We offer Embroidery Digitizing
at $ 1 per 1000 stitches, Vector Conversion
at $ 5 per artwork and Embroidery Designs
at $2 per design
Applique is a way of digitizing, means trimming cut from one piece of fabric and stitched to another to add
dimension and texture. If appliqué occupies a significant amount of the design, the stitch count is lower.
ASI is the shortened form of Advertising Specialty Institute. It has been providing award-winning products and
services to the advertising specialty and promotional products industry for over 50 years.
ASI publishes print and online business magazines, product catalogs, Web sites and informational directories.
Woven or non-woven material used underneath the item or fabric being embroidered to provide support and
stability for the needle penetration. Best used when hooped with the garment, but also can be placed between
the item to be embroidered and the needle plate on flat bed machines.Available in many styles and weights with
two basic types (Cutaway and Tearaway).
A bean stitch is a running stitch that goes from point A to point B and then goes back from point B to point
A and then goes forward from point A to point B.
Embroidery Digitizing (Punching) technique used to counteract the distortion caused by the interaction of the needle, thread,
backing and machine tensions. Also a programmable feature in some software packages.
If a customer send a picture of artwork or a logo to be digitize, the digitizing company will assume this customer either own
the copyright to it or have received written permission from the copyright owner to have it digitized for machine embroidery.
If it is a nationally recognized logo, I will probably ask the owner for the written permission. This is to protect the customer
from possible copyright infringement.
Digitizing or Punching
Digitizing and Punching are universal terms, the digital means of converting artwork into the vector commands-readable by an
embroidery machine's computer-that determine needle penetrations, color changes, stitch characteristics, start and stop points,
and so on.
To embroider a shirt or baseball cap, the customer need a digitizing file sometimes referred to a tape. This is because the old
embroidery machines used punched paper tapes and a tape reader to operate. With the advancements of new technology and the use
of computerized embroidery, 3.5" floppy diskettes are now more common in the industry. An Embroidery Disk and a Digitizing Tape
are similar references. A digitizing tape/disk contains all the instructions which tell the embroidery machine what to stitch on
Decorative stitching on fabric. Generally involves non-lettering designs but can also include lettering and/or monograms. Evidence
of embroidery exists during the reign of Egyptian pharaohs, in the writings of Homer and from the Crusaders of the 12th century.
Evolved from hand work to manual sewing machines and from hand-looms and schiffli machines with hundreds of needles to high-speed,
computerized multihead machines.
Embroidery Digitizing or Embroidery Punching is the process of converting artwork into digital data that tells a computerized
embroidery machine how to move during the embroidery process.
A device made from wood, plastic or steel with which fabric is gripped tightly between an inner ring and an outer ring and
attached to the machine's pantograph. Machine hoops are designed to push the fabric to the bottom of the inner ring and hold
it against the machine bed for embroidering.
A design program where individual stitches in a design have been specifically digitized for a certain size. Designs punched
in this format cannot generally be enlarged or reduced more than 10 to 20 percent without distortion because stitch count
remains constant. See "condensed format".
Embroidery that is framed in hoops, usually exclusively on the top of the embroidery machine's hook assembly.
A fill stitch is used to cover a large area in a design. Fill stitches can be aligned to create patterns or they can change
direction to provide different effects from within the design.
Machine specific readable information.
Processes performed after embroidery is complete. Includes trimming loose threads, cutting or
tearing away excess backing, removing topping, cleaning any stains, pressing
or steaming to remove wrinkles or hoop marks and packaging for sale or shipment.
As the same as fill stitch, please see Fill Stitch.
Running stitches used to assist in placement of an applique or in the placement of a die for
cutting of emblems, also called a cut line.
Machine embroidery hoops are available in a variety of sizes. They are machine specific and must
be designed for the machine you are using. The size of the hoop you use will be determined by the
design you are embroidery. The closer the hoop size is to the design, the less likely there will
be any movement of the fabric. Movement of the fabric can result in the final stitches being poorly
located on the design.
Movement of the frame without stitching but with take up lever and hook movement.
Embroidery using letters or words, either made completely with stitches, or a combination of cutout
applique pieces and stitching.
Commonly referred to as a lock-down or tack-down stitch, a lock stitch is formed by three or four consecutive
stitches of at least a 10-point movement. It should be used at the end of all columns, fills and at the end of
any element in your design where jump stitches will follow, such as color changes or the end of a design.
Lock stitches may be stitched in a triangle, star or in a straight line. Lock stitch is also the name of the
type of stitch formed by the hook and needle of home sewing machines, as well as computerized embroidery machines.
The codes and formats used by different machine manufacturers within the embroidery industry.
Embroidered design composed of one or more letters, usually the initials in a name.
Small slender sewing instrument with an eye at one end to pass the thread through.
1. Running, double or bean stitch used to define embroidery details in designs.
2. Digitizing capability to input points to define the perimeter of the embroidered area.
Push and Pull
The terms push and pull are used together so often, it seems at times people believe they happen together.
They do sometimes, but in most cases the element and/or the fabric are causing either push or pull, but not both.
The exception to this rule tends to be in satin stitch columns, whether in a letter or otherwise. Satin columns
can pull in on the ends and out on the sides.
Running stitches or walk stitches are single line stitches which run one stitch between two needle penetration point.
A running stitch goes from point A to point B. They are used for very fine detail and also for underlay.
Satin stitches are nothing more than zigzag stitches. A satin stitch can range in thickness from just over 1mm
to usually a maximum of 12mm. A satin stitch is normally used for nice detail and for most normal size lettering.
Scanners convert designs into a computer format, allowing the digitizer to use even the most primitive of artwork
without recreating the design. Many embroidery digitizing systems allow the digitizer to transfer the design directly
into the embroidery digitizing program without using intermediary software.
Ability within one design program to enlarge or reduce a design. In expanded format, most scaling is limited to 10
percent to 20 percent because the stitch count remains constant despite final design size. In condensed or outline
formats, on the other hand, scale changes may be more dramatic because stitch count and density may be varied.
Operation in the finishing process that involves trimming the reverse and top sides of the embroidery, including
jump stitches and backing.
A two-ply stitch is a running stitch that goes from point A to point B and then goes back from point B to point A and stops.
The 360 Embroidery
The 360 embroidery is a term. There is a way to sew the front, the right side and the left side of a cap all at once.
Tautness of thread when forming stitches. Top thread tension, as well as bobbin thread tension, needs to be set.
Proper thread tension is achieved when about one third of the thread showing on the underside of the fabric on a
column stitch is bobbin thread.
Used under the regular stitching in a design. The stitches are placed to provide stability to the fabric and to
create different effects. Underlay is normally a series of running stitches or a very light density fill often
placed in the opposite direction that the stitching will go.
Stitches laid down before other design elements to help stabilize
stretchy fabrics and to tack down high naps on fabrics so the design's details don't get lost.
3D puff embroidery is another way of sewing, which involves use of foam under the threads.
Sewing is normally done on the edge of the form, leaving the middle part of the form having the effect of being elevated.
3D-effect embroidery, by contrast, is direct embroidery with fabric and thread only – no foam. Thick underlay and lots
of thread are usually used to achieve the three-dimensional effect.