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Design + Digitizing


Short Stitches and Controlling Cornering

The interaction between needle, thread and garment can seem like a cruel joke to novice embroiderers. The image that is viewed on the screen is almost never the same as what is sewn on the embroidery machine.

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Use CorelDRAW Tools to Sharpen Vector Art Skills

In today’s hectic world of business, versatility is a life raft to which you can cling in rough waters. At the center of our versatility is the ability to use CorelDRAW. Here are five basic drawing tools that, when mastered, will provide 80% of what you need to know when using CorelDRAW for apparel decoration.

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How to Digitize Small Lettering

 In embroidery, no detail is more important than lettering. Your designs are labels for your customers and they must be able to read those labels — even the small print.

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In the Details

This year marked the 35th annual Impressions Awards, and it represents our showcase of the industry’s  best designs from decorators of all sizes and experience levels. 

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Simple Solutions for Novice Digitizers

While embroidery digitizing may be technical in its execution, the theory behind it is rather simple: It involves working with a series of individual shapes that comprise a complete design.

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Understanding Alphabet and Font Options

By choosing one of these four ways to create data for stitching lettering, it’s possible to strike a balance between style and substance.
 

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How to Work With Push-Pull Compensation

There are two great mysteries that digitizers must solve to build the perfect design: underlay and push-pull compensation.
 

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How to Achieve Shading in Embroidery

Although the terms “blending” and “shading” often are interchanged, there is a difference. You can blend colors without shading, but you cannot shade an object without blending colors. 

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The Art of Successful Color Blending

To successfully blend colors, you must know how to mix colors. 

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Everything You Should Know About Nodes

A node is a designer’s best friend in many programs. Many embroidery software programs also use nodes to create and define aspects of a shape.
 

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