February '16

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2 0 1 6 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R || 63 used. While the fill stitch is a workhorse, it can lack the finesse of other stitch types. A fill stitch is often accompanied by a satin border to give the fill a finished look. The standard stitch length of a fill stitch is gener- ally 4mm. Typically, the maximum recom- mended stitch length is about 5mm with a minimum recommendation of approxi- mately 3mm. Since each stitch type used has minimum and maximum values, it is important to understand the actual size of the design. Most designs are easily scalable, however they are only scalable within the limits of embroidery stitch types. For example, a de- sign digitized at 8" wide with 2mm thick satin stitch borders around a fill cannot be resized to 2.75" wide, as the width of the satin stitch will fall well below the recom- mended thresholds for sizing. MATERIAL The next factor that plays an important role in the digitizing process is the material. Since thread is tangible, it places stress on the embroidered material. The thread push- es, pulls, and moves the material as an un- avoidable cause of the embroidery process. It is the role of the digitizer to understand the effects of the thread on the material and design accordingly to combat those issues. A firm, thin material, such as denim, will have minimal resistance to the embroidery process. It is a fairly forgiving material that is easy to control. A fleece sweatshirt, on the other hand, is thick and spongy and allows the thread to sink into it. Different techniques would be used for fleece versus denim to help control those factors. This Digitizing tools provide the ability to do quick, non-production mock ups of a design for the pur- pose of estimating the stitch count. It is usually more accurate than simply guessing. Around 80 percent of all designs have some type of lettering in it, which makes a program with a variety of font options important. Professionally digitized fonts are superior to true type fonts that are later converted into embroidery.

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