Professionals and amateurs alike have been doing custom embroidery since the Middle Ages. Back then, it was a long and detailed process that involved intense focus and precise needlework. Even a simple pattern took 10 to 12 hours of uninterrupted work.
Today, the same design takes a custom manufacturing company ten minutes or less. How do they do it? Keep reading as we stitch together all the pieces of the process.
Create the Design or Logo
The embroidery process begins with creating custom embroidery designs. Some companies know exactly what they want. Other businesses hire graphic designers to come up with a unique logo.
The complexity depends on personal preference but also on the machine’s specifications. The more needles a machine has, the more colors it can accommodate. The intricacy of a design also impacts both the time needed to produce the embroidered apparel and the overall cost.
Get the Computer Warmed Up
All designs are saved in a digital format that must be compatible with the embroidery machine software. This is where the real work starts. Before embroidered products are created, the machine must be “taught” what to do.
In other words, parameters related to needle orientation, thread color, and needle sequence are manually programmed. Without this step, the machine won’t know what alignment and color scheme to follow.
Hoop It Up and Stitch Away
Next, the material undergoing the process is fitted into the machine. Hoops and frames keep the fabric taught and correctly positioned. These are often used with backing, which gives the material a firmer structure during the embroidery process.
Once everything is programmed, and in place, it’s time to press go and watch the magic happen. The machine works through the different colors, one needle at a time. It only stops if it runs out of thread or experiences some type of computer error.
When the design is complete, it goes into the final stage of the embroidery process: the finishing touches. This is where the supportive backing is carefully cut away. Since goes through the backing, this must be done with care to avoid damaging the finished product.
Some designs have loose threads and fibers that connect sections of the logo but aren’t a part of the original pattern. Before the custom embroidery is packed away, these threads are clipped to give the product a sleek, finished look.
The Commercial Embroidery Process Revealed
The principles behind the commercial embroidery process are similar to the original art. They both involve the use of needles, different colored threads, and acute precision.
It’s the speed of modern embroidery. However, that opens a whole new world of possibility. Embroidery machines give business owners, and consumers alike access to high-quality custom embroidery, all at the touch of a button.
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