Embroidery and Digitization

February 4th, 2013 by Victoria Britton

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If you have ordered custom embroidery before you have probably heard the word “digitizing”.

Embroidery Digitizing or is the process of converting a logo artwork into digital data that tells a computerized embroidery machine how to move during the embroidery process.  To embroider any item (such as a shirt, cap or bag) you need a digitized file which tells the embroidery machine what to stitch on the garment.  This is a very different file from a ‘vectorised’ printing file.

Scanners convert designs into a computer format, allowing the digitizer to use even the most primitive of artwork without recreating the design. Many embroidery digitizing systems allow the digitizer to transfer the design directly into the embroidery digitizing program without using intermediary software.

Stitch Count: Each Logo is made up of a number of stitches, ie how many times the needle goes through the garment.  The cost of the Embroidery Digization is worked out based on the stitch count.  This also determines the price per ‘hit’ (that’s embroidery per item).

Framing: Each item to be embroidered has to be fitted into a frame.  These vary in size allowing embroidery to small items such as a wallet up to larger ones for a big web site across the back of a coat.

Colours and Colour Change:  When the logo is digitized a ‘stop’ is recorded for every time the machine needs to change the colour.  The colours in an ‘embroidery’ can be changed for different garments.  Unlike printing changing embroidery colours does not add any additional cost.

Monogram: Embroidered design composed of one or more letters, usually the initials and a name.

If you are looking for embroidered Products, Pennline offer a high quality embroidery and garment service across a full range of products.  Please call or contact our team today to discuss your requirements.