Saturday, August 19, 2017

Your Embroidered Logo: Match Colors?

Do the thread colors in an embroidered design always match the artwork? Not necessarily.

Thread colors are usually matched to the artwork but there are exceptions. Sometimes an embroidered design looks best when it's a representation of the artwork rather than a duplication of it. If the printed image contains fine detail that detail may need to be simplified so the design works for embroidery. For example, consider a realistic image of a fish. The fish may have many areas of different colors that must be simplified to work for embroidery. In the process, slightly different thread colors may be needed to create an embroidered design that best represents the printed artwork and looks best on your custom embroidered polo shirts!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Your Embroidered Logo: Add Border?

Want your embroidered logo text outlined with a thin white border so it will "pop" against a black shirt? Having a border may look good in print but how will it look when its embroidered?

Often there isn't enough room to add a satin (traditional stitch type) border without overlapping another element in the design. Satin stitches have a minimum width that is wider than many printed borders so that can make adding a border difficult.

Sometimes a running stitch (stitch with a hand sewn look) is used. Using running stitches will create a thinner border but running stitches can look messy if they are slightly misplaced which can happen easily during the embroidery process. Also, running stitches can draw attention to themselves because of their broken look (they consist of many short "lines" or stitches) that differs from a solid printed line.

Instead of adding a border often the best option is to change the text color to a lighter thread color that contrasts well against a dark shirt. Then your logo will look clean, your text will standout and your custom embroidered polo shirts will look great!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Your Embroidered Logo: Cheap Shirts But...

You want to order custom embroidered polo shirts with your logo. You have a strict budget so you choose the cheapest embroiderer and place an order. Your order arrives quickly but the embroidery looks terrible! The colors are wrong, your logo is too big and the fonts have been changed. Plus, the shirts look cheap!

After being laundered a few times the shirts have shrunk and the threads in your logo are starting to pull out. You saved a few bucks but now you're wondering if these shirts were worth it.  Their poor quality reflects badly on your company image. What should you have done differently? Invest in a better quality shirt embroidered by a quality-conscious embroiderer.

Buying the cheapest embroidered shirts isn't necessarily the most economical option. Purchasing a quality shirt that fits well, maintains its appearance and is embroidered with a quality logo will help give your business a good image that reflects the quality of the products and services you provide.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Your Embroidered Logo: PMS Shirt Colors?

Need to find custom embroidered polo shirts in a certain PMS color? Your boss asked you to find polo shirts in a certain PMS (Pantone matching system) color. Is that possible?

Yes, but it's usually not practical.  If you want a large quantity of shirts you could have them manufactured overseas but you'll need to meet high minimums and have enough time to wait for your order. Ready-to-wear shirts can be purchased in some PMS colors but many fabrics can fade or bleed depending on how they are worn and laundered so the original shirt color may vary after some usage.

If your company is particular about maintaining PMS colors then your best option is to have your logo embroidered in PMS matching thread colors on a white or black shirt. If polyester thread (a common type of thread) is used then your logo should maintain its colors.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Your Embroidered Logo: Add Text?

It's your companies' 25th anniversary. You're having a big celebration and your boss wants you to order custom embroidered polo shirts to distribute. You have an existing logo but she wants to add "25th Anniversary" and the date. Is that possible?

It depends on the size of your existing logo. Left chest logos are usually 2.5" - 4" wide. If your logo already occupies most of this space then you won't be able to add more text. Most likely you can't decrease the size of your logo to gain extra room because that would make it unreadable. What are your options?

You can have a new logo designed for your anniversary celebration. If your current logo is outdated this may be a good choice if you have plenty of time. But, designing a logo can be a lengthy process so that may not work for you. Another option is to add just text in another location. This text can be embroidered on the right chest, a sleeve or possibly on the collar. You'll pay slightly more per shirt for the additional embroidery location but you should get your embroidered shirts quickly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Your Embroidered Logo: A Shirt For Everyone?

Need to order custom embroidered polo shirts for your group? Jarred wants a tall size, Kaitlin prefers a 3/4 length sleeve, Jim needs a pocket, Jessica loves a shirt that can be worn untucked....

Is there a style that will work for everyone? Ask your embroiderer for suggestions.  Many apparel vendors offer their most popular shirts in a variety of companion styles so you should be able to accommodate everyone.  If one of these shirts doesn't work then consider using different styles for the men and women or offering an additional button down shirt option so everyone is comfortable.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Your Embroidered Logo: Best Print Type?

Need another option in addition to custom embroidered polo shirts for the summer?  Want to order T's with a multi-color design? Wondering which decoration method is best?  Screen printing, direct garment printing, heat transfer?

First, how many shirts do you need? If its a small quantity then direct garment printing or a heat transfer print may be your best option especially if there are multiple colors in your design. If your design has 2-3 colors, screen printing may be an option if you can find a printer who will print a small quantity.

If you need a large quantity and your design has only a few colors then screen printing may be your best option. But, if your design has lots of colors or color gradations then four-color process may be the most cost effective.

What if the shirts are white and made from 100% polyester? Sublimation printing can be considered.  What if you really like the look of embroidery? Embroidery will work if its a left chest sized design but a larger design will have too many stitches to be supported by T-shirt fabric.