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What is the Digitizing Masterclass?

This course is designed to help unlock the mysteries of digitizing.  It starts with developing a strong foundation and understanding of the entire embroidery process.  Digitizing is only one piece of the embroidery puzzle.  It is important to understand all the components of embroidery in order to experience success.  Because of this, you will not only learn how to digitize embroidery designs, you will also learn how to optimize your design for the fabric/material it is going on and how to properly stabilize the fabric in order to achieve true embroidery mastery.

The principles, theories, and techniques presented in this course are designed to help every digitizer regardless of their current digitizing level.  Whether you are brand new to digitizing or have been doing it for years, you will benefit and learn from this course!

What Will It Do For Me?

This course provides all the information you need to learn how to digitize embroidery designs.  After completing this course, you will have the confidence and ability to digitize complex designs with confidence.  You will gain a complete understanding of how to control every stitch in a design. 

In this course, you will learn how to do it all.  Here is a list of just of a few things you will learn how to do:

  • Create and control the 3 embroidery stitch types:  the run, the satin, and the fill stitch.
  • Know what type of stitch to use for objects in a design.
  • Structure a design so you know what order to follow when digitizing it.
  • Organize, setup, and digitize a design.
  • Eliminate density issues and never create bulletproof, stiff designs again.
  • Eliminate gaps between embroidery stitches.
  • Eliminate registration issues so all stitches line up as they should.
  • Eliminate fabric pucker.
  • Properly use and execute underlay stitches.
  • How to path a design between objects to keep the machine stitching and eliminating as many trims as possible.
  • Digitize letters when you can’t use a pre-installed keyboard font that comes with your software.
  • Digitize for hats.
  • Digitize for large designs.
  • Digitize color blends.
  • Modify your design for the fabric it is going on.
  • Properly stabilize a design.
  • And much more!!!

What Do I Get?

This course is made up of a series of units that are each designed to help you master specific digitizing concepts.  Most units contain written content, video training, and lessons.  You will be able to access the content from this site when logged in.  Also, you will receive access to download the workbook in PDF format that you can print yourself if desired.   

Here is a glimpse of what is included:

14+
Units

Each unit focuses on a specific stitch type, technique, or topic.

100+ Lessons & Assignments

Lessons and assignments are designed to help you master each stitch, technique, or topic.

19+ Hours Video Training

The videos accompany each lesson and will help you see what needs to be done for each stitch, technique, or topic.

115+ Page Workbook

The workbook explains the theory behind each stitch, technique, or topic.  This workbook is invaluable!

There is a separate handbook for the assignments that also contains a check list you can use as you complete your lessons and assignments.  It lets you know exactly what you should do and focus on. 

Who Created the Digitizing Masterclass?

Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is D.J. Anderson.  I have been digitizing for over 15 years.  I have owned my own commercial embroidery company that specialized in custom embroidery, custom applique, vinyl for shirts and signs, sublimation printing, and Direct-to-Garment printing.  For over a decade, I worked at RNK Distributing where I was able to work with the guru of digitizing and embroidery, Walter Floriani. 

Walter Floriani, a fifth-generation digitizer, is regarded by many as the most knowledgeable digitizer alive.  He has taught thousands of people about the digitizing process.  I was trained, mentored, and worked over 8 years side-by-side with Walter Floriani.  Walter graciously passed his knowledge and expertise about the rules of embroidery and digitizing theory to me.  During this time together, I wrote the highly successful digitizing book, titled “Digitizing Steps for Success.”  This book has sold thousands of copies and is regarded by many as the best book ever written on the digitizing and embroidery process.

While working with RNK Distributing and Walter Floriani, I was the Director of Floriani Software.  I was able to take what I learned and implement it directly into digitizing software.  Floriani Digitizing Software, like Floriani Total Control,  quickly became the best selling digitizing software in its market.  I introduced many revolutionary, never-before-seen features and tools to embroidery digitizing software.  I was the person behind Floriani digitizing and crafting software until the end of August, 2019.     

I also have a degree in secondary education.  I was fortunate enough to teach Digital Graphics and Animation at the high school level.  You will see what my experience and expertise bring to the table while working through this course.  It will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before with digitizing education.

Here's What Others Have To Say:

I was fortunate to have meet D.J. Anderson through social media after viewing some of his instructional videos he produced. D.J. stood out to me beyond the rest as his videos and instructions were so well structured, and the clarity in the way he conveyed his teaching, so smooth, not rushed, his style is unmatched. D.J. has taken my knowledge from a total novice in digitizing machine embroidery to a complete digitizer who would now be confident to hang my shingle and start charging for my work.

D.J. became my personal guru and mentor for over a year after meeting him in 2018 on the YouTube platform. He was always more than willing to answer all my questions and all he got in return was the knowledge that he was helping someone who wanted to learn this skill from the ground up and to pass on his love of digitizing.  He never gave up on me even though my questions came fast and in large volumes, he just kept on reinforcing my desire to learn and answered them all.

I have mentored a few in my time in the graphic arts industry over the years, and as the teacher I know how rewarding it is to share your knowledge of something you love and have dedicated your life to. That is what drives D.J. it’s to help, to help you be the best digitizer you can be, that’s his real reward.

Wayne Sinclair
Sinclair Graphics