Embroidery Digitizing Services

How to Get Started with Embroidery Digitizing Services | iMaker Digitization

Embroidery digitizing is the process of encoding designs in a computer-readable format to create designs to be used in the embroidery machines. This makes it possible to print on fabrics that can be embroidered with thread such as hats, polos, bags, and so on. Realizing that professional embroidery digitizing services are available is essential for apparel decorators, promotional product distributors, and crafters who wish to take their products to an entirely new level.

Select the Fabric 

One of the first steps in embroidery digitizing services is determining what material you will be embroidering on the most and your preferred stitch number. Stitch density is the number of stitches per unit area within the logos or special designs that determine the detail and size of the logos. Garment thickness, or the type of fabric used such as cotton, polyester, or denim will help establish the maximum number of stitches allowed.

Determine Your File Format

Embroidery files come in different formats, just like printable documents can be PDFs, JPEGs, DOCs etc. Key file formats include DST, PES, EXP, or VP3.

Submit High-Quality Artwork

The files that will be provided by the digitizer for embroidery digitizing services will be based on the source artwork, so it is imperative that you provide good vector artwork. The images in formats such as JPEG and PNG when enlarged are blurry while the vectors are clear regardless of the size.

Recommended vector sources include:

  • Working with Adobe Illustrator AI and EPS files
  • Vector PDFs
  • High-resolution Scalable Vector Graphic formats such as SVG, drawing exchange formats such as DXF or drawing formats such as DWG.

Double-check that your artwork includes:

  • A combination of black fill enclosed by no colored lines (these must be converted to black)
  • In addition to this, the sectors’ line widths and strokes are uniform.
  • There are no overlapping shapes of objects and no transparent objects which can create an optical illusion.
  • Correct length and breadth values with appropriate units mentioned (either in centimeters or inches).
  • Less cleaning of artwork also ensures higher quality embroidery and at the same time is time-saving.

Fill Stitch-Specific Characteristics

By default, most digitizing services for embroidery will utilize satin fill stitching which involves the use of smooth and overlapped zigzag stitches to fulfill the shapes of the artworks. This is particularly ideal for logo designs that are large and clear or when an organization wants a large design for its banner. But even if your artwork has both large and small areas, particularly if it includes small text, intricate details, or thin lines or graphic structure, you may want to use specialized fill stitches as well. Some examples include:

  • Tatami Fill: Has the shortest and single-direction stitch texture that looks like brush works, perfect for intricate illustrations.
  • Step Fill: It For it uses graduated color densities and stitch lengths which are excellent for detailing and shading of small elements.

This enables finer details down to 5mm to stand out, at the same time the larger forms and contrasts in color are recognizable. Specialty fills are not available in all digitizers thus this should be seen as a strength when selecting a sophisticated digitizing firm.

Ask About Image Digitizing

  • Custom digitized logos for embroidery can also use digital photo effects, which are unique for a custom embroidery design. Some of the possibilities include turning the portraits, landscapes, or product images into pop art embroidery style. 
  • Additionally, the concepts and ideas of photographic montage can be applied to vector images with mascots, logos, or clipart, allowing for unique designs. This is because photos contain color gradients and fine details, which call for a unique method of digitizing the image to create embroidery. As in the case of vector art, all stitches that will be placed will be placed based on the color values of the picture.
  • The overall outcome is spectacular, as realistic image details are recreated even on the level of individual fibers; in fact, the dimensionality is achieved through the density and thickness of the applied threads rather than through the color palette. 
  • This way of digitizing is creative; it opens up unprecedented possibilities of creation. Therefore, whenever you need elegant branded products, distinctive art and craft design, wearable photo images, or any other innovative ideas to be embroidered, do not overlook image digitizing with your digitizer .

On the File Delivery

  • Professional digitizers like iMaker Digitization let you access the digitize image for embroidery within a few clicks and using cloud storage and online file delivery services. This means no more shipping USB drives and disks back and forth; these days, people expect information to be available instantly.
  • For many logos or designs, or if the customer has placed a large order, files can be sent directly to a dropbox. We also include reference sheets to each order indicating color sequence of the thread and other digitizing factors such as density and stitch width. 
  • We offer API connectivity to online stores and order fulfillment systems for trade clients running complex branding campaigns. This makes digitized design to be transferred automatically from our servers to the production floor and embroidered instantly into your merch.
  • Technical support is also provided in the event of troubleshooting experiences concerning reading files, and for format problems, our technocrats can log in at a remote level. We do our best to make your custom projects as easy and convenient as we can, starting with the embroidery process and ending with a friendly phone call.


By making some decisions in advance such as the materials to be used, the artwork specifications, stitch counts, and delivery options among others, starting professional embroidery digitizing services will guarantee great work and enhancement of all your fabrics. iMaker Digitization includes logo/ illustration digitizing, striking image conversion, fill stitches for detailed enhancement, and easy file retrieval for quick order placement. Call us today and find out how we can turn your brand, craft or apparel designs into reality with our top-notch embroidery digitizing.

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