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Digitizing In-House vs Outsourcing

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Embroidery machine

Quality embroidery designs are the centerpiece of a successful embroidery business. They set you apart from the competition and let you show off your skills and creativity.

But how does one go about creating top-notch embroidery designs, you ask?

First and foremost, you need an efficient and reliable embroidery machine that can handle complex designs. You’ll need to be trained to use the machine, of course, and you’ll also need ongoing access to further training and support to nurture the long-term success of your business.

Once you have your equipment in order, you can start thinking about the design aspect of your business.

There are two ways to go about creating embroidery designs: You can create your own design using embroidery software, or you can purchase a design online.

Creating your own design using embroidery software

When using embroidery software, you must first import an image for digitizing. Then, you have a few options.

You can:

  • Manually convert the image into an embroidery design by essentially telling the software which stitches to use (called “manual punching”)
  • Use the software’s auto digitizing feature
  • Use a combination of both  

Whether you’re a seasoned digitizer or new to the business, embroidery software makes it easy to flex your creative muscles and produce your own embroidery designs. You can choose everything from a basic software package with affordable lettering capabilities right up to a premium setup with everything you need for professional digitizing, lettering, editing, and sizing.

For a more in-depth look at embroidery design software features and capabilities, check out Melco’s DesignShop V10 Embroidery Digitizing Software.

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Sourcing a quality embroidery design online

If you’re not up for creating your own embroidery designs, or simply want to add your own flare to an existing design, no worries! There are countless embroidery designs on the Internet (some are free, and some you have to pay for).

With so many to choose from, it’s important to remember that not all online embroidery designs are created equal. Here are a few things to consider while you’re searching for that perfect pattern:

  • Ask to see the finished product. Digital previews don’t always give a good indication of what the final embroidery design will look like. If there isn’t a photo attached to the design, don’t be afraid to ask for a photo of a real-life sewn sample.
  • Ask for a free test design. Digitizing quality varies greatly, so it’s worth your while to check out their other work and ask for a free test design if there aren’t any complimentary designs available.
  • Make sure the design is original. Remember, it’s illegal to reproduce copyrighted designs, such as Disney characters or trademarked logos. Also, it’s important to note that embroidery designs are protected by copyright, which means they can’t be freely shared around, even if they’re free of charge. So, always make sure you’re downloading a design from the original source, not from an unscrupulous website that sells others’ designs as their own. To get a better feel for a website—and to ensure artists are being properly paid for their work—check out the site’s reviews and ratings.

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