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Digitizing embroidery is a field that has come to replace traditional techniques of embroidery due to its convenience, quick turnaround and cost effectiveness. The sudden boom in demand for digitization has led to the increase in demand for professional embroidery digitizers, who know how to balance the artistic and technical aspects of the trade.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Unlike any other field involving the use of technology, digitization not only requires the embroidery digitizer to know the intricacies of the software being used, but also be a visionary who has considerable knowledge about fabrics, threads and types of stitching techniques involved. Essentially, the job of an embroidery digitizer is one that requires him to take on different personas with efficiency and take an involved approach throughout the process.

Following is the list of traits one must acquire in order to become a successful embroidery digitizer:

Software Guru – First and foremost, an embroidery digitizer must have a keen understanding of the various types of software that exist in the market. Not only should he be an expert in the prevailing technologies, popular or not, but also have the zeal to upgrade his skill set with the times if he wants to make a successful, lasting career of the same.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Talented Craftsperson – Simply knowing how to work the software is not enough. In order to get that perfect replica of the artwork on cloth, one must have a deep understanding of fabrics, their push and pull factor, threads, colors, stitching techniques and more. As a craftsperson, an embroidery digitizer is required to envision the various elements of the design and know how they will interact on the fabric in order to deliver the best results.

Analyst – A digitizer must have a keen eye for analysis. This not only comes in handy while trying to create the digitized version of the artwork, but also when administering quality checks, so that production is a seamless process. The stitch count, type of thread, material, embroidery styles, etc. should be taken into account at every stage of development, so that production becomes a breeze.

Trouble Shooter – One of the most important roles of an embroidery digitizer is that of a trouble shooter. The first use of this skill could arise when the design is presented for digitization. One would have to predict the “sewability” quotient of the artwork and suggest changes if it dips towards a negative. The second instance could be when the fabric does not take well to the thread count or stitching style. And, the third could arise post-digitization, if there are any hitches during production.

Collaborator – Last, but not the least, an embroidery digitizer should be a good collaborator, who takes the time to understand the needs of the client. He should not only be a perceptive individual, who can think from the perspective of the client, but also one who can put that knowledge to good use within the stipulated timeline.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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