We all love embroidery, yeah we got it. But not everyone seems to have the skills and competence to make intricate embroidery designs.
The process of embroidery digitizing is a lot more complex than most people would have thought. While on the surface, it seems simple, however, there are various aspects and components that are needed to be considered to get the perfect and stunning embroidery design. And out of all the different aspects, the type of stitch is one such mystery that greatly influences the outcome of the design.
Now, if you aren’t well versed with the name and working of different types of stitches for embroidery digitizing, continue to read on, as below we have come up with everything you should know about embroidery stitches.
Types of Embroidery Stitches
If you have worked with any embroidery digitizing software, you should have seen the different types of stitches offered by the software. In fact, there are multiple types of manual stitches for embroidery as well. Now, in this blog, we won’t be covering about the manual stitches, rather keeping us limited to the machine embroidery stitches. However, there’s something for manual stitches as well, so continue reading to get to know everything about the types of stitches used in embroidery digitizing.
But before we move on to see the different types of stitches and their utility, let’s take a brief look at what are embroidery stitches and why are they important to understand.
What is Embroidery Stitch?
Embroidery stitches or embroidery swing are counted by the number of needle drops. This means that an embroidery design with one thousand embroidery stitches would have the one thousand time needle drop. So, in essence, embroidery stitches are also one great way to calculate the number of times of needle drop. Now, the number of needle drop is important because it determines the final price and time required for the design. So in essence, the number of stitches is related to the final price of the design, as well.
Apart from influencing the cost and time involved in the embroidery digitizing process, the type of stitch also influences the quality and preciseness of the design. Different types of embroidery stitch are suited for different types of fabric and the complexity of the design. Thereby, having a complete understanding of the types of stitches is important for the final product as well.
So, whether you want to learn the skill of embroidery digitizing or are looking for professional embroidery digitizing services, knowing the type of skill will only help you to get a better understanding of the trade or choose wisely for professional embroidery digitizing firm.
Ok, now that we have a brief introduction to the embroidery stitches and their importance, let’s now see some of the most important types of stitches used in embroidery digitizing.
1. Satin Stitch
Satin stitch or what’s more commonly known as the jump stitch follows a left-right path. It’s one of the most preferred types of stitch in the industry, owing to its fine stitching quality that improved the final appearance of the design. Satin stitch is also best-suited to embroidery designs that are straight and less than 1cm.
The Satin stitches cover the entirety of the fabric background are lay flat. It can also be made as narrow rows through a sewing machine by using special satin stitch foot or zigzag stitch. It’s used to create the outline of the design or to attach appliques to the fabric. Different sub-types of satin stitches include:
Brick: also known as beadwork technique, the brick stitches can be used to achieve stepped shading with several similar colors.
Bourdon: bourdon is a special type of decorative stitch that’s perfectly suited for monograms and other decorative purposes.
Long and Short: The long and short stitches are great to achieve fine shading in the design.
Tatami stitches are also called fill stitch. As can be taken by its name, the tatami stitches are ideal to fill large space objects. It’s the go-to embroidery digitizing stitch type when you got a larger object (larger than 1 cm). Tatami stitch is also great to get a refined aesthetic appeal in the design. The appearance of tatami stitch is quite different from that of satin stitch, however, it offers the same level of smoothness. It can also be used with great effect on different angles.
As can be taken by name, the zigzag stitch goes left to right, quite similar to satin stitch. However, the difference between the two lies in the angle. While the satin stitches are primarily made in an online straight line, zigzag stitches can go from different angles. Also, the zigzag stitches will resemble satin stitches closely if there is a close spacing between the stitches.
Lastly, we have the cross-stitch, which is yet another important type of embroidery digitizing stitch used by many professional digitizers. The cross stitch can further be divided into various sub-categories including quarter cross stitch, half cross-stitch, and full-cross stitch. Out of the lot, the full-cross stitch is one of the most widely used types of stitch in hand embroidery.
So, by now you must be aware of the various types of stitches for machine embroidery digitizing (and hand embroidery as well). The reason to understand each different type of stitch is to have better control over the outcome.
Remember, once you got the knowledge and purpose behind each different type of stitches and how they are constructed, you can easily play around the design to come up with your expression. Knowing the stitches gives you the power to come up with an innovative combination of stitches, which supplements each other and lets you fully exploit the potential of embroidery digitizing.
So, go out there and start exploring the different types of stitches, understand the thread and discover the substrate. Only with time and experiences, you will understand their true potential and what wonders you can achieve by combining different stitches.