Embroidery Machines need commands to tell the needles where to go and what to do and the action of encoding these commands is called "Digitizing".
Logos, designs, fonts and even texts must all be digitized before they can be embroidered. However the good news is that embroidery machines come with some fonts already embedded (Pre-Digitized) in them. The pictures below show the available / pre-digitized fonts that you can choose from. These pictures are actual embroidery sew out and not computer generated.
Projects such as embroidery names on Christmas stockings, initials on Robes, names on lab coats or simple text on any garment do not need digitizing as long as you choose from the below fonts.
Puff or 3D / Raised is another method of embroidery. Here are pictures of an actual image and the outcome in PUFF.
There are two circumstances when an image cannot be Puff embroidered:
A - The image is too small / narrow hence cannot be done as a PUFF embroidery. See the outline of the image. Also the PUFF surface must be minimum 3/16th of an inch wide (about 5 Millimeters). See letters D and R .
B- The image is too wide which will result in the thread to be loose . See the letter H. The surface must NOT be more than 3/8th of an inch wide (about 10 Millimeters). Although you may have seen Puff wider than 10 Millimeters but that is something that we prefer not to do. It simply puts much pressure on the machine while producing the product hence reducing the life and accuracy of these delicate equipments.
Maximum height of a logo that can be embroidered on the front of a baseball hat is 2.25" yet because of the Puff, we had to reduce it for about 1/8". In these pictures you see the outcome of the actual file so that you get an idea what the outline of the image (non-puff area) should be as well.
NOTE: In the actual embroidery on hats, you notice that the bottom of the letter H is perfectly in the center, then move your focus to the top of the letter H, now you see the H looks slightly off centered. This is a possible situation which is out of our hands and it is due to the following reasons:
A- Fabric moves while being embroidered.
B- Caps are not sewn/manufactured perfectly.
It is all about number of stitches and not number of colors in your design therefore to give you correct pricing, we need to:
1- See your design and know how large "in inches" you want the design to be embroidered.