Printing vs Embroidery
When you are looking to purchase custom clothing for your business, charity, team or club, the biggest decision you will make will be whether to have your t-shirt (or other garment) printed or embroidered upon.
The traditional options were always between screen printing, or embroidery. And whilst newer, digital printing and direct to garment technologies have come to provide an alternative to screen printing, particularly for small runs of cotton clothing.
The other option, embroidery produces a premium, professional look that is often associated with quality. However, this quality comes at a cost, so it is more suited to smaller designs, usually a logo, and is often located on the left breast or sleeve. One compromise is that you could combine embroidery and printing together, for example a t-shirt with an embroidered logo of around 10cm square on the chest, and a larger text design screen printed on to the back.
What garment should I choose?
Embroidery works best on heavier garments, such as polo shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets and high quality heavy shirts and t-shirts. These will create a better finish and the embroidery will be able to have a better hold on the garment.
How does my design get stitched onto my clothing?
Once we receive it, your artwork (logo/design) will be converted through a process called digitisation, this allows the embroidery machines to understand what colour thread to use and where. The garment will then be setup on the machine and the embroidery process begins. Once complete, it’ll be inspected for loose threads and, if necessary, tidied up.
What are the benefits of embroidery?
Embroidery creates a premium look, that sets it apart from even the best screen prints. The raised textures of embroidery give it an extra dimension and are the sign of quality in custom clothing printing. Logos that are embroidered on t-shirts, shirts and polo shirts are great for workwear and uniforms as well as sports teams and university societies.
Embroidery is hard wearing, and will not crack or peel. Why else are embroidered sweatshirts used for school uniform?
Why should I choose A.M. Custom Clothing for my embroidered clothing?
With years of experience and the latest, state of the art equipment, A.M. Custom Clothing’s print team are able to provide you with the best quality embroidery and garments.
We have the UK’s only commercially available 100% Organic Fairtrade clothing, and all print methods available on the market. This means we are able to supply embroidered Fairtrade t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos and hoodies. Our dedicated team of account managers are available to provide help choosing the right garment, print method and assist with your artwork.