Digitizing letters can be tricky sometimes, they might appear easy to digitize and work with. But in fact, they can put you in trouble. Here you can learn 4 main things to consider while working with letters.
1)The Text Width
Digitizing even becomes challenging when you work with small letters, as you have to pay attention to details and in order for them to not lose quality, you have to be keen and use some of your expertise.
So, if you want them to appear crisp without losing the quality, you should consider paying good attention to the width of the text. The professionals of embroidery suggest the size of your letter should not be smaller than about a quarter-inch which would be considered the shortest length.
Also, you should consider the width and height of letters, usually, the width is the most important factor, but for some letters, height is an important aspect too.
Also, keep in mind to use a small needle type along with a thin thread; this would be quite helpful for you for the small text.
The most used needle type is 75/11 which is used for many projects, however, if you want to handle tricky texts then you can even go for 70/10, this will enhance your work even more!
2)Abstain from curvy or small letters:
We are talking about fixing letters in digitizing, but how best would that be if you could just avoid it by using some other type face. Yes, you heard me right! Try to ignore the text type that is too curvy.
If you are using some text on your embroidered items, then try to go for the one that does not have disturbed edges. You can surely find a lot of similar fonts; avoiding one font does not mean you will not find any other font type related to your embroidery project.
But just choosing the better font can result in so much better precision and can add to the quality later on. Font types with fancy looks such as serifs would make it illegible, hence reducing the quality of your whole work.
Being an embroiderer you should always know when to give up such fonts and add some other simple and standard size font, do not just stuff them.
Working on embroidery while neglecting the right density would not do you much good, which is why you should always keep track of proper density.
As we know we cannot pressure anything more than it is required, this goes the same in embroidery digitizing. You cannot place a lot of stitches in an area where it is not required due to insufficient space.
If you are new to embroidery then it is vital for you to consider the small space between stitches which is known as density in embroidery. If the amount of density is higher the stitches would get too close, and this would eventually cause thread breakage and will deteriorate the quality of your design.
This also varies from design to design, controlling the density is always according to the design, however; the key is to follow the right density.
This is even more important when we talk about digitizing the letters, as they are hard to embroider, so keeping the proper density makes them appear crisp and good to the eyes.
Just like many other things and concepts in embroidery digitizing, underlay has its own value and importance that you cannot just shake off. If you want to embroider technical things, make sure you take care of your underlay properly.
Underlay is true of much importance, it is also known as the foundation of your letter so if you are working on a project that has so many letters in it, make sure you follow these things.
Try not to use edge-walk on the small letters for the underlay, instead, you can use center-walk, as the edge-walk has a natural tendency to pop out on the side of the columns.
Also, sometimes the stitches you use in order to move through letters have the benefit of working as an underlay, so sometimes you do not necessarily have to use underlay. Instead, try to learn the situation, you only have to use an underlay when the letters are quite smaller and you find them with fabric that stretches a lot.
Make sure you know these things when you are working on small letters so that you can avoid errors that are more likely to arise.