Embroidery machines work a little differently to print machines. They must be told exactly where, when and how to stitch a design. So how do we take a beautifully designed graphic and create a file that the machine can read? The answer is in embroidery punching, or embroidery digitising, which makes it possible to convert any design to embroidered design.
The advances in modern machine embroidery are responsible for the breakneck speed at which embroidered designs are sewn today. Digitization is an essential part of today's process. Indeed, without it, the very nature of modern manufacturing processes would have been a long shot.
What is embroidery punching?
It is the method of converting an artwork into an embroidery design using digital embroidery files. Clearly, the computer is incapable of recreating a graphic design in the form of stitches. The computer-generated file, which is often created by a skilled embroidery punching service, tells the machine how to stitch a pattern.
Stitch files are generated by one of our specialist who manually enters stitch specifics such as stitch form, stitch length, underlay specs, and other details that enable the computer to embroider any pattern. If a stitch file for a design has been developed, it can be used to embroider over as many items as desired with a few minor settings adjustments.
Design file guidelines
The recommendations for your graphic are outlined below, depending on which format of embroidery you'd like.
The maximum size of your file will depend on the product you are trying to embroider.
- Clothing: 460 x 310 mm (100 x 100mm recommended for chest artwork)
- Caps: 100 x 50 mm rectangle
- Beanies: 110 x 40 mm rectangle
The design itself can be any shape you wish, as long as it fits in the above boundaries.
The minimum width within your file should not exceed 5 mm, as the stitch will begin to pull the material and the final quality will be lower.