Greetings everyone,

Cora’s corner is so good this month I am going to shamelessly borrow from her content as with minor adjustments it applies as much to your digitizer as it does with your artist.

There are several elements involve to creating quality digitizing. The obvious information would be what elements in a piece of art should be included in the finished design should be. However other factors can affect the outcome just as much.

You need to tell your artist;

1)     How many colors in the design.

It might seem obvious, but it isn’t.  Be sure you let your programmer know which colors need to be stitched.  This is especially important if there are large white areas in your design.  Should these white areas be stitched or should they be left negative (fabric showing through) to help reduce overall stitch count..

2) What colors are in the design.

If your programmer is going to sample your design for you and your intent is to use that sample to show your customer, make sure you let your programmer know what colors she should use when sampling your design.  This will save you and her and you time (money!). (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss what your artist needs to know to create your artwork..

There are several elements involve to creating artwork for screen printing. The obvious information would be what elements or theme the image should be. However other things affect the image you end up with.

You need to tell your artist;

1)     How many colors in the design.

It’s always best to know how many colors are in the design upfront. There will be less time involved in reworking the design later. (more…)

As summer approaches are you planning to make any changes to your marketing strategy? Or are you just expecting there to be a lull in business as people go on vacation and start spending more time outdoors? With the right strategies, you can actually curb any slowdown and maybe even increase your business. Lets explore how…

Think mobile

Last month we discussed responsive websites and this could be just what you need at this time of year. More and more people will be spending time outdoors – in parks, on beaches and generally away from home. Ensuring that your website is responsive will ensure that more people can access it on their smartphones and other devices. As the trend it edging towards increased mobile usage anyway, if you haven’t already made the move to a responsive site, then now would be a good time to get started. (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with  your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss how screen print screen mesh count affect your artwork.

Screen mesh counts are how many threads per inch. Generally screens for garment printing run from 25 threads per inch to 305 threads per inch. The lower the mesh count the more ink can flow thru the openings in the mesh.

The mesh count you use depends a lot with how detailed your image. The more detailed your image, the higher the mesh count of your screen needs to be. (more…)

While similar, digitizing for Multi-head embroidery machines can present its own unique set of challenges.  However, one thing that is nice about evaluating a digitizing project on multi-head embroidery machines is this; regardless if the machine has 2 heads or 30 heads, if a problem is apparent on all sewing heads then the issue can almost certainly be attributed to the digitizing.  If the problem only shows up on one head, but embroiders nicely on all of the other heads, there is almost certainly a mechanical issue on the head showing the failure.

This might seem obvious but one of the first questions I will ask when presented with the question, “why isn’t this design sewing nicely on my machine?” is, “are you embroidering on a single-head or multi-head machine?”  This is never meant as a method to shift responsibility from the programmer to a piece of equipment but it is really helpful to know the facts in order to provide the best solution to the problem.

If you’ve been paying attention to updates in web development over the past few years, you’ve probably heard of responsive website design. A responsive website is simply one that recognizes the type of device that it is being utilized and adapts accordingly, reformatting to ensure that there is the ideal user experience at all times. There are a number of benefits of having a responsive website, so why not consider it for your site?

Mobile use

With an ever-increasing number of people relying on smartphones for their internet access, it does not make sense to ignore this market. People are using them for social media, online banking and even a grocery shop. Around one third of people believe that this is the best way for them to access the internet and most people are actually spending more time online via their cell phone than they ever did with a laptop or desktop computer. (more…)

Reprint from 2010 —  This question remains the one of the top three questions I receive about embroidery digitizing and is worth of a reprint of this article.

One of the most frequent questions I receive from customers is “can my embroidery design be resized?” Unfortunately that is not a YES or NO question and I could quite literally write an entire book on the subject. However, in a nutshell the simple answer is most embroidery designs can be scaled about 15 to 20% without sacrificing quality. However, that is not always the case and the balance of this blog discusses the factors that contribute to scaling designs to this or larger degrees.

I want to avoid a highly technical discussion on this topic but to understand the limitations of scaling designs you must be aware of how changing the size of a design will effect a type of stitching in a design. To illustrate my points I am going to use somewhat exaggerated examples. However, please note, many times we are asked to scale designs from very small to extremely large (or vice versa) so while my examples might seem extreme I am presented with real world similar requests on a daily basis. (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with

your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss some the benefits of creating halftones as design elements.


So, it’s always nice to give design projects (logos, illustrations, etc.) some pizazz. Halftones are usually used to create gradients or to blend 2 or more colors to create other colors. However halftones can be used to dress up a design. Halftones can be used for the background to make the element(s) on top pop, add color or interest to the object converted to halftones. (more…)

LinkedIn is a rapidly growing social networking site for professionals and businesses. Users can choose to create a free profile page or a premium profile page for a small fee, but how do they differ? Which one is going to be right for you? Let’s jump right in…

Free account key points

The free account gives you the opportunity to create a complete profile and resume as well as the opportunity to create a strong network of professionals in and around your industry. You can ask for recommendations from former employers, colleagues or partners, recommend others in return and use the search function to find other LinkedIn members. You can also receive unlimited messages from other members. (more…)


In the wonderful world of commercial embroidery there is a great deal of confusion surrounding what are commonly called, “fonts.”  The most important thing to remember is, Embroidery Alphabets (keyboard lettering)  are not the same thing as fonts used in applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw and a host of other applications. To call them such is a misnomer. I realize I may be splitting hairs and getting hung up on semantics but the truth is a “font” and a professionally digitized embroidery alphabet are very different things. (more…)