ESA fonts (Embroidery Specific Alphabets) are the most advanced and customizable type of embroidery fonts available because they are native font files. They are the gold standard in commercial embroidery.
Unlike stitch file fonts, ESA fonts aren’t just finished designs that have been assigned a keystroke. Instead, they’re node-based objects built into your software that can be customized almost any way you see fit!
Being 100% object-based, they can be resized, re-shaped, and have their digitized properties altered (stitch count, underlay, stitch type, etc.) at the click of a button based on the fabric type you’ll be stitching on.
Here are some features of ESA fonts that make them stand out from other fonts:
ESA Fonts Join Closest Point to Save You Time:
Fonts that “join the closest point” mean that the files will not generate trims between each letter when running on the machine. This is very important from a production standpoint because it saves you a ton of time. Every unnecessary trim command within a text layout is lost production time, to the extent of 120 stitches for every trim generated on a machine, to be exact. I know that may sound excessive, but if you consider that a machine is going full speed for every trim, then it has to slow down, tie-out, and activate the trimmer. Then the needle moves to the next position, ties-in, and has to ramp back up to full speed. Make sense?
That’s why the stitch counts we see within a design are not always accurate regarding the actual time it takes to run on the machine. For example: If a few text lines consisting of 50 letters and 10 words have a stitch count of 5000 and the machine is running at 500 stitches per minute, you’d assume the designs would take 10 minutes to run. BUT if that design has a trim at every letter, you need to add an additional 6000 stitches (50 x 120 stitches) of run time! That 5000-stitch design has a run time of 11000 stitches, a whopping 22 minutes of run time compared to the original 10!
As you can see, every unnecessary trim has a significant impact on how long it takes your project to stitch out and even how the back of your embroidered project looks (you don’t want a bunch of random tie-out tails hanging). This is incredibly important for anyone embroidering as a business because time is money!
Use Fabric Assist with ESA Fonts for the Best Possible Results on ANY Type of Fabric:
ESA fonts allow you to choose the specific fabric type that you’re going to stitch your design on and automatically alter the underlay, density, and pull compensation to ensure the best results possible. This is literally every embroiderer’s dream come true… Better quality at the click of a button!
ESA Fonts are Easy to Resize to Fit Virtually any Project:
ESA fonts are 100% object-based making them very friendly when it comes to resizing, especially with increasing size. Although the fonts can be decreased marginally, they can be increased in size almost without limitation.
Because they are objects, you can make changes at the click of a button that will properly adjust effects & stitch settings as the fonts’ size increases.
You can automatically split stitches when widths go past 7mm and change the stitch types from satins to other stitch types:
ESA Fonts are Easy to Edit & Reshape:
Being 100% object-based, ESA fonts are incredibly easy to edit & adjust! Simply click and drag any of the nodes within the shape of a letter to adjust how it appears and the software will automatically adjust the stitches in between! Whether you want to make the tail of a “Q” swirl up or place an arrow at the top of an “N”, ESA fonts make it incredibly easy! You can move, add or change nodes within any letter! Plus, change and add stitch angles.
Now I know we’ve built up ESA fonts a lot… But that’s because they really are a game-changer in the home embroidery industry! I could go on about ESA fonts all day and cover more amazing features, but if you haven’t already, you really should try them for yourself.
Click here to download a free 30-day free trial of Hatch and see for yourself what makes ESA fonts so special. This full-featured demo has no limits (you can stitch out your creations) and will give you access to over 100 ESA fonts… Plus, we’ll even throw in some bonuses! If you do a lot of embroidery lettering or monogramming, ESA fonts will save you hours of frustration… What do you have to lose?
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