Can you make a QR code with machine embroidery?

By on February 15th, 2013
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Frankly, I think QR codes are pretty stupid. If you don’t know what they are, they are the black and white weird looking barcode squares that you see on everything from product packaging to advertisements. You use a QR code reader app to scan them. Once the app reads the QR code it delivers the user to the web site associated specified by the creator of the QR code.

There are a number of free resources out there that build the QR codes. One such site is: You simply go to the site, enter the URL you are trying to promote, then the site builds a QR code graphic that you can download and integrate into your package design, ad, whatever…

I thought that it would be interesting to create a machine embroidery design based on a QR code. You could wear your QR code on your shirt and be scanned and take users to your site. So I created the QR code on the QR stuff site then brought it into the digitizing software. I simply used the auto digitize feature to create the design. I then stitched it out using black thread on a white background.

So did it work. Um… no. But here’s what I think the problem might have been. 1) I think the QR code image was too low res to begin with. And 2) I might need to be more precise in specifying shapes in the digitizing process. Perhaps I will try again later.

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