Saturday, March 28, 2009

Embroidery Questions Answered:

The following are embroidery questions that we often receive:

Q: What is a sandwich bill hat?

A: A sandwich bill hat is a style that has a contrasting color on the edge of the brim. A popular use is to choose a hat with a sandwich brim color that is the same as a color in your logo. For example, if your business name is in white thread, if you pick a hat style with a white sandwich color then this will reinforce your business name and give you unique-looking custom embroidered hats.

Q: Can the embroidered logo I used for my polo shirts be used for hats?

A: Possibly. Generally speaking, designs for hats must be set-up differently then polo shirt designs although some shirt logos will sew well on hats. Also, hat designs have a 2" height restriction whereas logos designed for polo shirts may be "taller". In addition, due to the curved surface of hats, very small text won't embroider as well on hats.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Embroidered Polos: Add Your Web Address!

You need to order custom embroidered polo shirts. You'd like to add your web address because your site is fairly new and it could use more exposure. Locating the address on the front of the shirts would be great but there isn't enough room underneath your logo. What about embroidering it on the back of the polo?

A back design will work if its placed in the shoulder blade area. Unlike sweatshirts or jackets, polo shirt fabric doesn't have enough weight to support a large embroidered logo so you'll have to use a smaller design. It won't have the same effect as a full back logo but it will be readable when you are waiting in line during your daily travels. If the design is located four to five inches below the collar then the collar will help "frame" your embroidery so it doesn't look lost on the shirt. If that doesn't work for you, consider embroidering your web address on the back of hats.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Embroidery: Advertise Wherever You Go

Do you wear your embroidered logo wherever you go - the grocery store, the train, the bank? Any place where you'll be seen by a lot of people provides a great opportunity to spread the word about your business by wearing custom embroidered hats and jackets. As I write I'm standing in a grocery line (#70 is up and I'm #9) so I have plenty of time to see what everyone is wearing. Someone has a Harley Davidson jacket on and another man is advertising a local construction business. Me? -My cart is filled with reusable grocery bags embroidered with my logo. But what about everyone else? In this resort community where everyone either owns a business or knows someone who does why would anyone miss this chance to advertise? So you're off to Home Depot. Are you wearing your logo or will you miss an excellent opportunity to advertise your business?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Embroidery Set-Up - Correct Size?

You've ordered custom embroidered organic polo shirts. Your embroiderer emailed your embroidery set-up for your approval. You're looking at your set-up and wondering about the size. Why does your embroidery look so big? If you are viewing a file that doesn't include a size reference scale then you don't know the actual size of the embroidery. You need to ask for your logo's measurements. Once you have the dimensions, transfer these to a piece of paper and use that to judge the size. Keep in mind that embroidered logos should be readable from a three foot distance. If you're still not sure of the size, ask you embroiderer to send an embroidered sample. This may delay your order but you'll be confident that your logo is the correct size.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Embroidered Jackets: What Type?

Need to order custom embroidered jackets for your group? Don't know what style to pick? Here are some questions that will help you choose the best jacket:

1. Who? Who will wear the jackets; salesmen, truck drivers? Should your jackets be sharp-looking, fitted or heavy-duty?

2. Sizes? Do you need men's and ladies sizes? Extended or tall sizes?

3. Heaviness? How heavy should they be? Winter-weight (are we talking Maine or Virginia?) or would you prefer a light jacket or rain slicker?

4. Color? Need an unusual color? Most jackets are available in black and navy but if you need medium green, red or something less common speak up.

5. Special Features? Need extra pockets, 3-in-1 characteristics, a hood, contrasting trim? This will narrow your options but you may find the perfect match!