Custom-made apparel has come a long way in the past decade. Through strides in technology, designing and sewing custom clothing can be done easily and in no time at all. These days, the whole process of embroidery can be streamlined with the aid of computers. There’s no more need to fiddle with stitching or hurt your hands trying to learn how to sew, all you need is a design, a reliable digital embroidery service, and some creative chutzpah, and you’re on your way to making your unique design and custom apparel a reality.
Digital embroidery can be used to create custom apparel for bands/musicians/artists, brands, companies, sporting events, concerts, and the like.
But before you start designing your own custom clothing, it might be helpful to learn how digital embroidery works. So, how does digital embroidery work exactly? Here are a few things you should know about it.
What is an embroidery machine?
An embroidery machine is used to create designs and patterns which are then transferred onto fabric. It can be used for everything from creating custom apparel for t-shirts, hats, jackets, to monogrammed towels and bedroom slippers. They resemble sewing machines and are commonly run from computers that contain preset images and designs.
Some embroidery machines come with their own software, making choosing a design or pattern that much easier.
How does it work?
A digital design is programmed into the computer the embroidery machines work from, which is then submitted into the machine’s computer or transmitted via an external computer. Though the technology isn’t entirely without limitations – the design still must fit the size that the machine is capable of creating in a format it recognizes.
Often, a design will already be pre-programmed into the computer’s memory card or disk to be accessed from there. Other times it can be accessed via laptop or desktop computer.
After the design is programmed into the machine, a fabric is then placed on an embroidery hoop which is fitted onto the machine. The hoop is similar than a standard hand embroidery hoop.
The fabric must be held taut in the hoop for the embroidery to be precise and properly sewn. Most embroidery machines use one color at a time. The machine will indicate which color thread it will first use, then embroider the design with it, then after it’s done it will move on to the next color. In some machines, it is the user that specifies which color to be used first.
While the embroidery is underway, the user must monitor its progress. From the time the thread and fabric are in place and the machine starts its work, it will follow the design it’s given, with the machine directing the embroidery arm where it needs to go to complete the pattern.
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