Estimating Stitch Count
Here is an easy way to estimate the amount of stitches you’ll need for great-looking logos.
- Print out the grid below
- Cut out your artwork and place it over the grid
- Count the number of boxes it fills, then find that number in the chart
- If your design goes outside the grid, estimate the extra grid space & add it to your original total.
Other Points to Remember when Estimating a Stitch Count
- 1 solid square inch of embroidery equals approximately 2,000 stitches.
- 1 solid square 1/4 inch of embroidery will equal about 125 stitches.
- No letter should be smaller than 3/16". Each letter 1/4" in height equals about 100 stitches.
- Drop shadows in your logo will translate to 200 extra stitches per inch.
- Straight lines under logos typically require 200 extra stitches per inch.
- Fabrics, colors, and artwork detail will affect the amount of stitches.
It is important to remember that these stitch-count tips, and the stitch-count grid, provide estimates only. They are a good starting point to arrive at a ballpark count, but the precise figure can only be determined when the actual embroidery of your design is performed.
Note: Due to differences in computers and printers, the size of the grid may be distorted
when you print it out. Be sure to check that 1-inch squares actually measure 1 inch on your printout
(do the same for 1/4-inch squares).
If such a size distortion occurs, you can scale your printout of the grid to
a more accurate size using a photocopier.