Computerized Embroidery: Types, Machine Process and Benefits

Computerized Embroidery: Types, Machine Process and Benefits

Shubham Anil Jain
Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited
Bangalore, India


A beautiful method to give any clothing a personalised touch is through embroidery, which is a timeless art form. The practise of needlework is thought to be more widely practised today than merely among grandmothers and housewives. Machines “stole” this traditional talent from women, who formerly enjoyed doing it as a leisure activity, a very long time ago. Nowadays, embroidery machines are capable of producing even the most complex designs. The term “embroiderer” used to describe a lady who embroidered. Today, it has a slightly different connotation because, in any printing facility that offers computer embroidery, the term “embroiderer” refers to the embroidery machine itself.

Computerized Embroidery Machine
Fig: Embroidery Machine

The process of machine embroidery, commonly referred to as computer embroidery, entails stitching a design into fabric. By uploading a design to the machinery’s software, the pattern is predetermined. A computer-generated drawing or pattern can be converted into lovely decorative stitches that are sewed onto clothing by an embroidery machine.

Different Types of Embroidery Machines:

a) Free-motion machine embroidery

b) Computerized machine embroidery

  1. Single head embroidery machine
  2. Multi head embroidery machine

a) Free-motion machine embroidery:
In the case of free-motion machine embroidery, embroidery designs can be created with a straightforward zigzag sewing machine. In this type of machine embroidery, a design is created by moving tightly bound fabric beneath a needle. In this instance, the tight stitches must be manually generated by the operator using the machine’s settings in order for the embroidery to create a design or image on fabric.

Free-motion machine embroidery
Fig: Free-motion machine embroidery

b) Computer-controlled Machine Embroidery:
The majority of contemporary embroidery machines are computer-controlled and specifically made for embroidery. The frames used by embroidery machines typically hold a framed section of cloth taut beneath the sewing needle and move it automatically to create a preprogrammed design that is stored in the machine.

Computerized Embroidery
Fig: Computerized Embroidery

In accordance with its capabilities, it needs a variety of user input in a predetermined digital format in order to sew the embroidery designs. Industrial embroidery machines with several needles require threading before the design is executed, but rethreading is not necessary.

Computerized machine embroidery’s features include:

  1. Generating a digital design file or acquiring one.
  2. Revision of embroidery patterns
  3. Inserting the machine’s last embroidery file
  4. Position the cloth on the machine while stabilising it with a suitable amount of tension.
  5. Begin the embroidery process and keep track of it

Computerized Embroidery Machine Process:
The type of cloth to be adorned, the size of the pattern, the stabiliser selected, and the types of thread used are just a few of the numerous factors that affect the quality of the finished result during the multi-step process of machine embroidery. The following are the fundamental procedures for making embroidery on a computerized embroidery machine:

1. Create your own embroidery design file or buy a machine embroidery file that can be stitched. Depending on how complicated the design is, creation could take hours, and the programme can be expensive.

2. The design should be modified or combined with other designs.

3. Export the design file to an embroidery file for a (proprietary machine) that primarily merely contains machine commands. You might need to convert the file if you purchased one like that.

4. Make sure the embroidery file is loaded into the embroidery machine in the proper format and that the embroidered design will fit in the relevant hoop.

5. Decide where on the fabric to be adorned to place the embroidery and indicate that position.

6. Utilise the proper stabiliser to hold the fabric in a hoop and keep it on the machine.

7. Over the design’s starting point, centre the needle.

8. Start the embroidery machine and keep an eye out for any mistakes or problems. As issues arise, troubleshoot them. A large supply of needles, bobbins, an air can (or a tiny air compressor), a small brush, and scissors should be available to the operator.

9. Take the finished design out of the machine. Trim the stabiliser, stray threads, etc. after removing the cloth from the hoop.

Benefits of Computerized Embroidery:

1. User friendly:
Utilization of the computerized embroidery machine is minimal, making it fairly user-friendly. The device efficiently completes all required tasks. Operating these machines virtually ever requires prior experience or highly developed skill sets.

2. Reliable speed:
Considering that these computerized sewing machines are relatively new innovations, they are quite quick in comparison to electrical sewing machines. For the patterns to be stitched, the photographs and pictures must be converted into digital format.

3. Additional stitching features:
Complex patterns can be stitched with ease using computerized embroidery machines. According to particular requirements, any kind of designs can be digitalized and transformed into stitching patterns.

4. Accurate:
The majority of individuals favour using computerized machinery to replicate flawless designs. These devices are capable of accurately and flawlessly following instructions.

5. Patterns built-in:
These computerized devices have patterns built-in that can be customized. Additionally, it is simple to tweak and modify these patterns to create unique patterns.

The process of machine embroidery, commonly referred to as computer embroidery, entails stitching a design into fabric. By uploading a design to the machinery’s software, the pattern is predetermined. Specialized devices known as computerized embroidery machines can produce embroidery from computer-generated designs. Such devices are available for the large manufacturing market, the home market, and the small independent professional. Instead of making your clothes, embroidery machines are utilized to stitch onto the fabrics. They are used to make branded workwear, sportswear, and a variety of other customized apparel items. They aren’t utilized to combine materials to create whole pieces of clothing because they can’t actually produce the clothes themselves.



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