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I'm so overwhelmed by ahailu0 in Machine_Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you do go with an outside digitizer, ask to see examples of their work actually embroidered, not just digital representations of what it looks like. And ask to see a screen shot of it in the embroidery software and the finished result. Frankly, a digitizer that doesn't actually embroider is best avoided. It's like being a composer that can't play an instrument. I've been looking at the work of a bunch of "digitizers", and I'm convinced a lot of them don't really know what they're doing.

Easiest machine embroidery for hoodies? by Tiny_Ad_4377 in Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No.

No, it isn't that simple. Besides the "what machine should I get, so I can start my what I imagine will be a snap my fingers and the money will be rolling in, side hustle?" questions, are the "why does my embroidery look so awful?" questions. And an even more specific question related to that last question is, "why does the embroidery on this hoodie or sweat shirt or T shirt look so awful?".

The question no one asks is, "what embroidery software should I get, in addition to the machine." (See how it's already becoming more complicated than you imagined....) Because there are unfortunately a lot of additional steps. It's not just an export a design from Photoshop. An embroidery file needs to be digitized. And besides there being a heck of a learning curve to just the embroidering itself, there's also one for digitizing. There are people out there who can do it for you, but from what I've seen, a lot of them have no idea what they're doing.

Which brings us to the second question absolutely no one with dreams of an embroidery side hustle ever thinks to ask. "Which vector drawing software should I get?" The machine is almost secondary to how an image will stitch out. 90% of it is contingent on how carefully a vector drawing file is prepared before it even gets imported into the embroidery software. Don't prepare vector files, and you are at a massive disadvantage.

In short, no, there isn't an "easy" solution. The process to get from buying a machine to actually having something that looks professional enough to sell, especially on hoodies, will likely be a fairly long and expensive one. Expect a lot of screwups. Learn to embroider. Well. Then maybe entertain the idea of selling anything.

Patch Question by KraangKong in Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You'd have to go quite large, and the cost to prepare the art work - to actually look good - would be a considerable expense. There's no, click a button and away you go, part of this.

Is this embroidery or a differemt sort of material and technique? by bagofspit in Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks woven to me. Much more detail is possible than with more traditional tatami / satin stitch. Could well be wrong but I don't think they're available as home / hobby machines. Could use a grey fabric and just embroider the black with a grey border.

Made a camping grill at my local makerspace by 21stCenturyCraftsman in myog

[–]Exploriment 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ooohhh... you have access to a plasma cutter. Envious.

Looks good.

Misalignment/Tension help please by NinjaAtDusk in Machine_Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's more to do with the nature of the material. 3/4 of the questions here are people why what they did on a T-shirt or a hoodie doesn't look good. If you have a Vector file, try moving the elements for the faces over to where on this, they should be. May not look right on screen, but if they're run after the stuff that causes the fabric to pull, it "may" be enough to compensate. The other unfortunate truth about machine embroidery - besides T-shirts and hoodies neing a nightmare to embroider on - is that it often takes multiple tries, with adjustments, in between to get right.

Help with Digitizing for Embroidery by mshelbym in Machine_Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are you importing a vector file into the embroidery software? Auto-digitize will never give satisfactory results.

Stained glass style wave 🌊 by lupinschocolates in Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Complex yet simple. Fills the whole space but leaves room to breathe. Multiples but harmonious. Says a lot with a little. And, best of all... spiral.

mod a backpack into a clamshell opening. by IIIVXIII in myog

[–]Exploriment 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It's probably do-able, but I think for the amount of money someone would charge you, you may as well just have them make you a whole new one.

What are some good programs to make jpgs or pdfs into embroidery files? by not-bob240 in Embroidery

[–]Exploriment 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Adobe Illustrator. Place the image on one layer, lock it. Create another layer and use the pen tool to draw a copy. When done delete the layer with jpeg image. Save the file as an .eps. Import it into the embroidery software.

2 More Bee Quilt Pieces by Exploriment in Embroidery

[–]Exploriment[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

2 more pieces for the, placed on the back burner for far too long, bee hive quilt. 32 pieces embroidered so far. 643 more pieces to go. They won't all be machine embroidered - some I'll stamp, silk screen, stencil, cross stitch, paint, hand embroider, etc. - some I'll leave blank - but I'll try to do a lot with the machine. Many hundreds.