What Are Embroidery Fonts?
Embroidery fonts are files that are programmed to create letters. The information contained in the file is digitized in a way that the embroidery machine can read. Using the file, the embroidery machine can recreate the letters or words on the fabric. Additional fonts can be downloaded for free or purchased separately.
An embroidered font is very similar to the font you use on your computer or phone. Your computer may have Ariel or Times as New Roman fonts. The font is a writing style.
Embroidery machines have a range of fonts or characters. The difference with the specific font of the embroidery is that it has to be readable by the embroidery machine. All the information an embroidery machine needs to reproduce fonts is stored in an embroidery file.
When it comes to embroidered fonts, there are three different types of files. Let’s take a look at them and see how different they are.
BX fonts primarily allow digitizers to take their sewing file fonts (or embroidery designs) and assign one stroke (key on the keyboard) to each letter so that they fit into the proprietary software program. Easy to type.
Many digitizers have used this service, and to be honest, I think that’s the main problem with this type of embroidered font. Regardless of their experience, anyone can develop and sell BX fonts, which have flooded the market with poorly digitized and automated digitized BX fonts.
To be fair, many digitizers do a great job of converting their fonts to BX, but at the same time, the number of average digitizers who have created BX fonts far outweighs the good fonts. Regardless of who digitized them, BX fonts are all strokes defined by embroidery files (or embroidery patterns).
I have been repeatedly asked if we provide BX format for our fonts in Embroidery Legacy. Years ago, I had a developer ask me to convert my work to BX format. The answer was yes and still no. I do not provide BX format; The reason is simple:
Any font is as good as the digitizer that made it. Putting my work in the pool of both excellent and bad digitizers no longer makes a difference to me and the quality at which we have worked so hard to build our reputation.
I know that the developers of the BX format have recently released a “replica” of Wilcom’s world-renowned object-based ESA font technology within the highest levels of their software digitizing module; but as I noted earlier That said, any font is as good as a digitizer them.
ESA Embroidery Font
ESA fonts (Embroidery Specific Alphabets) are the most advanced and customized type of embroidered fonts. ESA fonts are an embroidery font file format specific to Hatch and Wilcom embroidery software. These keyboard fonts are the most customizable form of embroidery font as they can be easily adjusted, resized, and reshaped, all while giving you professional results.
Ironically, ESA embroidery fonts have been around for a long time, and that’s one reason why Wilcom has been a global leader in the commercial embroidery industry for decades.
I remember making ESA fonts 27 years ago when I ran my own two multi-head factories where we produce more than 10,000,000 embroidery products each year. I had two reasons for making these fonts on business days.
- I didn’t want to digitize the same characters over and over again (as I said before, it gets very boring). I also wanted to make sure that the fonts I was using would meet the expectations of users and myself.
- ESA fonts have the same features as Wilcom’s EMB format. Not only does this mean that all the letters are engineered to fit the nearest point, but they also include Wilcom’s incredible Fabric Assist features and much more.
True Type File (TTF) fonts are not embroidery fonts. They were developed by Apple in the 1980s for use with computers. Fonts are the letters that appear on the screen in their original form. In other words, just like you type them. Regardless of screen resolution or size.
Once installed in the embroidery software, the TTF file is automatically converted to the embroidery format when you use it. Although this change can be a bit hit and miss.
Instead of being a real representation, spelling correctly can get lost in automatic translation. Causes a bit of confusion, especially in more complex letter designs. TTF designs work best with simple and narrow fonts instead of blocked or complex fonts.
Choose the font for your project
With all the different fonts available, how do you choose the best fonts for your project? My advice is to consider the style, size, and weight.
The fonts convey a hereditary feeling – some look traditional, some more modern. Some are casual, others are more formal. In general, Sans Serif fonts – those with no small feet on their heads – look more modern while Serifs look more traditional. Loopy script fonts have a formal feel unless the characters are very different in size – then they look more comfortable. When you see a font, ask yourself what kind of feeling it makes, and ask yourself if it suits the shape you’re going for.
Font size is also an important factor in choosing embroidered fonts for your project. Some fonts come in petite sizes which makes them suitable for delicate items like handkerchiefs. Before buying a font, make sure it is available in the size you want.
And, finally, consider the weight of the font. Thicker characters – Nappies will work better on fabrics, while thinner ones will work better on more delicate materials. A very thoughtful font can get lost in textured clothes.
Some popular embroidery fonts
Many embroidery designs are characterized by embroidered words or names that are similar to handwriting or hand-lettering, which is why cursive and calligraphy fonts are often used for embroidery.
Both cursive and calligraphy are under script fonts, and the main difference between them is that when it comes to cursive fonts, the letters are all connected, whereas the calligraphy style does not require the letters to be root.
Let’s take a look at some cursive and calligraphy embroidery fonts:
Cursive Embroidery Fonts
Stitched: Handwritten Font
This handcrafted font with dashed strokes excellently reproduces a real running stitch. Its subtle flaws, such as irregularly tilted characters and unique superscript dots, make it completely authentic. If you want to give the impression that you have sewn a design by hand, this is the embroidery font you are looking for:
Recreating a beautiful and detailed sewing style with embroidered letters that look cross-stitched and embossed for a more realistic effect, this font is perfect if you want a more traditional look of hand embroidery for your design.
A New Script Font
Towards a more modern-looking font, Rebels typeface features beautiful crescendo handwriting with glyphs with more contrast strokes and a longer X-height. It also comes with a swash replacement for lowercase letters.
Designed for embroidery, it works well even in small font sizes so it will look great whether embroidered on handkerchiefs, aprons, blankets, or other personal items:
A Lovely Script Font
In a beautiful handwritten cursive font, the family home has smooth, coarse strokes resulting in quirky coiled characters. Aside from the heart-shaped superscript dots, the font itself has a romantic look and feel that is perfect for wedding embroidery hoops or other love-themed embroidery designs.
Royalty, beauty, and grace – are the things that come to mind when you look at the Bodoni Terracina font. The glyphs themselves were created by the Italian typographer Giambattista Bodoni. And with neat, thin strokes and all the characters oblique, this stylish font has a lot of readability and can help you create a stunning, formal-looking embroidery design:
Get the complete package with this fully packaged font bundle featuring handwritten Sans Serif fonts, a Crescent script font in 2 weights, over 100 doodles, swash, and floral ornaments, and 10 background patterns.
The Katie Shine script font has wild, irregular strokes while the breath serif is thick and mono weight and comes in large and small caps. Combining these fonts with embellished decorative elements, you can create beautiful embroidered designs for tote bags, pillowcases, and a variety of fabrics. Here is an example:
Calligraphy Embroidery Fonts
Another cross-stitch-inspired font, Stitch Warrior is a vector font designed specifically for embroidery, so each letter is packed with many small scalable pixels to give it a solid texture. From your designs add a personal touch and give your embroidered pieces a classic look with this gothic-style calligraphy font:
Good Day Font
With narrow rows of flat stitches, the Good Day font resembles clean satin stitching and creates a delicate style of calligraphy with thin, high contrast strokes. It comes in all capital letters and as a bitmap font, its display size can meet all your printing and embroidery needs.
Hodgeson: Calligraphic Slab
This monolithic slab serif font comes in 4 styles including stylistic switches, alternates, and ligatures. Custom posts with heavy strokes, well-defined block serifs, and slightly narrower set widths are all features of modern calligraphy, making Hodgson a very versatile font that can fit into any type of embroidery design.
Here’s how solid and smooth it will look when printed on fabric, and you can only imagine how much better it would look when embroidered:
Angon is a beautiful, retro-style calligraphy font with eye-catching features such as charming, roundstroke, clean wedge serif, and a tall x-height. It comes with common ligatures and special alternatives that are separated by extended tails and prominent hair terminals, which can help you create stylish designs of vintage embroidery.
This modern calligraphy font is made of hard, flat, high contrast strokes, complete with sharp and thin wedge serifs and wide-set widths. Alternatives include unique teardrop terminals that add to the overall classic and luxurious look.
Lastly, for fun and unique embroidery fonts, try reverse contrast fonts like Retromax. Retromax is a layered font that comes in 3 layered styles, 3D, Shade, and Offset which you can use to add dimensions to your text and make it stand out.
In reverse contrast or reverse stress typeface, horizontal lines have a thicker stroke width than vertical lines, which is common in typewriting, especially in printing and writing the Latin alphabet. This reversal of tension has a dramatic effect, with the characters appearing to be misprinted:
There are many different types of embroidery fonts. Generally, unless you are using a software brand that can run ESA fonts, pre-loaded fonts in your embroidery software or machine you buy additional fonts to add to your software. Will give better results (especially if these additional fonts are TrueType or BX fonts).
Now, if you’re a “fonty” person, do a lot of monogramming, or want clean, crisp letters, ESA font technology is a real game-changer. ESA fonts are highly customizable and go far beyond the range of other fonts available.
Foundry. Chiller is the work of British designer Andrew Smith, a chaotic, carefree entertainment font. Although ink stains and stray strokes may seem out of place, this type of face-to-face form was carefully planned and is evident even in surprisingly small point sizes.
Some popular examples of serif typefaces are Times New Roman, Garamond, and Georgia. And popular sans-serif fonts are Arial, Futura, and Helvetica.
Embrilliance Express mode will provide an interface for you to use designs that you have just purchased as a keyboard font or library entry. And then add files to the program.
TrueType fonts (or TTF for short) are fonts installed in your embroidery software and are automatically converted to embroidery designs when used. It’s like the automatic digitizing lettering files of the software that you choose. Many programs, including Hatch and Floriani, will automatically convert a TrueType font into slices.
- Five-star fonts are free fonts for embroidery machines.
- Baby Key Apples.
- Bunny Cup Embroidery Free Fonts.
- GG Design Embroidery.
- Free embroidery fonts in place of Omaha.
- Creative kiwi embroidery.
- My sewing sweet shop.
- Bodoni Terracina.
- Cattieshine. Calligraphy Embroidery Fonts.
- Stitch Warrior.
- Good Day Font.
- Hodgeson: Calligraphic Slab.
- Angon: Display Serif Typeface.
- Milgnite: Display Serif Font.
- Retromax: Reverse Contrast Script.