Embroidery machines do not read the same file types as your computer can, so before they can do their job, you have to digitize your logo so that the machines can understand. From the viewpoint of a digitizer, this typically involves taking a JPG or PNG image of a customer’s corporate logo or artwork and converting it into an embroidery file. The type of embroidery file is determined by the type of embroidery machine you’re going to use.
How to Digitize Your Logo
You will move ahead with converting the artwork or emblem into the correct file form once you know what kind of embroidery machine you’re working with. You’ll need to have digitization software built on your computer to do this. For commercial digitizing, our Senior Digitizer recommends Wilcom Advanced Digitizing Tools. Brother Embroidery Design Software, Husqvarna Premier+ Embroidery Software, Janome Digitizer Software, and Embird Machine-Independent Embroidery Software are other common digitizing software. Follow the steps below once you’ve selected the embroidery software.
1. Upload your logo
You will insert your logo or design file (JPG, PNG, etc.) into the software in this first step and crop out any unwanted blank space around the image that you want to embroider.
2. Set Embroidery Design Size
For your embroidered logo or design, enter your desired dimensions. This will be the exact size that your image will appear on your object, so make sure to measure the available space for embroidery carefully! Once you have it just right, before moving on to the next stage, make sure to lock the picture.
3. Pick Your form of stitch
A range of different types of stitches is used to achieve different looks, textures, and more. Each type of stitch has a maximum stitch length that must be considered. When choosing your stitch styles, you should also remember the fabric and the “push and pull” of the garment. Here are the three most common stitch styles for machine embroidery.
- Straight Stitch
The straight stitch is a simple embroidery stitch in which straight lines of stitches are repeated to create a pattern. By repeating a straight stitch several times, you can create thick lines. It is important to remember that straight stitches can be used for curved shapes, not just straight lines!
- Satin Stitch
If you want text embroidered, then the satin stitch is probably the type of stitch for you. Satin stitching has a longer thread length that gives it a shiny look that works well for lettering. 12.1mm is the maximum stitch length for satin stitches.
- Fill Stitch
Often known as the tatami stitch or the ceding stitch, as its name implies, the fill stitch is usually used to fill patterns. Filling stitches use alternating lines to give a woven look to the embroidery. For filling stitches, the maximum stitch duration is 4mm.
4. Set Stitch Direction
Setting the direction of the stitch is simply making a road map to follow your embroidery machines. You’ll tell the machines to provide step by step instructions for each stitch in this step. Different stitch patterns may be used to achieve the appearance of various contours, textures, and colors. Too many trims hops and an unsightly machine pattern will result from skipping this stage. You’ll also save time and thread by having a successful stitch path!
5. Set Your Embroidery Thread Colors
From the color bar, choose your embroidery thread colors. Be sure to match the colors of the embroidery thread to your Pantone corporate logo colors. Check out our PMS Color Matching Chart if you’re unsure what your Pantone colors are and then display them in thread form in our Embroidery Thread Color Guide.
6. Transfer the File to Your Embroidery Machine
Transfer to your embroidery machine your converted embroidery file (dst, exp, jef, etc). Using a USB cable, flash card or directly from the device running the embroidery software, this can be achieved.
7. Prepare the Embroidery Machine for Embroidering
To get your embroidery machines ready to stitch out your digitized company logo or design, you need to take a few steps. By choosing the correct needles, threads, orientation, and embroidery series, you first need to notify the computer about the design elements. Make sure your computer has the colors of your appropriate thread. Then, in your embroidery loops or embroidery frames, put your items or fabric and slide them into the embroidery machine arms.
8. Embroidering a sample, test your digitized logo
See your embroidery machine go to work on the logo or design you have recently digitized. This is expected to take just a few minutes! Check the embroidered design once it is completed to see if you need to make any digital changes before embroidering your items. Make the modifications and evaluate again if necessary until you’re pleased with the result. Then you are ready with your perfectly digitized logo to embroider items!