Sunday, August 31, 2014

Your Embroidered Logo: Design Tips

Want to order embroidered visors? Unsure how much information can be included? Visors are limited to 1" high x 4.5" wide designs. One line of text works best but you can add a small image next to your text if your text isn't too long. Two lines of text are possible but that will limit the height of the text to less than .5". How can you get the most impact from a text-only design? Choose a memorable font and add thickness to the letters when appropriate.

Need a second embroidered logo added to your polo shirts? Don't want it to compete with your primary logo? Place it on a sleeve. If your main logo is embroidered in the left chest location, have the second logo embroidered on the right sleeve.




Monday, August 11, 2014

Your Embroidered Logo: Did You Know?

The fabric of many new 50/50 polo shirt styles is constructed from up to 5% recycled polyester made from plastic bottles?

Stain-release polos don't have to be expensive?  Budget-friendly stain-release polo shirts are now available.

Not all 100% cotton polos are created equally? Some cottons are very soft while other cottons have performance qualities such as being fade, shrink, wrinkle and pill resistant.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Plan to purchase custom embroidered polo shirts to advertise your new business?  Have your logo designed but you're unsure what colors to use? Choose a color or color combination that best represents your business and pick a shirt color that contrasts well with your logo colors. Resist the temptation to choose a shirt thats the same color as one of the colors in your logo unless your logo can still be easily seen against that background.

Want a variety of shirt colors? Decide on a "light" and "dark" version of your logo so one of the two versions works well on most shirt colors. Want to keep things really simple? Use a one color logo. "All white" logos are very popular now. Want to make a bigger statement? Use a bright aqua, yellowish green or another bright shade in bold lettering.

Want a different look for one color logos? Use tone-on-tone colors and pick a thread color that's close to the shirt color. This produces a subtle but classy appearance that works with any shirt color!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Your Embroidered Logo: Did You Know?

The Embroidery Set-up - one way to tell if a design is well digitized is to see how well it holds up after repeated laundering. A poorly digitized design can look good when first embroidered but look terrible after a few washings.

The Thread's Sheen - embroidery thread has a sheen that makes it look three dimensional. Embroidered designs can't duplicate all the effects seen in printed designs but they do create their own unique look.

Are All Cottons Equal?  No! Some people avoid 100% cotton shirts because they've worn a cheap cotton shirt that felt ruff. If you love cotton and want a soft-feeling.fabric look for a pima, Egyptian or ring-spun cotton.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Your Embroidered Logo: Trademark Symbols

Should you include the TM or circle R symbol in your embroidered logo if your logo is trademark protected? Its your choice but if it stays it may not look like it did in print.  It must be interpreted for embroidery like the rest of your logo.

What does this mean? Often a TM or circle R must be enlarged to embroider well and be readable. It may look too large on a printed proof but it won't draw as much focus when embroidered because it will consist of thin running stitches that have the same thickness as thread. What if you don't want to enlarge it? You may end up with an unreadable knot because embroidered text can't be downsized as much as printed text.  That option isn't necessarily bad.  It may work if you just want a suggestion of the symbol to let people know its there.

Sometimes the TM or circle R may be moved closer to whatever element of the design its closest too. This allows it to be connected to that element so it doesn't embroider as a separate item. Usually this "connected" location isn't noticed and allows the symbol to be embroidered directly after the other item which helps secure the stitches.

Does the color of the TM or circle R matter? Yes!  When these symbols are a dark thread color they tend to fade into the background while light thread colors are more noticeable. So, if you may decide to remove a symbol rather than have it draw too much attention because or its light color or size.

Unsure whether to keep the TM or circle R? Request to see a proof showing each option so you can pick what you prefer!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Your Embroidered Logo: Budget-Friendly Polo In Tall Sizes?

Looking for a budget-friendly polo available in tall sizes? Need an unusual color such as purple or gold? The KP55T (tall sizes) and KP55 (regular sizes) are custom embroidered polo shirts that meet your needs! These polos are made from a 50/50 jersey knit fabric - the T-shirt fabric you love, have a stain-release finish and come in 22 colors! Your taller employees will appreciate the fit and you'll love how good everyone looks!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Your Embroidered Logo: All About Hats


Want to purchase Custom Embroidered Hats to advertise your new business? Wondering about what style to get, the size and location of your logo and other details? Read on!

Are some hat styles better for some designs? Yes! If your logo is "tall" choose a hat with a high, structured front profile.  You can use an unconstructed, low profile style but your logo will be less readable.

How big can your logo be? Can it extend from the brim to the top? Hat designs are approximately 4" wide and 2"-2.25" high.  Some machines can embroider 2.5" high designs but the curvature of the hat will negatively impact the quality of the design.

How are full front hat designs embroidered?  Designs taller than 2.5" high are usually embroidered before the hat is assembled. Can bill designs be embroidered? Yes, but they must be embroidered before the hat is sewn together.

Can the sides and back of hats be embroidered? Yes, these locations can be embroidered with a small design or text such as a web URL or tag line.

Uncertain which style is right for you?  Spend time looking at different styles and discuss your needs with your embroiderer. They will know what styles are popular and most likely to work for you.