Digitizing is a crucial part of custom embroidery. Basically, digitizing refers to the process through which an artwork is converted into a stitch file. An embroidery machine can then read such a file, and different stitch types and machine movements interpret it. Follow the steps of digitizing process below stated through which you can produce a perfectly digitized design

Preparing Artwork For Custom Digitizing

You, as a digitizer, will first analyze the design with the intention of identifying if edit is needed by it for embroidery. Artwork needs to be simplified first because it is designed for print media and cannot always be embroidered in a proper manner. You will also need to make other changes including image resizing, elimination of outlines and enlargement of small text.


After modification of a design via graphics software application, a stitch file is then created by using the file as a template for an embroidery program. After that, you need to decide the ways in which the pathing (sequence of stitches in a design) in the logo will run. Pathing helps in determining a design’s execution. In case of incorrect sequence in the embroidery, gaps may be made in the design which then becomes uneven. The length of a design’s running time on the machine is also affected by the pathing. In fact it seems unimportant, but a design will be cost-effective with a shorter run time.

Stitch Types

Now, stitch types are assigned to each section of the design and such types will be based on artwork that will be best represented by stitches. At first, the underlay stitches needs to be added. Even though these stitches are invisible in a logo you completed, it is essential to have the correct stitches in order to demonstrate skilled custom digitizing approach by creating an attractive logo.

Run, Satin and Fill are only three basic types of stitch, but these have variations. As an instance, large areas are covered by fill stitches; but you need to choose what type you need to use, the fill’s direction and in what place the fill should begin and end in the design. Besides these, you also need to think about the fabric type the logo will be embroidered on.

The Factor Of “Push & Pull”

Another important aspect of custom digitizing process is “Push & Pull” factor. There is a possibility that a design may move during digitizing process, leading to shifting in some stitches. Shifting may be occurred if you use long stitches, hefty fabric, large areas of and firmly wound bobbin thread. You will then need to correct the “push and pull” effects while making appropriate adjustments.

The Embroidery

If your designs have detail, longer time is required by the small text and color changes to set-up. In fact, much time, skills and experience are needed to properly and perfectly digitize designs because it is a very exacting custom digitizing process. Thus, you need to be absolutely familiar with how a variety of stitches will come along fabric. A well digitized logo design will make it attractive and to make sure this, hiring someone is important who must have knowledge, skills and experience in the digitizing field.