Every digitizer dreams of delivering perfection on every order and getting a pat on the back for a job well done. However, truth is this is usually easier said than done. With so many variables at work, such as design intricacies, colors, fabric types, specialty embroidery effects like 3D or appliqué needs.
Embroidery, hoops and what not:
It becomes more and more difficult to even perceive perfection as a possibility. Nevertheless, you should not lose heart. Simply understanding the elements and how they interact, plus putting a system in place can actually bring you closer to delivering excellence in every order.
As a digitizer, you can’t just limit yourself to delivering the files and shrug off any responsibility as to what goes wrong during production. While having your digitizing-side sorted is winning half the battle, you should remember that the production floor is where it all comes together and the fate of your design is finally sealed. So, as a professional if you wish to achieve perfection, you must pay attention to the digitization, garment preparation and machine performance for effective troubleshooting, before the client has a chance to ring you up with a problem.
Selecting the wrong setup for garment type
- This can be easily resolved by simply paying attention to the job details or asking your client for the same. Once certain about the garment you’re digitizing for, it’s highly recommended to look into the push and pull of the fabric. While stiff fabrics have minimal pull, stretchy or soft fabrics allow for greater pull, making the stitches come on narrower than intended. When embroidery digitizing remember to compensate for this effect with appropriate underlay or suggest the use of stabilizer to bring about perfect results.
Incorrect design parameters Embroidery
- Thinking that you can get away with tweaking a well-digitized design to fit your client’s needs will never bring you great results. This includes playing around with the size, underlay, density, stitch length or even pull compensation. Always create tailor-made files, as the “one size fits all” theory has no place in the embroidery digitizing industry.
Incorrect design application for fabric type
- Again thinking that a file created for a certain type of fabric can be used on another is a big no-no. Each fabric has distinctive needs and characteristics, understanding them and digitizing accordingly makes all the difference.
The road to embroidery digitizing perfection goes through appropriate garment preparation. While most think that correctly hooping the garment is enough, it isn’t true. The right use of backing and/or topping also makes a huge difference. A simple suggestion to your client on the kind and amount of stabilizer or topping to be used will go a long way in eliminating any registration issues.
Embroidery Machine Performance
Not every embroidery issue can be blamed on the digitization. If you are certain that you’ve done everything under your control and double checked the quality of your designs with appropriate test runs, then machine performance needs to be looked into. Improper thread tension, inaccurate hoop mounting and needle selection are areas that can ruin the outcome of a perfectly digitized design.
At Expressdigitising.com, our highly skilled team stands ready to produce high-end designs that sew perfectly onto specialty and tricky fabrics with minimal production hassles. You can count on us for the most delightful embroidery digitizing experience at the most affordable prices each and every time.