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Embroidery Digitizing

Studio plug-in for Embird

Vector outlines filled with stitches

While basic Embird program works mostly with stitch files, Studio uses vector objects for easier creation of design. The main concept of digitizing in Studio is to draw vector outlines of respective objects and fill them with various types of stitches in a similar way as you fill object with color in a graphic program.

Studio contains two digitizing parts, each of them is optional

Digitizing Tools

Digitizing Tools

Digitizing of logos and fancy designs, lettering, auto-tracing, freehand, conversion of vector files into embroidery.

Sfumato Stitch

Sfumato Stitch

Photos to embroidery. Digitizing of portraits, landscapes, etc. Fill stitches are generated so that they approximate the photo.

Studio is an optional plug-in program for Embird embroidery software.

What is Embroidery Digitizing?

Stitch Files - Embroidery Designs

Computerized embroidery machines use special input files that instruct them how to sew out the embroidery on a fabric. These input files are digital stitch files, called embroidery designs. Stitch file is basically a list of stitch positions, colors and trims. Process of creating of such a stitch file is called embroidery digitizing. Designs may be created from a photo, artwork, lettering or just from imagination.

Sew Simulator - animation of design embroidering process

Digitizing Application

Of course, a software application is required to do machine embroidery digitizing. Such application does most of the labour to produce all individual stitches. User's work is to define objects and let program to fill them with chosen stitch styles. While the end product of digitizing is always of the same kind - the stitch file, the digitizing process itself and its resources may vary. There are various digitizing applications that allow specific kind of embroidery digitizing.

Vector object filled with stitches

Left: outline of object made with few nodes and curves. Right: stitches generated to fill the object

Drawing of Objects - Manual or Automatic Vectorization

When digitizing a design, you may draw individual stitches if you wish, but most often you draw outlines of objects that are filled with stitches by program, or auto-trace objects from raster pictures with magic wand tool and use automatic digitizing. Drawing or tracing the outlines of objects is called vectorization. If you have a ready-made vector file from other source, a graphic program for example, you can convert it into embroidery design with use of automatic digitizing and skip the manual vectorization.

Compilation to Stitches

Composing embroidery design from objects has an intermediate product - a source file that contains vector outlines of objects which are later filled with stitches and saved into appropriate stich file format for respective embroidery machine. In Embird we call this process compilation. Intermediate source file is not a final product, but it should be kept for eventual future editing of the design. Vector files are scalable, which means that compilation of design from vector file adjusts stitch count and layout to fit chosen size dimensions of design.

Layers of digitized design

From raster image through vectorized outlines to stitches. Source file stores them in layers stacked one upon another.

Embird provides several digitizing applications:

  1. Digitizing Tools for digitizing logos and fancy designs. Input (optional) is photo or artwork
  2. Sfumato Stitch for photo-like designs, portraits, landscapes, etc. Input (required) is photo
  3. Cross Stitch for cross stitch designs. Input (optional) is photo or artwork
  4. Embird Basic provides additional options for digitizing fills and outlines of empty areas around design
  5. Font Engine converts computer TrueType and OpenType fonts into emroidery lettering. It also converts other graphic vector files like SVG files into embroidery designs

Digitizing Tools and Sfumato Stitch share the same application called Studio.

Embird is modular software for computerized machine embroidery digitizing, quilting and customization

Developed by BALARAD, s.r.o. company since 1997

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