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The following digitizing guidelines shape how we create our designs.  They are approximately in order of priority. However, digitizing is more an art than a science, and these priorities may have to be adjusted to create the best appearance for a specific design.

1. Use the minimum density that provides good coverage. Usually, this is 4.5 for fill stitches and 5.0 for column stitches. However, the outcome will be influenced by your fabric, thread and stabilizer.

2. Sew from background to foreground, in the sequence of layers that produces the most natural appearance.

3. Sew largest areas first to reduce registration problems

4. Sew from center outward. This also reduces registration problems.

5. Sew outlines immediately after the area which they surround. This also reduces registration problems.

6. Minimize use of jump stitches. Where we can, we will connect areas of the same color with a running stitch. This allows for more speed in stitching out a design. For those with machines that don't auto-trim, it also reduces the number of times you must stop the machine to trim.  Where we must use jump stitches, we will try to place them so that - if your machine does not automatically trim jump stitches - areas sewn later won't sew over jump stitches.

7. Minimize color changes. This also allows more speed in sewing out a design.

8. For areas of color that are crossed by carvings, the background fabric may show through the stitching, especially if your thread is light-colored and your fabric is bright. Most of these designs from Stitched With Grace are set up to allow you an option to appliqué fabric behind the cover stitches to prevent the background fabric showing through. A design that uses this technique is Lamb of God 1.

* The density number represents "tenths of a mm between rows of stitching", so "4.5" means that there is actually 0.45 mm between rows.

* Registration is the alignment of different areas of color and lines within a design.  When registration is off, gaps appear between areas of color that are supposed to be touching, outlines don't touch the areas they're supposed to surround, and so on.

* Carving is a technique of creating texture on an embroidered area by making a line that crosses the rows of stitching where stitches penetrate the fabric, creating a break in the fill pattern.


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