October '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R 2 9 ing from going all the way to the line where we want the open sides to land. Remem- ber, on-screen perfection means distorted results, but proper distortion on-screen will result in stitched perfection. DRAWING, TRAVELING, AND DUPLICATING PIXELS In testing, I drew most pixels between .17 and .25mm of pull compensation on each side, making a standard pixel a rectangle close to 2.1mm by 2.8mm, with extra com- pensation where a side will run under a later pixel and less for the pixels stitched with all neighbors already in place. These need only slight compensation to stay square as over- laps are covered by earlier pixels. So long as you maintain overlaps, make sure every pixel's stitch angle is offset 90 degrees from neighbors, and make your start and end- points match for easy travel from one pixel to the next, the digitizing is fairly simple. Once you understand how pixels relate to their neighbors and have your sequence firmly in mind, you may even be able to copy and paste pixels or sets of pixels. Additionally, when working center-out for caps you'll create a line of stitching trav- eling back to center under your next row as you hit the end of your current row. Even so, the work is more time-consuming than taxing. Frankly, it can become downright meditative once you hit your stride. GAME OVER Though this style is easy enough for almost anyone to play with, it's surprising to see the richness of the surface this creates and the delight you'll see from a customer who clicks with the style. It's a wonderfully pli- able decoration with full coverage, though not applicable to just any logo, add a sur- prising amount of extra life pixel-art pieces. If nothing else, having a sample of this style in your shop shows your customers how the shine and dimension of the thread make it more than just another way to 'print' their work. Even if they never take you up on this pixel-perfection, being the kind of shop that can play in this space is sure to help you score more business. PW Erich Campbell has more than 18 years experience as an award-winning digitizer, e-commerce manager, and industry educator. He empowers decorators to do their best work and achieve a greater success. A current educator and long-time columnist, Erich takes every opportunity to provide value to the industry. Made in America, Stitched by All. HAVE YOU TRIED GLIDE? Compare alongside your current embroidery thread. You'll find Glide is: STRONG Produced from high-tenacity polyester filament. SHEEN Glide's advanced trilobal technology means your stitches will stand out. USA MADE From the same manufacturers of the Magna-Glide bobbin, Glide is produced in the USA and offers unmatched sewing performance.

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