An Understanding Of Materials And Equipment
- You should understand how embroidery machines work on a basic level and what functions they are capable of.
- You should know how thread behaves as it is stitched and how specific threads, needles, and fabrics react when used with each other.
- You should understand how materials hold up to the stresses of embroidery and how stabilizers keep material solid as it runs.
- You must learn how thread tension affects a design and how to maintain the balance between bobbin and top thread tensions.
- You must learn how tight a garment should be hooped, and why either overly tight or overly loose framing can be detrimental.
Technical Knowledge About Embroidery And Digitizing
- You should know the types of stitches of which machine embroidery is capable, have some idea which types are appropriate for a given element, and the maximum and minimum sizes for which any given stitch type or element is suited.
- You must know how close to place stitches to fully cover the material without putting undue stress on the ground or making the decoration overly stiff.
- You should know how to express measurements used in embroidery.
- You must recognize the roles of underlay and how it combats garment show-through.
- You should know the kinds of distortion that commonly happen during embroidery, and how to counteract them to maintain registration.
- You must learn the order elements should run to make designs logically progress from one area to the next without wasted motion.
- You should know about the effect of altering stitch angles, how to use overlaps, proper cornering and joints, and when to use ‘tie’ stitches to avoid pieces coming unraveled.
An Understanding Of SoftwareFinally we come to the knowledge people usually fixate on; learning how to manipulate software. Though it’s in the digitizing software that we apply all other knowledge to create and correct our designs, no knowledge of the tools alone can replace the knowledge of embroidery itself. Being versed in your software requires you to understand the tools present in the package they’ve chosen.
- You should know how to use them to create shapes and to specify all stitch variables pertinent to the shape, including stitch type, density, start and end points, sequence in the design, and any automatic settings like pull compensation or automatic underlay.
- You should also learn to import various art files from which one will digitize, how to set up your digital work area with the proper measurements and guides you need to properly judge the finished size of the elements as well as the adjustment of default stitch settings for a given design.
- You should be able to create, edit, and resequence elements and export files in the proper format for a specific machine.