In computerized embroidery, the concepts of basic stitches, cross-stitching, and freestyle have all remained the same. The main change is the mechanizing of the process. It is done by computer-controlled machines that may have single or multiple needles, each with different threads loaded. This multi-needle machines may have multiple sewing heads so that it can sew the same design onto several pieces of clothing at the same time. Most machine embroidery requires fabric stabilizers to ensure that the underlying fabric doesn’t wrinkle.
The pre-designed patterns are loaded into the machine using embroidery digitizing software. The crafter can choose from plenty of designs or can create a customized embroidery design. You cannot edit the design on the go. The thread used in computerized embroidery is heavier, typically made of polyester, metallic, or rayon.
Each sewing head can produce effects like running stitch, chain stitch and satin stitch. The computerized machines can now majorly imitate the complex handcraft of the past.
Examples – Cutwork, appliqué, Sequin and 3D puff embroidery.
A hand-embroidered work is more personal and requires an investment of time to incorporate minute details and creativity. This type of work often creates unique, royal, and heavily-embroidered pieces.
On the other hand, computerized embroidery produces professional-looking designs in very less time comparatively. There is a broad range of designs available today that can be applied to every possible garment, accessories, and décor products.