Embroidery - The Process
Embroidery is the process of decorating textiles, apparel, and accessories by stitching them with colored thread. The designs can range in complexity, style, and texturing.
At Convicted Printing, we run a double head, 15 color machine, so complexity of colors in a design should never be an issue for us!
How we do it:
1) We receive a high resolution design from the Customer (Embroidery Artwork Requirements).
2) We send the design off to be digitized. What does that mean? Well, digitization is the process necessary to take a digital design and translate it in such a way that the embroidery machine is able to read each part of the design as separate colors, along with how many stitches it will need, as well as where to stitch, cut, and change colors, etc. This is the part of the process that we charge a digitization fee for, to get the correct DST file (the DST file is what the embroidery machine reads to stitch the image).
3) Once the design is properly digitized, we organize it correctly within our files to make it easy to locate for the embroidery team, and so that we have it on file in case a re-order is ever needed (if it is the same DST file, we won't need to charge again for a digitization fee).
4) The DST file is downloaded onto the embroidery machine.
5) The correct hoop stations are installed on the machine (whether it is for shirts, hats, etc., we have to make sure it is set up for the right sizing on the machine itself).
6) The correct threads are placed on the machine and threaded through all of its mechanics.
7) The correct needles are set up on the machine (needle size changes depending on the material being stitched, as well as the size of the image being stitched).
8) The image is test stitched in order to make sure the thread tension is correct.
9) Adjust anything as needed to make the image come out correctly (this might take another test stitching).
10) The items are hooped up using the correct backing for the job (the backing is different depending on the material being stitched).
11) After the items have been embroidered, there is a "clean up" process that we have to follow in order to make sure there aren't any loose strands sticking out of the top of the image, or we clean off any dissolvo topping if it was used for the order. This cleaning gives it a clean, sharp look. We also look on the back of the stitching, cut or tear away the backing (depending on the backing, some cut, and some tear away on purpose), and we either trim or burn loose threads on the back to give it a softer feel.
12) We then fold together and package up the order for our happy customers!
All you need to do is fill out a Custom Quote Request and we will guide you through the rest of the process.
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