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Term of the Week: Cornering

Digitizing and embroidering sharp, clean corners can be a difficult challenge. When moving away from a straight line to a corner, both the angle of the corner and changing the stitch length are key components to be considered. The spacing of the stitches in a corner are wider than the spacing of the stitches at the straight end, yet both the outside and inside edges of a corner have the same amount of stitches.

As a result of this, different techniques of cornering were created to help control distortion in a variety of situations. These various types of corners each have a certain purpose and merit, depending on the degree of sharpness and overall look you would like to achieve.

The varieties of styles are:

  • Auto Turned: allow for stitches to curve in a natural fashion
  • Mitered: used for acute/tight angles or small lettering, creates an overlap of stitches so that the corner does not pull apart or leave a gap at the intersection of the two ends
  • Hand-Sewn: made to mimic the look of hand-sewing, stitching will come to a stop on one side of the corner, turn without stitching, and resume stitching once again
  • Capped: used for covering the dividing and intersecting lines to achieve a cleaner look

Source: Olivia Dean