Digitizing for Coloreel ITCU
The Coloreel ITC unit will work together with your ordinary embroidery procedures to feed colored embroidery thread to your design. To use the ability to create embroidery thread in any colour you like, there are a few things embroidery digitizers need to know. One or several of the following might need to be considered.
One color design
Using Coloreel with one solid colored design will not affect the digitizing at all. Just go ahead as with any normal embroidery design. Be happy that you always will have the right color available without excessive stock of threads. Also, you will have the possibility to finetune the color to match the color of the artwork. No need to choose from the closest available or to order special color threads.
Design with two or more solid colors
All parts of the design are to be connected to each other. Traditional embroidery designs are created color by color where each color is closed with end-lock stitching and trim command. The Coloreel technology will use only one needle and the Coloreel ITC unit will make the color change at the thread instead of color change by moving the needle bar on the embroidery machine. That is why no trims are needed. To make sure that the change of color will appear at the expected place in the design we need to introduce and understand the Color Change Point.
The Coloreel ITC unit will estimate the thread usage based on the stitch information of the stitch design used by the embroidery machine. The actual thread usage will differ due to a lot of factors, like thread tensions, fabric thickness, stitch type and angles, needles, backing etc. The actual thread usage is constantly being calculated by the unit’s software. It will, in real time, adjust the coloring of the thread at every given moment. The thread coloring take place early on its way through the Coloreel ITC unit and that distance will make it hard to calculate the exact point where the color of thread should take place. The difference between the expected color change point and the position of the color change in the stitching will vary. That difference is what we call CCPP, Color Change Point Precision. This is measured in cm’s of thread. To ensure that the thread color change matches the design, you need to place some amount of extra thread running beneath top stitching in the design. Typically, normal underlayer stitching will be enough to ensure thread color change at the right place. Make sure that the underlay stitching will consume at least 10 cm of thread, giving room for the actual color change to deviate +/- 5 cm’s. Normal pathing, where small design elements are digitized to be embroidered at the end of embroidery, can cause problems since space for underlaying stiches becomes more and more limited.
Creative thinking will be your best friend.
Effect colored designs
When using color effects, like gradients, stripe, noise etc. the same properties as for multi-colored designs will apply. Furthermore, it takes some artistic skills at the design creation to make color effects the way you want them. Most important is the stich directions and the way each segment are embroidered. Every segment should run from start to end in one flow. A normal pathing of different segments at traditional embroidery designs might give interruptions and flaws in those segments.
Again, Creative thinking will be your best friend.