Printwear

February '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 8 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R || 55 work from the center towards the outside. This technique places the least amount of stress on the fabric and helps reduce distor- tion. That said, there is no right or wrong thought process if the result sews and looks beautiful. For this design, I chose to do the red first as that is the largest area. Next will be the dark shading followed by the gold areas. After this, I would do the black borders and then proceed to the background of the arrow, the arrow, outline of the arrow, and then the text. The next step is to begin the digitizing process. In most cases, digitizing the shape is a matter of tracing the shape with the appropriate digitizing tool. When dealing with shapes that are broken up by other objects (such as the heart), use a run stitch to connect the objects to avoid the use of a trim. After doing the heart, the next step would be to trace the shape of the shading. To achieve the shading and soften the effect, lighten the density of the shaded area so that some of the stitching from the previous layer shows through. Also connect the sepa- rated shapes with a running stitch. The black border follows next to help tie everything together. Whenever there are borders involved, you don't want to go too far along without completing them. As a design stitches, the fabric moves. If you wait too long to add the border, you can experi- ence areas that do not line up properly by the time the design is finished stitching. The black border stitching also covers up any of the travel stitches that were used to connect the various shapes. Therefore, it is important to have the entire design thought out before the digitizing process. The next step is to digitize the top of the arrow. The arrow can be digitized in one section rather than breaking it up into mul- tiple sections since there will be black detail to create the finishing touches. The stitch direction can be effective in showing the vertical bend at the top of the arrow. Stitch Top left: When dealing with shapes that are broken up by other objects (such as the heart), use a run stitch to connect the objects to avoid the use of a trim. Top right: After doing the heart, the next step would be to trace the shape of the shading. Above left: Accents such as the highlight and banner will be stitched according to layout and size. Above right: The black border ties everything together while also covering up any travel stitches used to connect elements.

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