How Embroidery Digitizing Works

Embroidery isn’t all that hard these days, because of digitizing. It has actually become faster and easier for many of us. Embroidery digitizing is basically putting in digital data into a computer with a digital file or scanned image and then creating stitch types, directions, density settings, and adjustments to make perfect embroidery. It’s like recreating an image or a pre-made pattern with the help of a digitizing software or program and saving it as an embroidery machine code.

The first step towards embroidery digitizing is to know what type of embroidery software to use for the project. We can find many embroidery digitizing softwares on the Internet. Once you have your program ready, you can scan in the artwork you want embroidered and start digitizing the image. You can use any image for the project — scanned from a magazine, a personal drawing, etc. If you have any worries as to whether the image is right for the project, don’t think on them too much. Part of the digitizer’s job is to make adjustments on the settings to make perfect embroidery.

Convert the size of the image to a bigger one, with the recommended size 3 to 6 times its actual size. Decide on the colors you want to use and apply them on the image. Be creative and try to bring out the sharpened beauty of the image you want embroidered.

Check the settings of the digitizer, as it should be programmed to lay out and make adjustments on the different stitch types to use, as well as the stitch directions, and density settings. It should also make considerations for the type of fabric to use. The digitizer will also do some “pathing,” or mapping, where the starting point for the stitching is determined along with the path of the stitches and the end point. This is how the digitizer became something of a “puncher” in embroidery. It lays out the map through which the embroidery machine follows through.

Preview the result of the digitized artwork after you’ve made the necessary additions, alterations, and adjustments. See that the image is clean. Zoom in if you have to. If there’s anything that’s out of place or incorrect, then make the necessary adjustments. When you’ve found the result satisfying and correct, only then do you go ahead with the embroidery. Make sure your machine will be able to read your file to transform it into stitches. This machine code is entered into the embroidery machine to be sewed onto the fabric.

If you want the project to be perfect, process a sample of the design by sewing it out on the same fabric or material. If there are flaws in the result, then go back to editing and adjusting it until the design looks perfect!
Many people now experience easy and faster embroidery because of today’s computer technology and embroidery digitizing. It only takes a while to learn embroidery digitizing, that even a beginner in embroidery will be able to make a beautiful piece.