A good embroidery design starts with good clean artwork.This allows the digitizer to just scan in the art and start digitizing on screen. If you still use a board you’ll just have to blow up the art, draw your guides in, tape up the art and start digitizing. Today a lot of the artwork used by embroidery digitizers was made for screen printing. This can create a problem for beginning digitizers. If they don’t understand how embroidery is sewn on the embroidery machine, mistakes can be easily made. To do good embroidery proper spacing is needed on artwork or in the process of digitizing.
To do quality embroidery designs you need a good digitizer who knows what to take out of a design. When digitizing embroidery designs from art work the question is; what can I take out of this design? Less is more. When you look at a design and there is a lot of detail, just imagine the design at finished size. A lot of the artwork you may get might be very large. You have to reduce the size to finished embroidered size, look at it and imagine what this looks like in stitches. You must think out of the box.
Proper path while digitizing is required to unsure a good embroidery design. Path through your design by hiding stitches to sew underneath objects in the foreground. This eliminates unnecessary trims in designs that cause the design to run longer than need be, holding up production. It is possible to see designs with higher stitch counts sew faster than some designs with lower stitch counts. The reason more than likely is the way they were digitized. This is a science that takes time to learn.
Proper registration makes a good embroidery design. For caps as much as possible, work from the center out to reduce registration issues. Using a start and stop on the bottom center of designs will give you a better look at how far down toward the bib the design will start. Remember that normally the last thing to sew should be the text in a design.
Knowledge about different fabric types is very helpful in achieving good quality embroidery design. This will allow you to design a logo in conjunction with a particular fabric. If you are sewing on different types of fabrics just adjust setting for the most unstable fabric. On some fabrics (Terrycloth) you’ll need to thicken up columns more than you would on others (Leather). In sewing on fabric, for every action there is a re-action. These actions and re-actions are called push and pull compensation.
Proper backing is needed to achieve good embroidery design quality. You get what you pay for. Medium weight tearaway backing is good when sewing on caps and satin jackets. Use heavy weight backing when more stability is needed like sewing on satin jackets. Keep in mind that cutaways provide better stability than tearaways. The more unstable the fabric, the heavier the backing should be. On light colored fabrics, a no show polymesh is great. There are no concrete rules to go by, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Proper needles are needed to help ensure a good embroidery design sew out. Sharp point needles are perfect for use on tightly woven fabrics such as denim, towels, corduroy, twill, etc. As the needle passes through the garment it may actually cut some of the fibers so be sure not to use sharp needles on fine knits. Cutting the fibers on knit fabrics may cause the fabric to run. Titanium needles are stronger than regular needles and are good when sewing on heavy fabrics. Teflon coated needles allow the needle to stitch through fabrics more easily.
A regular maintenance schedule for your sewing machine(s) is vital to long life of the machine as well as how well it sews embroidery designs in production.
To top it off, in order to achieve good embroidery design you’ll need a top notch machine operator who knows the embroidery machine as well as how the machine is suppose to work in conjunction with good quality embroidery.