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Key issues for Chenille digitizers

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The key issues for Chenille digitizers are as follows:

1. It is important to map out the design so as to minimize the number of needle ups, as you would with traditional embroidery.
2. To prevent one color showing through another, it is critical to know which colors hide or cover other colors t. While this problem occurs in traditional embroidery, it is even more critical when dealing with chenille.
3. Another concern the artist/digitizer must take into consideration when designing is the difference between automated and manual machines.

With manual machines, for example, you can almost come to a stop when making sharp turns, whereas with computer-generated machines, you may need to add points to force the machine to slow down.

Chenille digitizing

Digitizing Chenille designs in ES Chenille is very similar to digitizing Multihead designs. The major differences are:

1. Small and empty (non-data) stitches are not suitable for Chenille because the Chenille yarn is usually thick. They may cause yarn breakage or holes in the fabric. Avoid pointed objects as they produce small stitches.
2. Chain stitches should be used for tie in and tie off stitching.
3. Overlocking is used to prevent Chain stitches unraveling. You need to manually insert a Chain for Barudan and Melco Chenille machines. Tajima machines can change automatically from Moss to Chain if the machine has this option enabled.
4. Overlappng sections are not recommended in designs as chenille yarn is thicker than normal embroidery thread.
5. Chenille embroidery is limited in its ability to achieve intricate detail, but, it is possible to achieve elaborate designs using color, texture and dimension.
6. Chenille embroidery primarily “pushes” or expands, unlike the “push and
pull” factor in traditional embroidery, and large designs require a
cutaway backing to compensate for this.
7. Chenille yarn is thicker than traditional embroidery thread, so it is critical to prevent yarn pile-up caused by too many stitches crossing over each other, particularly chain stitches.
8. Chenille yarn is thicker than the lines in your digitized file so you need to recognise and compensate for this difference.

You should first become familiar with general ES Designer usage before
studying the Chenille-specific usage. ES Designer has a certain philosophy
but once you understand the logic of the software, similarities between
individual functions become obvious. See the Wilcom ES User Manual for