There are three basic stitch types that are used for all embroidery.
In addition to different stitch types, the other factors a digitizer has to deal with is density, stitch directions and stitch lengths. The stitch directions and stitch lengths enable the digitizer to create different effects with the stitch types just described. The density refers to stitches per inch. The greater the density, the more stitches will be used within that defined area.
A good technique for a digitizer to use is to use a greater
amount of underlay to stabilize the material and allow for less density to be used in the
particular segment of the design.
Digitizing is an art
and takes a considerable amount of time to learn
The Digitizing Process:
A digitizer begins by creating a cartoon which is an enlargement of the artwork 3 to 6 times the actual size or by scanning the artwork into the computer.
The next step is for the digitizer to lay out the different stitch types, stitch directions, densities and then to create a map of starting point, ending point and the paths to take along the way.
The next step is to actually digitize the design. The digitizer will enter coordinates using a puck which is attached to a digitizing tablet or a mouse which is connected to the computer.
After the design is digitized, a sample of the design is
sewn out. It is always best to sew the sample on the exact or similar material which will
actually be used for production. If the design has any flaws, it will then be edited and a
new sewout will be done for verification. This process must repeat until the design sews
With proper training
and a great deal of practice,