These days it’s all about making a bold impression. And, what better way than to capture your audience with huge letters that clearly spell out your game. Huge letters embroidered across t-shirts, caps, table runners, bags and more do tend to leave a much bigger impact. After all, one solid letter will have much better recall value than intricate logos or regular text.
The immense impact value of bold letters is what brings them to the digitizer’s desk. And then it’s up to the professional to turn this bold script into a beautiful creation. While most would imagine that simply increasing the surface area of the embroidery should be good enough to accommodate the needs of heavy-duty text, the truth could not be further. A simple increase in size cannot accommodate the special needs that large embroidery requires, as thread sagging and gaps tend to be a major concern. Also, one of the biggest downsides of having to dole out large letters is that even the smallest of mistakes tend to get magnified at such a scale.
This is why we’ve put together a few pointers that’ll help you keep the bigger picture both bold and beautiful:
- Know Your Limitations
One of the first and most important aspects of achieving success with big letters as an embroidery digitizer is knowing your limitations. The most common mistake made here is the use of satin stitches well beyond their range. Always remember that the maximum length of your satin stitch should not exceed .40 inches, even though most machines can handle a .50-.54. This is important as the thread begins to loop at such a length. So, we recommend keeping the stitches short and sweet and probably shifting to a fill.
- Don’t Just Automate
While it’s extremely tempting to limit yourself to the tools and settings available in your software, don’t just stop there. Even though you can go into Font Help and figure out the maximum as well as minimum size for a particular font from its properties, don’t restrict yourself. As an expert embroidery digitizer who knows his/her software, you can easily go ahead and increase the maximum height of the font and simply change the pattern of the sew out to something more suitable that offers gap-free coverage using the properties tab. We highly recommend doing a test run to see the results as well.
- Settle The Details
Make sure to pay special attention to the push and pull of the fabric when digitizing large letters. Also remember that underlay stitches are a must, so that there are no gaps in your final sew out and your embroidery doesn’t end up bulletproof.
Also, do not hesitate to recommend appliqué as a great alternative to stitching out the entire design. Appliqué will not only help your penny-conscious customers save on stitches, but also give out great results in a fraction of the time.
At Powerstitch.com, we believe in educating our customers about how an embroidery digitizer can help lend their personal do or professional campaign with that “wow” factor. With over 8 years of professional expertise, we are known for impeccably digitized artwork delivered at the most competitive rates, on time, each time.