Important Embroidery Terms

Important Embroidery Terms from NYFifth

If you’re looking for a classic and timeless look, embroidery is probably your best choice. Custom embroidery is the method used for decorating fabrics with a needle and thread. Embroidery makes your logo looks professional, sleek and modern. Embroidered apparel can last for a really long time, and it doesn’t wash or fade out because it becomes one with the fabric itself. Today, we are going to introduce some important embroidery terms to you, like 3D Foam Embroidery, Monogram, Puff Embroidery and more. You can add you favorite logo, team logo or company logo with custom embroidery to your tees, sports shirts, jackets, hats and more.

3-D Foam Embroidery

3-D Foam Embroidery is used to add dimension to an embroidery pattern that is typically used on caps. The 3D Foam is placed on the topside of the pattern and stitched over with shortened stitches to cut the Foam. The excessive foam is then pulled away from the embroidery giving a 3D appearance. 3D Foams are available in various thickness.


Backing is often called stabilizer that is a woven or non-woven material added to the back of the fabric being embroidered. It can be hooped with the item or placed between the machine throat plate and the hooped garment. It comes in various weights in three types- tearaway, cutaway and washaway.


Digitizing is a computerized method of converting artwork into a series of commands to be read by an embroidery machine’s computer. It is extremely important and will determine the quality of the finished embroidery. Every action of the embroidery machine is controlled by the digitized program including the movement of the pantograph to form various stitches, thread changes, thread trims, and many other functions.

Fill Stitch

Fill Stitch is one of the three most common stitches used in embroidery along with the run stitches and satin stitches. A series of running stitches commonly combined to cover large areas. Different fill patterns can be created by altering the angle, length and repeat sequence of the stitches.


Embroidered design composed of one or more letters, usually the initials in a name.

Puff Embroidery

Puff Embroidery is done mostly on baseball style caps. It can make a design really stand off on a cap. The additional height used to create the “puff” effect is achieved by using a piece of foam that is placed on top of the item being embroidered. Then the embroidery is done over the top of the piece of foam giving it the “puff” effect.

Stitch Count

Stitch Count, in its simplest form, is defined as the number of embroidery stitches it takes to create a logo in embroidery. How many stitches it takes to create a logo in embroidery is in direct relation to the size or complexity of the logo. The bigger the image, the more stitches need to create it in embroidery.

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