Secret Tips to Digitize a Logo for Embroidery

Digitization software works with embroidery machines to turn your existing logo into a beautiful design on garments. It’s not as straightforward as installing an app on your PC, connecting it with a sewing machine, and getting started. Digitizing designs can take hours, and only professionals with a lot of hands-on experience in stitch types, underlay, and other stuff can manage operations.

Whether you have a team of in-house logo digitizers or outsource the job to others, you can always have a basic understanding of the process involved in logo digitizing for embroidery. Let’s take a look at crucial elements and procedures.

Types of stitches

  1. Straight or running stitches – Primarily used for shading, outlining, and other detail work, straight stitches are preferred for creating curved shapes and straight lines. Such stitches are also referred to as running stitches.
  2. Damask or satin stitches – The final outcome needs a shiny appearance, and this is where damask or satin stitches come into the picture. Used in hand and machine embroidery, these stitches are crucial for creating borders, designing a logo, or writing the text on fabric.
  3. Fill stitches –  As the name suggests, fill stitches add value to the design by filling large spaces on garments. They increase the cloth’s durability and help in creating an overall textured look.

Types of digital embroidery appreciated for commercial use

Patch, laser, 3D puff, and standard embroidery techniques are best suited for creating a logo on any piece of garment. These are the most appreciated types for commercial use.

Steps for digitizing the logo

  • Step 1 – Experienced professionals transform the selected file (logo image) into a machine-readable logo format for embroidery. File types vary, depending on the embroidery machine. Digitization specialists can choose DST for Tajima units, EXP in case of Melco machines, JEF for Janome, KWK, suitable for Brother machines, DSB for Barudan units, or TAP for Happy brand devices.
  • Step 2 – The file is opened in the embroidery digitizing software, and irrelevant areas or spaces in the logo design are cropped.
  • Step 3 – The logo’s final appearance entirely relies on the type of stitch, its feel, and its length. Thus, an embroidery digitizer needs to choose the type of stitch best suited for the logo’s design, depending on the texture and looks required. The process is known as stitch class selection.
  • Step 4 – Dimensions need to be selected depending on the logo’s position on garments. Embroidery digitization specialists assign various stitch types (fill stitch, satin, or running stitch) for each part of the logo to ensure a perfect sew-out.
  • Step 5 – Then, the next crucial step, choosing color combinations for treads according to the colors in the logo design.
  • Step 6 – Once the artwork is ready, directions are selected for each stitch, depending on how it needs to fall on the garment. The order of stitches is programmed from the beginning to the end. The process is known as “traveling.”
  • Step 7 – Embroidery machines are connected to the computer used for running digitization software. Fabrics are placed in position in the device, and needles, threads as chosen as per orientation and sequence.

Experienced professionals double-check and ensure everything is in order as per guidelines. Before setting the fabric lot, a test garment is inserted in the machine for embroidering a sample.

You can always outsource embroidery designing work to trustworthy agencies like Vectors Artwork. Our team of professional digitizers is always willing to assist you. Feel free to contact us at: art@vectorsartwork.com