Embroidery Digitizing for Those Tricky Knits

Considering a choice between digitization for a stable fabric and stretchy knitting – it is a no-brainer what the majority will choose. After all, a stable fabric is like a finished cloth with just a few strokes (or steps) needed for the embroidery to be able to live. However, life is full of challenges and no one can be considered a real professional in their field if they breathe and run every time they see a difficult task ahead of them. And stretchy knitwear happens to be such a challenge in the field of digitization.

Before we decide how we handle such materials, let us first take a look at the inside and outside of the knitting needles. What makes embroidery on knitwear difficult is exactly what makes them a popular choice in clothing. How? Well, they are made of interconnected loops that give them great flexibility, making them a most comfortable pick and a digitizing nightmare.

Stickers also have categories!

If the word "stick" just brought you a sweater, then you are in for a great surprise. Knitted fabrics come in different weights, textures and fiber content. For example, lightweight simple knitwear includes delicate polo shirts and t-shirts, while solid knitwear includes woven, double knit and Raschel knitwear. Although the interlock stickers consist of heavier polos and t-shirts, the textured variety contains fleece and sweater. There are also two-way stretch stick including spandex fibers used for performance wear such as swimsuits and dancewear.

How do I get a grip on knitting?

The first and foremost thing that an embroidery digitizer should remember when digitizing a stick is that there are three very important forces that work on the fabric.

1. A downward pressure created by the needle that penetrates the fabric.

2. A downward pull caused by the stitch's creation.

3. The force caused by the motion of the pantograph.

As an embroidery digitizer, if you remember these three effects of the sewing process on the fabric, you will never go wrong with the digitization. Together, these three factors cause the "push" and "pull" effect, which can greatly affect the registration of the design.

When digitizing for knitting, always remember to create a suitable base with the appropriate surface. The substrate not only puts a solid frame for the final embroidery to sew, but also protects the fabric to its back. The original surface should be created so that it covers as much area as possible and provides ample anchor points. Avoid using zigzag here under all circumstances, as it will only add oil to the fire by pulling the fabric instead of stabilizing it. Furthermore, each embroidery digitizer should remember to increase the column width and keep the stitch density to a minimum to compensate for the pressure and pull of the fabric.

Correct suspension and correct selection of the rear play an important role in correct registration of the knit as well. To bend right, make sure the fabric is just taut and not too stretched or loose as it leads to distortion. We also recommend the use of a shielded back which is larger than the bend, so that some form of shear during the sewing process is reduced to a minimum.