Digitizing is the process of converting artwork into data containing commands
that tell an embroidery machine frame how to move through the machine operating
system. Digitizing or punching design is the process of converting artwork such
as vector format artwork or scanned artwork (.jpg, .png, .bmp, tif,) into digital
embroidery. This can be done by the use of embroidery digitizing software and a
skilled digitizing artist to interpret that particular design. Contemporary embroidery
is stitched with a computerized embroidery machine using patterns "digitized"
with embroidery software. In machine embroidery, different types of "fills"
add texture and design to the finished work. Machine embroidery is used to add logos
and monograms to business shirts or jackets, gifts, and team apparel as well as
to decorate household linens, draperies, and decorator fabrics that mimic the elaborate
hand embroidery of the past.