March '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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26 || P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED ACCORDING TO ED can lead to excessive thread breaks. Improper machine pathing can create garment puckering, and irregular stitch or density settings can create needle breaks and holes. In short, the digitizer's role is to create a well-engineered design that runs well, and an artistic design that looks beautiful. ARE POOR-QUALITY SEWN DESIGNS THE RESULT OF LOW-COST DIGITIZING? Not necessarily. Training and experience are key components in creating a high-quality design. In addition to a full understanding of the embroidery software program, the digitizer must have a full understanding of the embroidery process, stitch limitations, and ef- fective design pathing. Modern digitizing systems allow the creation of complicated shapes with the push of a button. The danger associ- ated with this is that an untrained digitizer can complete a design without understanding many of the intricate details related to design

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