Digitizing? Explaining embroidery lingo

Every time you see a shirt or hat with an embroidered company design or team logo, that design was"digitized". Embroidery digitizing is the process of converting existing artwork into a stitch file that an embroidery machine can sew on to a garment.

Before any design can be embroidered, it must be digitized. Digitizing is a complex process that is both art and science.

  1. Your original artwork is examined for details and exact specifications.
  2. An "outline" file is created by an artist, digitally tracing the artwork to produce a custom stitch file.
  3. The path of the needle is determined. The artist specifies the exact path the needle will take while stitching.
  4. Additional stitch file information is created, adjusting thread density, placing underlay stitches and compensating for "push/pull" factors.

The digitizing artist also changes the type of stitches used in the design to best reproduce the artwork and match your specifications for the file.

Great digitizing is the foundation of great embroidery.