Friday, September 28, 2007

What about Cost?

Okay, you’ve decided that the T shirts you want to use have enough “weight” for embroidery, your logo design isn’t too stitch intensive and embroidery will give you the right “look”. What about cost? Embroidery will be a lot more expensive, right? Not necessarily. If you only need a small number of T’s – say 24, and there are a few colors in your logo, then embroidery may be very cost effective.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Screen Printing Vs. Embroidery - Get The Right Look!

Sometimes screen printing is the prefered decoration method over embroidery because it creates the right look. A logo that looks great printed in a distressed style cannot be recreated in the same way with embroidery but you can create a different type of distressed look with embroidery. Screen printing can reproduce fine details such as small stylized fonts; outlining and color gradations. In embroidery, small fonts many need to be increased in size or converted to a block font, outlining may need to be eliminated and color gradations may be possible if there is enough room to make them work.

More on the way...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Can My Logo Be Embroidered On a T?

One of the common questions we get is “Can my logo be embroidered on a T-shirt?” The simple answer is, it depends on the logo, some designs work, others don’t. During the process of embroidery many holes are put into a garment. A garment needs to have a certain fabric weight to support a lot of stitches. Most T shirts can be embroidered with a left chest (heart size) logo unless the design is very stitch intensive but I wouldn’t recommend doing a larger design.

More considerations to come!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Thread Width - All the Same?

Is all embroidery thread the same width? No. Most applications require the same thread weight but sometimes its preferable use thicker thread. An example would be an embroidery design on a leather jacket. In order to avoid punching too many holes while embroidering and thus cutting the design out from the jacket, a heavier weight thread can be used so that proper thread coverage is maintained without putting too many holes in the leather. Some applications such as tiny lettering can require thinner thread to create crisp, clean letters. Using the right thread type can really make the difference for special projects!