Possibly one of the most underestimated art forms and potentially most favored, is embroidery. It’s quite simply, one of the most amazing things to watch as a needle pumps through 1000 threads per minute and zig zags layer after layer into an almost perfect replicated form of a digital image.
There are people who still construct embroidery by hand, some who use single needle machines and others who use industrial size machines to pump out thousands of hats in a single day. The process is actually quite interesting.
First, a digital image is constructed, maybe it’s a logo, a phrase, a word or an image of some kind. That digital image maybe a PNG or AI file is then sent off to a digitizer. Now this process is super intricate. Using 1’s and 0’s a programmer assigns every portion of the image on an X,Y plane and generates commands to be given to the Embroidery Machine. Also, every embroidery machine is slightly different and every design requires special treatment. Their are softwares that do exist, that sort of construct these commands automatically, but when it comes to unique artwork, special fonts or anything outside of a basic image, it requires an expert to go through every point of the digitized commands.
Embroidery designs can range anywhere from two thousand to six thousand stitches, just for a hat. Now imagine a letterman’s jacket or giant patches, sometimes upwards of fifteen thousand stitches for a single patch. Once the design is digitized, it is imported to the machine, usually a flash drive of some kind holds all the designs and file types that give the machine the commands. After the file is imported, it is sized to fit whatever garment it is meant to be placed on. The machine is threaded to the proper colors and assigned which needle/ needles shall be making the design. There is usually one test run and then the entire process is set into motion. Needles will break, thread will get jammed and someone will need to monitor it’s mechanics all along.
Embroidery is an intense amount of work, but a very loved and respected style of artwork.
Many Los Angeles companies promote a service called ‘Cut and Sew,’ but what does that actually entail?
There’s actually so many subcategories of Cut and Sew that quite honestly, it’s hard to determine if there is a limit to the possibilities with Cut & Sew.
If it involves a needle and thread, it can pretty much be put into this category. Let’s start with a breakdown of the most common services under the Umbrella of Cut and Sew.
Relabeling is one of the most utilized services. It entails taking out the original label or labels and removing them with seamless precision. Then the new label is placed and sewn on, sometimes with size and care labels.
Another service is simply alteration of some kind. In some cases, a sleeve will need to be cut to three quarters and then re-sewn to look clean. Sometimes a hood will need to be added or a drawstring needs to be switched out for another color. A button may need to be removed or a snap added. A tank top may need to be transformed into a crop top. The possibilities of alterations are endless.
In some cases, a garment may need to be built from scratch, measured and tailored to a model and then built into a pattern. The pattern can then be altered to different sizes, larger or smaller and then be passed onto production.
Now, production can also be an aspect of Cut and Sew. A client may bring in a pattern and then want a run made, fifteen small, ten medium, ten large, and five extra large. Most of the time, when people refer to Cut and Sew, what they mean is garments built from raw fabric. Usually higher quality and better price than massively produced garments. When people want to start their own fashion line or merchandise their own custom clothing, Cut and Sew is the way to go.
If you are in need of any type of custom cut and sewing services, GhostCircus Merch can do them all!