Digitizing is the process of turning a piece of flat artwork into a stitched embroidery design and storing that design onto some form of media. A design is split into its component parts and for each part the digitizer must decide what type of stitch to use, what direction to stitch in and other variables such as how close together the stitches should be placed and how long the stitches should be. Another factor that has to be taken into account is the fact that when fabric is stitched the stitches shrink the fabric slightly and this must be compensated for by making each section slightly bigger, in the direction of the stitches. This is called 'Pull Compensation' and is just one of the many factors that can decide whether or not a design runs well on an embroidery machine and will produce a good quality finish.
We have two pieces of the latest Wilcom ES-2006 design software, ES-21D and ES45, and this is the specialist software that we use to digitize all our embroidery designs in-house thus giving us complete control over quality, from artwork to finished item. We also digitize a number of designs for other embroiderers in the UK, France, South Africa and the USA. We can output to disk but we normally send designs via e-mail in any of the major formats. We have a quick turnaround on most designs.
Whilst a design is being digitized we can check how it will actually look using Wilcom's 'Trueview' mode. This is a mode that simulates how the stitched design will actually look when it is embroidered.
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