Thread Thickness and Digitizing Techniques
When digitizing or adding a new embroidery thread type to your system, you can also input the desired thickness of that thread.
this helps when trying to determine the coverage of a fill on a large area.
A bit of back ground the industry standard thread weight for most industrial shops is 40wt this has the best coverage on standard logos and works with a widest variety of applications. However there are specialty areas that can get better results when working with other areas.
Small Diameter 60 wt Threads
When working with small diameter threads you can use smaller needles like a 65/9 needle this allows for more detail and less bulk, applications that this excels at is small lettering under 4 mm or .25 of inch. The thread thickness is half the size of the standard thread and the needle is considerably smaller allowing for more needle penetration in a very small area, 60 wt threads are also commonly used in the craft and home embroidery segments, there is a wide range of colors available in this wt and often you get get 5000 m spools as well. In the example below you can see that we made very small text , using standard Pulse Microsystems Fonts. These fonts are specially designed for small lettering and have the underlay and compensation built in,
Large Diameter 20 pr 30 wt Threads
When working with large fills where you want to cover a wide are on a jacket or what to keep the density to a minimum then you may want to consider using a large needle and larger size embroidery thread. There are quite a few applications where you can substitute a larger embroidery thread but working on jackets like leather that rip when putting too many needle penetrations in the embroidery design using a larger needle and larger thread reduces the amount of needle penetration but allows for great coverage. It also reduces the puckering of the fabric.
In the example below you will see a design that is made by Campus Crew a Canadian Company that excels in using large threads. They use it to cover large areas with stitches and they also use it for effect on applique designs as well.
Changing thread thickness
When you need to change thread on your embroidery machine you should also change the thickness in your embroidery digitizing software so the appearance of the embroidery designs is correct, this will give you a visual que on how dense or how much detail to add. Its often over looked in the software when digitizing for these types of applications.
To change (1) color on demand without effecting the color chart follow steps below.
1. Right Click on the color
2. Goto Properties
3. Change the highlighted value
1. 20 wt thread very large thread
2. 30 wt thread
3. 40 wt thread default
4. 50 wt thread
5. 60 wt thread very small thread
This method changes the thread in the design only.. Its a great option for on demand digitizing for clients or embroidery designs when you normally do not work with the type of thread.
Author: Frank Prokator