Embroidery Glossary

Embroidery Glossary

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Center Line Input:
When the embroidery software creates a satin stitch around a single line entered by the digitizer.
Check spring:
Assists in upper thread tensioning and is used to detect upper thread breaks in many embroidery machine models.
Chenille:
Type of embroidery-commonly found in appliqué and athletic applications-characterized by a design surface comprised of heavy loops of thread; sewn with heavy threads or yarns, chenille is created on specialized embroidery equipment.
Column Stitch:
Formed by closely placed zigzag or satin stitches. Often used to form borders around fill areas and to render lettering.
Complex fill:
Similar to standard fill, technique that allows digitizer 'knock out' area(s) within fill, creating openings or negative space (visualize Swiss cheese).
Condensed format:
Digital design-storage format that allows for less limited (than expanded format) enlargement or reduction in size, scale, stitch length and density in a digitized design (within stitch-type limitations), due to proportional number of stitches being placed between pre-defined points, rather than individual stitches being assigned specific sizes; may not be read by all embroidery machines (see also expanded format).
Cross-Stitch:
Regular bean stitch movements forming x’s in rows or within a box shape to form geometric designs. Creates a handmade appearance.
Crystal Heat Transfers:
Metallic studs or crystals strategically placed to form a design. While this can be done by hand, most of the time that method is too time-consuming to be cost effective. Ready-made transfers are available, and custom transfers can also be ordered from some companies. New to the embroidery industry are both stitch designs and appliqués that have accompanying transfers specifically calculated to fit and enhance the embroidery.
Density:
Number of stitches in a specific area. Determines the total thread coverage in a design.
Design Library/Catalog:
A computer program that catalogs a collection of digitized designs kept by embroidery shops and allows an embroiderer to access the design by subject, stitch count, number of colors or icon.