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    The Top 3 Embroidery Thread Composition Stitch Types

    Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on April 10, 2015 12:36:00 PM CDT



    Did you know embroidery thread is sewn in different types of stitches to re-create your customer's logo or design on a garment? It’s true! These stitch types are called out by the digitizer when creating a stitch composition for your image. Each stitch type has a unique look and is best for specific design elements. Here are the top three:


    This is the most common embroidery stitch type and is used in the majority of lettering and design outlines. It’s the stitch used to tack down the twill in applique.  What’s applique? In terms of apparel decoration, applique is when a twill shape, letter, or number is adhered to a garment with embroidery thread. Letterman style jackets use applique.

    In this example,the edge of the "O" is reinforced using a satin stitch. The center of the “O” is a fill stitch. The other text uses a satin stitch as the fill and outline. The blue "NOW" text is also satin stitch. This particular design incorporates screen print for a technique know as mixed media.


    Walking stitches are also referred to as a running stitch. The dotted or dashed line style is great for recreating small detail in embroidery. If you are designing for embroidery and you want to communicate a hand made vibe, you’ll use a walking stitch. Walking stitches are perfect for vintage style designs too.


    The fill stitch is just as is sounds - used to fill large areas of color in a logo or design. A fill stitch also has a very important behind the scenes role. When embroidering flimsy materials such as rayon, silk, or some cottons, a fill stitch is used to create a foundation so the embroidered logo can hold shape and integrity.  On high pile, or fuzzy, garments, like fleece a fill stitch is used to create a foundation. This foundation combats detail loss commonly associated with this type of fabric.

    This example shows a fill stitch used in most areas to create a nice solid shape. Satin stitch is used in the black swirl and a running stitch is used in the guitar fret detail. The twill fabric has its own texture in the background.

    Whether it’s a complicated fashion design or a simple company logo, the image will be recreated with embroidery thread using one or all of these stitch types.


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