Embroidery is the process is turning graphic design into needle and thread art for application to the fabric. These designs can be simple, single colour or multi-colour intricate pieces of art.
If the fabric can be laid flat then it can be embroidered. (Which leads to the question of how are hats embroidered? But, that is the subject of another post).
Of all of the methods of fabric embellishment embroidery is generally considered to add sophistication to any work or club apparel.
What is the process?
Digitise the image
Custom embroidery is primarily an automated process that converts a digital image into data which guides the operation of the embroidery machine. For this to happen, the first step is to digitise the image. This may include lettering, a logo or a visual image. Digitising converts the image into stitch data which the embroidery machine can understand.
Once digitised this is sent to the embroidery machine.
Teach the machine what it has to do
The embroidery machine is then instructed which design we are working on. The correct threads are loaded onto the machine and the machine taught where to find each coloured thread. So for example, if the design includes some red and the red thread is on station 12 then the machine has to be taught that when stitching the red areas use station 12.
Stabilise and hoop the garment
During the embroidery process, the garment is held in a hoop. This is a 2 piece frame which is sandwiched over the garment to keep the fabric secure during the sewing process.
A test sample is stitched out using the selected design, the required thread and on fabric which closely matches the finished article of clothing. There is a wide range of stabilising options and different design and fabrics require different stabilisers.
When we are happy that the digitised design is correct and loaded on the embroidery machine, the garment is correctly hooped and secured, the correct threads have been selected and the machine taught where to find them, then we start the embroidery onto the finished garments. This may be a run of 5, 10 or 100 items. This is when the industrial embroidery machine earns its keep. Providing the correct maintenance is kept up to date, these machines are designed the work all day every day without missing a beat.
Finish, Package and deliver
Finally, after each garment is embroidered, the finished work is checked, any loose threads (back and front) are trimmed, and the garment is neatly folded and placed into its respective packaging.
At Embroidermark our aim is to help our clients to “make their mark with quality apparel and custom embroidery”. If you are looking to “mark your mark” on your work or club apparel then contact us with the title “Help me to look smarter”.