Swatch charts, which are discussed in Anatomy of a Design, are an invaluable aid to any digitizer. They're great for determining suitable densities, verifying pattern fills, and testing motifs. Now you can watch how to set one up in a series of 3 YouTube HD videos.
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Technically, digitizing refers to the process of converting analog information into digital information. For example, scanning a photo into the computer is a form of digitizing.
As it relates to embroidery, it is the process of preparing artwork and applying stitches to create a digital embroidery file suitable for use on a computerized embroidery machine.
What is Density?
Density is the distance between individual stitches in a satin column or rows of stitches in a fill. The closer the rows are to each other, the more dense an area of stitches is.
What is Compensation?
The action of machine tensions when applying stitches to fabric causes distortion during sewing. Stitches are "pulled" in causing a shortening effect when the stitch direction reverses. Conversely, stitches are "pushed" out along their length. Note, however, that these are not equal, opposing forces.
Understanding underlay can help you produce better embroidery. By learning about it's function and attributes, you'll have a better idea of whether a particular design is suitable for your target fabric.