Digitizing your image
Every design when received for embroidery must be digitized - converted to a computer program. The program "instructs" embroidery equipment.
Each logo has a final "stitch count" and that determines the amount of time it takes for the machine to complete the work and ultimately determines the price per unit. True high-quality digitizing needs to be done by a highly skilled digitizing artist who understands the embroidery machines. Developing the embroidery process is complex and the degree of success usually falls with the digitizer. If this process in not completed correctly, the finished product will not look right. With low quality digitizing, letters may not be straight, the garment color may be seen through open areas that should be filled, or portions of the artwork may not even be legible. A job well done creates an exceptional look with the fewest stitches. The charge is always one-time unless there are changes, referred to as edits.
It is always best to have two separate files: one for flat garments and one for caps as caps have a curve that impacts the stitching sequence.
Large scale embroidery, such as the full back of a jacket is generally cost prohibitive. The larger or more complex the artwork, the more stitches it takes to create, therefore the more expensive it is to finish. Embroidery uses thread and a control program to stitch images right into fabric. Embroidered garments carry a more professional, formal and more luxurious look. Embroidery is very popular on polo shirts, oxfords, jackets, hats, and bags. Embroidery tends to draw more attention because of the way it catches the eye.