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Embroidery How-To: Color Blends

While walking through an art gallery recently and l looking at some of my favorite paintings, I was struck by the artists’ use of color and even their economy of stroke. I truly appreciate their work and often wonder how I can better apply those same concepts to my embroidery. Painters have some advantages with colors that embroiders, at least on the surface, appear to lack. They can mix and blend colors to achieve that perfect shade or hue. We who work in thread cannot… or can we?

Optimizing Stitch Density for Quality and Production

Stitch density is the distance between stitch lines traveling in the same direction. The lower the number and/or percent, the closer the stitch lines are. The higher the number and/or percent, the further apart the stitch lines are. The example below shows low,10 point sitch density, compared to higher, 5 point stitch density.

How to Make a Custom Fill Pattern

Complex fill elements are most commonly used for laying stitches down over a large area.  These fills tend to look flat and, when considered by itself, a flat fill does not usually add a lot of dynamic interest to the work.  One way to increase the interest and add creativity to the fill is to incorporate patterns within the fill area.  These patterned fills take the flat fill area and add shapes into the fill so you can give the fill an embossed or stamped look.  Melco International’s DesignShop Pro+ software has well over 40 standard fill patterns that can be applied to a fill area, but the possibilities are truely endless.  With DesignShop Pro+, you can create any shape and and turn it into a pattern for a fill area.  The below steps show you how simple it is to add your own custom patterns to a fill.  The instructions below are specifically for DesignShop Pro +.

Cap Embroidery with Melco Embroidery Machines

Cap embroidery presents unique challenges to many embroiderers. No two cap brands or styles are the same. The panels are all cut differently and the front panels are backed and constructed differently. This means that it is very difficult to make a cap framing system that fits every possible cap product with exactly the same result. For this challenge, we need to expand two skill sets, a) digitizing and b) machine operation.

Digitizing for 3D Embroidery

An Excerpt From our 3D Embroidery Guide, Click here to download the complete document.

Basic Rules for Puff

1. The portion of the design that will be puffed must be the last section to sew. You will be laying down a piece of 3-D foam, so all flat sections of the embroidery must be sewn first.

2. The needle penetrations perforate the foam and allow for the excess to be pulled away upon completion of the sewing.

Baseball Cap Embroidery: Digitizing & Machine Operation Tips

Baseball hat embroidery presents unique challenges to many embroiderers. No two cap brands or styles are the same. The panels are all cut differently and the front panels are backed and constructed differently. This means that it is very difficult to make a cap framing system that fits every possible cap product with exactly the same result. For this challenge, we need to expand two skill sets, a) digitizing and b) machine operation.

Digitizing Tips for Cap Embroidery

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