3D Puff Digitizing

As digitizers, designers and all-around creative people, we know that originality and quality are paramount when it comes to your designs. If you’ve not already heard of it, 3D Foam, also known as 3D Puff, is a technique that allows you to raise the surface of your designs, making them essentially three dimensional. 3D Foam can give your designs a complete creative boost, transforming them completely. However, some parts of the technique may be a little tricky so take a look at the complete guide to the 3D foam we’ve put together for you below.

3D foam (3D Puff) is a technique where foam is inserted under the top stitch to raise the surface, giving a three-dimensional look to your embroidery designs. The 3D foam effect is commonly used on garments that don’t require much washing. Apparel like caps, jackets and other outerwear are pieces that are best suited for this technique.

Things to be aware of when attempting to use 3D Foam:
  • The type of foam used is very important: the best place to obtain it is through your accessory supplier as not all foams are suitable.
  • Foam colour is also important: it is best to use the same colour as your top thread as any excess foam would be less visible.
  • The subject matter is also important: 3D foam works best with satin stitching. If the object you want to raise can’t be digitized in satin, then you shouldn’t use foam.
Why is the 3D foam technique different?
  • Capping: Where the top stitch is not covering the foam, a separate object is created to cap the corners usually running in a perpendicular direction.
  • More Pull Compensation is needed for the thickness of the foam.
  • Fonts and basic shapes are commonly used.
  • Stitch density: Spacing between penetrations needs to be denser to help cut and cover the excess foam.
  • Top thread tension: This is usually loose when stitching a foam design.
  • SSecuring stitches: These are needed to hold two objects together.


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