Digitized art can either be designed on or transferred to a computer, then edited so it can be read by the embroidery machine.
Although the process does take a lot of practice to perfect, the basic idea behind digitizing for embroidery and how it works is pretty simple.
What Is Art Digitizing for Machine Embroidery?
Art digitizing for machine embroidery is the process of taking a digital art file like clipart, a scanned drawing, a typeface, or others and converting it into a file type that Bernette embroidery machines and others can interpret.
Digitizing is the part of the art process that turns the piece from a standard digital file into one comprised of stitches that essentially mark out the path that the embroidery machine will use to stitch the design onto the fabric.
It is done using special embroidery digitizing software that creates files in formats that can be read by different machines.
How Is Embroidery Digitizing Done?
Art digitizing for machine embroidery with a Melco Amaya Bravo professional embroidery machine or similar ones is all done the same way.
It involves a process that converts regular digital art files into what are essentially stitch maps of the design that the machine can read:
- An Outline Is Drawn - The digitizer will draw an outline over the image using the digitizing program and tells the machine the different shapes and boundaries that make up the image.
- Needle Path Is Drawn - Using the outline as a guide, the digitizer must move shape-by-shape through the design to identify the length and direction of how the stitches should be made. The software will then populate the shape with those stitches and generate an image of what the design will look like once embroidered.
- Stitch Specifics Are Set - In addition to setting the stitch length and direction in the design, the digitizer must also assign other specifics to the stitches including stitch density, push/pull factors, and other details that can affect the final look of the art once it has been stitched.
Can Anyone Create Digitized Embroidery Files?
Yes, anyone can create digitized files to use with their embroidery machine using the right software because digitizing does not actually require any artistic ability.
Regardless of where your artwork comes from, the digitizing process is simply an editing process that converts that art into a stitch pattern that the machine can follow.
It does take some practice to learn how to use the software but you don't need any kind of artistic ability to use it.
Use Any Design for Embroidery by Digitizing it First
One feature that many machines like Bernette embroidery models and professional models like the Melco Amaya Bravo 16 Needle machine include is hundreds, sometimes thousands of designs that are pre-digitized and ready for stitching.
You are not limited to those designs; using digitizing software, you can turn any drawing, piece of clipart, or other design into a digital thread map to embroider on fabric.
Take your time when learning how to digitize custom art so you can create incredible custom embroidered designs!