At a Glance: Wilcom Embroidery Digitization
Founded in 1979, Sydney-based Wilcom revolutionized the embroidery industry with software that efficiently and accurately digitizes artwork, converting it into a file compatible with embroidery machines from many different manufacturers. If you’re looking to have a graphic embroidered on apparel or other textiles, you’ll probably want a digitizer experienced with Wilcom software to prepare the design for stitching.
The first step in the Wilcom embroidery digitization process is to review the artwork and determine whether it can be converted as is, or whether it might need some editing—the lettering may need to be enlarged relative to the illustration, for instance. From there, the digitizer will determine the sequence (also known as pathing) and type of stitches, based on the fabric to be stitched on and the embroidery design. Choosing the best stitch style and pathing ensures that the company you choose to manufacture the design can produce it as efficiently as possible while preserving the highest quality. The digitizer incorporates all this information into the Wilcom software, sending you a file that’s ready for a professional embroiderer. The Wilcom embroidery digitizers on Upwork have experience with everything from small patches with lettering to complex illustrations for shirts, hats, banners, towels, and more.