easy? Not quite. Skilled digitizer will know what stitch type will bring the best look to the design, the direction of the stitch, the density, the amount of underlaying stitch... and more, depending on the type of fabric, the color of fabric, what is to be sewn on top of this stitch section, etc.
Pull and Push Compensation
Last but not least, there is this factor called "compensation" to consider. More specifically, there are "pull compensation" and "push compensation". These are embroidery digitizing techniques used to counteract/compensate the distortion (pull or push) caused by the interaction of the needle, thread, backing and machine tensions. It may be easy to understand these factors, however, by how much certain areas of embroidery section needs pull or push compensation is again dependent on the experience of the digitizer.
At 123Digitizing, we pride ourselves on having a group of well trained, time-tested, skilled embroidery digitizers who know what they are doing. They are our heros who make it possible to provide our customers with outstanding digitizing quality and exceptional customer service, year after year and well into the future.