The embroidery process begins with an idea or a piece of artwork. That artwork then has to be “digitized” which is the specialized process of converting two dimensional artwork into stitches or thread. The digitizing computer software will allow numerous machines to embroider (stitch) the logo/design repetitively onto the various garments. Contrary to popular opinion, you cannot take a particular format of art such as a JPG, TIF,EPS or BMP, and convert it to an embroidery tape. The digitizer has to actually recreate the artwork using stitches, meaning, the digitizer is programming the sewing machine to sew a specific design, in a specific color, with a specific type of stitch. This is the process known as digitizing. Embroidery three dimensional and thus allowing some exciting effects to be included to “spruce up” a normally flat piece of artwork The digitizing of an image can be simple to very complicated (more expensive) depending on the size and the detail of the image. When an image is digitized, our technicians/craftsmen use a digitizing computer program that assists in accurately converting your logo or electronic artwork into a system of stitches that the embroidery machine can read. This activity is as much an art form as it is a science. Skill and creativity are essential. The embroidery digitizing, is normally a one-time process. It requires relatively clean artwork as a starting point. While, a business card, letterhead, or a decal will suffice as this artwork, camera-ready or computer generated graphics from a program such as Corel Draw or Adobe Photoshop may result in truer finished embroidery. Going To Production: While the digitizing process automates the machine stitching, much of the process continues to be hands on. Before the sewing can begin, specific thread colors must be loaded by hand into the machines. A spool of thread for each color for each sewing head must be loaded. The machine itself is programmed by the operator to sew the design in a particular color sequence and a particular sewing speed. The garments must then be “hooped” individually, again by hand, and then loaded into the machine. Once the design has completed sewing, the garment is taken off the machine, un-hooped, and then sent to the next step in the production process.
The actual embroidery stitching consists of:
Selecting the Garment/Apparel to be Embroidered:
Selecting the type of garment/apparel material is an important consideration when embroidering. A T-shirt for example will likely have fewer stitches than denim given that the fabric is not as heavy and will not hold as many stitches. Polyester fleece, on the other hand, (and the ‘underlay’ stitches that you don’t see on the finished product) will likely have different stitches. Fleece has ‘loft’, meaning that it’s relatively thick and springy. Underlay stitching is required to ‘squash’ down the fleece where satin stitches will be placed otherwise stitches may be ‘lost’ in the springy fleece (and not be seen). Often you may use one logo on many different types of fabrics. However, to ensure the best presentation, we appreciate and recommend working with us in advance when selecting the garment and fabric type that will be embroidered.