When a design is digitized for embroidery, it is digitized for a particular size, fabric, and color. A quality digitizer will digitize a design for maximum versatility on various fabrics and garments. However, there will be many situations where a design will need to be edited to be at its best. This is because of the following two variations:
Garment style: Different styles of garments have different characteristics. A piqué shirt is riddled with a small waffle-type pattern; a jersey material is smoother but has more stretch to it; fleece is thicker, and the stitching can sink into the fabric; denim is flat and stable; and a towel can eat up the stitches due to the loft of the fibers. Each of these different characteristics affects the way that stitches lay on a garment and ultimately affect the way the finished design works.
Garment color: Different color garments reflect light differently. Tone on tone or threads that are similar to a garment’s color seem to have the most coverage as there is very little contrast. White thread on a dark garment is usually one of the most challenging as there is a tremendous amount of contrast with the lighter color being the thread. Black thread on a white garment also has an enormous amount of contrast but the black thread easily covers the white garment.