March '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 7 M A R C H P R I N T W E A R || 25 combinations as there is a tremendous amount of contrast with the lighter color being the thread. Black thread on a white garment also has an enormous amount of contrast but the black thread easily covers the white garment. HOW CAN THE DIGITIZER BE THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN PROFIT OR LOSS? The digitizer has two imperative but dif- ferent roles in the design process, and each role is equally as important as the other. The first role is for the design to look beautiful. The digitizer needs to evaluate the two-dimensional artwork and create the nicest looking design possible. Since embroidery has depth and texture, adjust- ments must be made per the size of the finished design. Often, the original art- work needs to be modified to be appro- priate for embroidery. The second role of the digitizer is to engineer the design for optimal machine performance. The digitizer controls ev- ery machine movement, trim, and color change. A poorly running machine can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to complete a job. Excessive trims Take fabric type into consideration when digitiz- ing. A design done on a piqué fabric with a honey- comb texture would stitch out differently on a smooth jersey. (Im- age courtesy Hirsch Solu- tions Inc.) Stahls' CAD-CUT ® TEMPLATES PW0317 | 800.478.2457 | 800.521.4384 Customize templates with interchangeable data, text, and clipart to make one-color CAD-CUT ® heat transfer designs for popular decorating markets. CHOOSE A TEMPLATE CUSTOMIZE HEAT APPLY

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