Artwork Issues - Embroidery News 26

Can a business card be used for artwork? What is "kerning" for embroidery? What do you look for when checking an embroidery proof? Read on for answers!

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Embroidery News Style Focus: Tech Pique Polo K527 / L527

K527 and L527 tech poloThis is a 5.2-ounce, 100% polyester polo with a UPF rating of 40. It has a flat knit collar, dyed-to-match buttons and open hem sleeves.

It provides UV protection, is moisture-wicking and is available in 11 bright colors in sizes XS-4X for men and women and in tall sizes LT-4XLT for men.


Kerning Embroidery?

What is kerning? Kerning is the spacing of letters from one letter to another. A printed item that's properly kerned has the right amount of space between each letter so the word reads smoothly and looks good. How does kerning effect embroidery? Embroidered text must also be kerned but its often adjusted slightly so the connector threads (individual threads connecting one letter to the next) aren't too visible. In other words, embroidered letters are often spaced more closely so the connector threads aren't seen and the text looks good.

Embroidery News Apparel Defined:

Come across some unknown words when shopping for embroidered apparel? Here are some definitions:

  • Drop Needle - a knit fabric with vertical lines running in the cloth.
  • Drop tail - a back tail that is longer than the front tail so it stays tucked in.
  • Eco-Jersey - (Alternative brand) - medium weight jersey with a soft, vintage feel. Its made from eco materials including recycled polyester, organic cotton and rayon yarns.
  • EcoSmart - (Hanes brand) - 50/50 cotton/poly blend T's and sweatshirts made from up to 5% recycled plastic bottles.