Facts about Embroidery

Published: 23rd January 2007
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The process of embroidery has come a long way thanks to the invention of embroidery machines and software. There are several types of machinery, differing types of thread, and differing types of stitches used in the embroidery process. Here is a look at how embroidery is done and other information.

Process/Software. Embroidery must start with a design or logo that is in the proper embroidery format. Patterns are put into the correct format in a process called digitizing. Professional digitizing software is expensive, but cheap auto-digitizing patterns have numerous problems when put out to the embroidery machine.

Thread. Embroidery uses a specific type of thread that is much thicker and stronger than typical sewing machine thread. Thread is available or can be dyed in over thousands of colors to match any design.

Stitches. Embroidery uses certain types of stitches to get a great look on a finished product. Straight stitches include running stitch, simple satin stitch, Algerian eye stitch, and fern stitch. As opposed to straight stitches which move in a simple up and down motion, back stitches move in an encircling motion. Back stitches include stem stitch, outline stitch, split stitch, and crewel stitch.

Angela Oliver is an author for EmbroideryAuthority.com, specializing in custom embroidered logos. Please visit the site for more information about embroidery and the embroidery process.

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