Most embroidery prints and designs today are made through computerized means instead of manually. Creating embroidery through computerized embroidery machine is actually sometimes preferred by many because the job is done in no time and with precision.
There are basically five steps in digitizing and making the embroidery design through computerized embroidery machine.
Designing the Embroidery Files: Many small companies are offering embroidery digitizing these days and we can buy or create embroidery design files from them. There are also designs that are ready to be downloaded from web sites. Embroidery digitizers, or embroidery punchers as known to some, make the designs by using digitizing software, which will allow the digitizer to create the design in the native file format and make it easy to edit and reshape later on. Different embroidery machines use different file formats so we should know the file format of the embroidery digitizing software to complete the task.
In embroidery digitizing, it is important that the digitizer keep the original file of the design. This is because converting the design file to a stitch file might lose important information and make it hard to either change or edit the design in the latter part of the process. Among the important information of the design that should be preserved are the object outlines, the thread colors, and the original artwork used to make the design.
Editing the Design: After the digitizing process, we will have the option to edit the design. Embroidery software can help us to move, sketch, rotate, split, crop, or copy the design. We can also add some text or change the colors.
Loading Design Into the Embroidery Machine: After the designing and the editing, we can now load the final design into the embroidery machine. As stated above, different machines use different file formats so we should first be sure that the design we created is compatible for the embroidery machine. The most common file formats accepted by many machines are ART, VIP, JEF, SEW, HUS, and PES.
Stabilizing the Fabric To Be Used: This process will again depend on the embroidery machine. In stabilizing the fabric we have to consider the machine, the design and its density, and the type of fabric to use. We need to stabilize the fabric to avoid wrinkles and other problems. We do this by either adding one or more additional pieces called stabilizers or interfacing to the fabric, or by using a hoop which is attached to the machine.
Starting the Embroidery: As soon as the fabric is stabilized and the design file is well settled into the embroidery machine, we can start with the embroidering. Monitoring the machine is needed, of course, since there is a need to make color (thread) changes and add special effects and such. We also have to look that the machine goes into the right stitching path as was detailed in the digitizing process.
Embroidery isn’t as difficult as it was long ago. With embroidery digitizing and computerized machines, embroidering designs and patterns can be done by just about anyone. This is the real advantage of creating embroidery through computerized embroidery machine.