Published on Monday, May 23, 2016

Choosing the Right Size Embroidery Lettering for your Project

Get your fonts just right!

Machine embroidery lettering size guide

Don't compromise when it comes to quality

Wilcom is known as the world class leader in embroidery lettering. Hatch Embroidery allows hobbyists to take advantage of high quality professionally digitized fonts that are included with Hatch Embroidery Personalizer, Hatch Embroidery Composer and Hatch Embroidery Digitizer.


Different fonts have different parameters. Hatch Embroidery includes many “system fonts”. System fonts are professionally digitized fonts that have been individually digitized and programmed to work within the software program.  You also have TrueType Fonts (TTF) where Hatch Embroidery can automatically generate stitches based on the TTF artwork. All fonts will have specific parameters that need to be observed. Take a look at the chart of fonts included in your Hatch Embroidery software and their recommended maximum and minimum parameters. You can request to download this at the end of the article.

Uppercase and Lowercase

It is also important to keep in mind that the sizing of a font will differ depending on whether it’s written in upper or lowercase lettering. Lowercase lettering is approximately 70% of the height of uppercase lettering. Keep this in mind when ensuring that your lettering is contained in the parameters. Take a look at some of the examples using popular fonts below.

A few examples with popular fonts




Hatch Embroidery Comic machine embroidery font

Minimum: .4in/10mm Maximum: 2.0in/50mm



Edwardian Script


Hatch Embroidery Edwardian Script machine embroidery font

Minimum: .5in/12mm Maximum: 2.0in/50mm


Run Stitch (Block)


Hatch Embroidery Run Stitch (Block) machine embroidery font

Minimum: .2in/4mm Maximum: .25in/6mm



Hatch Embroidery Tahoma machine embroidery font

Minimum: .25in/6mm Maximum: 1.6in/40mm



Times New Roman


Hatch Embroidery Times New Roman machine embroidery font

Minimum: .25in/6mm Maximum: 1.6in/40mm




Hatch Embroidery Typewriter machine embroidery font

Minimum: .5in/13mm Maximum: 2.0in/50mm



Serif 1

Hatch Embroidery Serif 1 machine embroidery font

Minimum: .25in/6mm Maximum: 1.2in/30mm




Hatch Embroidery Verdana machine embroidery font

Minimum: .25in/6mm Maximum: 1.7in/44mm




Your hoop will also influence the size of your lettering directly simply because if your lettering does not fit your hoop, there’s no way you’re going to be able to embroider it onto your project. Some embroiderers have tried to overcome this problem by resizing their font. Keep in mind that some fonts distort when they are resized outside of range and your finished product may end up looking different to what you expect! To overcome this problem, always keep your hoop measurements in mind when formatting lettering in your software.  



When choosing lettering sizes for monogram fonts there are more specific guidelines. Many embroiderers who work with single lettered monograms usually use letters that are 1 or 4 inches. Stackable monograms are often measured at 3.5 or 4 inches. Spelling out names generally fall at 1, 1.5 and 2 inches. Of course these are only guidelines; the main thing to keep in mind for monogramming is that it needs to fit within the hoop.

Take a look at some of the specific sizes recommended for monogramming fonts… 


Fancy Monogram


Hatch Embroidery machine embroidery Fancy Monogram font

Minimum: 1.0in/25mm Maximum: 4.0in/100mm



Octagon Monogram


Hatch Embroidery machine embroidery Octagon Monogram font

Minimum: .7in/18mm Maximum: 4.0in/100mm



Point Monogram


Hatch Embroidery machine embroidery Print Monogram font

Minimum: .7in/18mm Maximum: 4.0in/100mm



Get Lettering Right the First Time

Choosing the right sized embroidery lettering is imperative to ensuring high quality designs. When your lettering gets too large or too small it can distort and the results may not be what you were hoping for. To get the right lettering size it is important to consider your font, whether the lettering is lowercase or uppercase and what type of, if any, monogramming you used.



Click here to download your guide to Hatch Embroidery fonts



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