Main advantages to Embroidery:
Embroidery is tough and durable. It can be used for garments that are washed frequently such as outdoor work wear or catering aprons etc. Any garment that need to be washed at higher temperatures. Your branding will be visible wash after wash.
Lower quantities with higher colour counts are available compared to screen printing. Embroidery only needs one setup for all the colours compared to screen printing which needs one screen for each colour within the design. As mentioned, digitisation is also a one-off charge unlike other decoration setups.
As well as being suitable for many different fabric types, garments and bags, embroidery has two main styles. Flat stitch or 3D (Puff), either can produce the desired finish to your design. The digitisers are able to arrange the stitches to produce certain textures or patterns, speciality threads (such as metallic) can also be used to add value. The only garments we would not recommend would be very thin T-shirts or vests.
Another advantage of embroidered products is that they are eye-catching. The bold, raised nature of the finish stands out on almost any fabric. It’s noticeable in a crowd compared to other designs that are simply flat on the fabric. If your goal is to bring recognition to your brand, then embroidery is a great option!
How do I decide between print and embroidery?
It can be tricky to decide between print and embroidery, if you’re not familiar with the processes. But ultimately it’s about what kind of finish you want. Embroidery looks very different to print as its thread that is slightly raised. It creates a professional finish that has more texture. Embroidery is best for small logos or designs with detail. It’s ideal for club crests, school logos or on certain garments such as fleece that cannot be printed. Embroidery is much better suited to this type of garment. We would also advise on using embroidery when personalising polo shirts or creating custom aprons.
But isn’t it expensive?
Large designs with high stitch counts do cost more. But for smaller crests and text with a lower number of stitches, embroidery can be a great option. After the initial digitisation costs are paid they are stored on file, meaning reorders are free to setup. You will only pay for the embroidery for future orders of the same design.
I’m not sure if embroidery is right for me.
We can advise you of the best decoration method based on your artwork and garment choice. We will never just allow you to place an order if the design or garment choice isn’t suitable. Any issues that we foresee will be discussed with you before an order is processed. No garment decoration order will commence until we have your approval via email.