Top 5 Embroidery Digitizing Troubleshooting Tips

The debate whether embroidery digitizing is an art form or science has long been going on. However, while this argument might take some more time to settle down, troubleshooting is one aspect that needs to be dealt with in the now. With a horde of fabrics, threads, hoops, needles, stabilizers and software tools out there, it’s but natural for even the most experienced digitizers to slip up once in a while. Add to this complex designs that have been whipped up by extremely creative graphic designers and the problem to recreate them in embroidery becomes apparent.While none of the above mentioned facts can be taken for an excuse for sloppy digitizing, every digitizer needs to be acquainted with some universal errors and their solutions. This is why we’ve pieced together a few tips to help you get through some troubleshooting generals.How to deal with embroidery gaps?Gaps between elements, where the outlines don’t meet the inside stitches can be caused due to various reasons. Since the inside stitches tend to pull the fabric inward, insufficient underlay, lack of pull compensation and incompatible type or weight of stabilizer should all be looked into by the embroidery digitizer. At times, you might also need to increase the layers on your stabilizer.How to remedy narrow satin stitches?While a satin stitch column could look great in theory or in the software, it may sew out of narrower than expected. In such a case, we suggest editing to increase the column width. If this too doesn’t work out in the test sew out, then increasing the strength or layers of stabilizer and checking the top and bobbin thread tension is recommended.How to handle coverage complications?When your stitches go on too light, we suggest increasing the density by decreasing the size of the design or switching to a heavier thread type. However, if you’re stuck in the reverse situation, where you end up with a bulletproof patch, we advise increasing the size of the design whenever possible or switching to a lighter thread type.How to tackle fabric puckering and buckling?Whenever you notice the fabric has puckered around the outer edges of a design, make sure the density is not too thick and the stitch length is not too short. At times, increasing the size of the design by 10-15% also proves helpful. However, if you have a knitted or lightweight fabric on hand, you will need to create a strong foundation with appropriate use of stabilizers.How to handle missing stitches on fabric?A lot of times an embroidery digitizer will be baffled by the situation that the stitches assigned by them showed up in the software, but went missing in the sew out. This happens mostly in the case of satin stitches because some machines are not programmed to sew on stitches that broad and simply omit them. The best solution would be to either decrease the size of the design and make a thinner column, or change the satin altogether to a random fill.While the above tips are certainly helpful for quick fixes, a test run is the only thing that can give you a head start and help you resolve every issue before the files reach your client – the mark of a truly professional embroidery digitizer.

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