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Photo Stitch Designs:
Created from a scanned photo; the photograph is imported into the digitizing software, and with a few keystrokes the design is digitized and ready to sew. The possibilities for uses are endless, ranging from portraits to buildings. A series of run stitches and loose fills are used to replicate a photograph with cloth and thread. Photo stitch designs are popular with individuals and corporations.
A fabric of cotton or spun rayon woven lengthwise with raised cords.
The opening of a shirt or jacket where the garment fastens or at a pocket. A reverse placket is the reversed opening for womens garments.
Fabrics or garments that have received a preshrinking treatment. Often done on cottons to remove the tendency for cloth to shrink before cutting the fabric for use in a garment, to prevent further shrinkage.
Result of the fabric being gathered by the stitches. Many possible causes include incorrect density, loose hooping, lack of backing, incorrect tension or dull needle.
Puff Additives:
Mixed with ink when a raised look is desired. The ink is screen printed as usual, with the dryers heat causing a reaction that makes the ink increase in size, resulting in a puffy look.
Puff Embroidery:
A technique popular in the early 90s, and seems to be gaining popularity again. A special thick backing is placed in the hoop under the substrate, usually a sweatshirt. The design itself consists of light fill and blank spaces. The technique works great for names, with light fill separating letters that are negative. In the embroidery process, the blank spaces puff up and the area between them is flattened by the fill stitches.
Pull Compensation:
A degree of distortion built into a design by the digitizer to compensate for pull on the fabric caused by the embroidery stitches.
Conversion of artwork into a series of commands to be read by an embroidery machines computer. Derived from an early method of machine embroidery in which a part of the machine, called an automat, reads paper tapes, or Jacquards, punched with holes representing stitches, pantograph movements and other commands. While still capable of producing paper tape, many computer digitizing systems now store this information in disk format.
Correct registration is achieved when all stitches and design elements line up correctly.
Reverse Appliqué:
A process in which the fabric is placed on the underside of the garment, and the garment is cut along the tack-down stitch so that the material shows through. Not nearly as easy as regular appliqué, the process, however, shouldnt be discounted. The dimension that the technique provides is quite different from regular appliqué, and when your customer wants a unique look, this might be something to consider.
Run Stitch:
Consists of one stitch between two points. Used for outlining and fine detail. Also known as a walk stitch.

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