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digitizing embroidery stitches

Stitching Guidelines for Digitizing

by: 

Ed Levy

Ed Levy is an industry veteran and director of software technologies at Hirsch Solutions.

STITCHING GUIDELINES

When digitizing any file, keep these few basics in mind:

  • The minimum safe size for a column stitch is 1.0mm. As you gain experience, you will be able to reduce the minimum to about .8mm and still end up with a satisfactory column.
  • The maximum safe size for a column stitch is 8.0mm to 10.0mm. 
  • Anything less than .6mm (.25") is considered small lettering. 
  • Create a design with the fewest trims/color changes to maximize machine efficiency. 
  • Start with larger areas and work toward smaller areas. 
  • On difficult fabrics, it may be necessary to break up a design into a series of sections to ensure proper registration. 
  • For hats, work from the center out and, when possible, from the bottom up. 

DIGITIZING TOOLS & STITCH TYPES

There are four main stitch types in embroidery: Manual, run, satin/column/steil, and fill. 

Manual stitching is very random, and stitches are only placed where you click to enter points. 

A run stitch is a series of stitches traveling in a linear form. 

A satin stitch is column stitching. It is generally used for small shapes, borders, regular size lettering, etc. 

A fill stitch is a series of run stitches formed together to fill a larger shape. Fills can be solid areas or have sections voided out. 

Learn how to create a custom embroidery fill here