Saturday, July 25, 2009

Embroidery Questions Answered: Design Placement

Occasionally during the process of obtaining an order a customer will email a mock-up showing the correct placement for an embroidered design. That's useful for illustrating unusual placements such as the lower front of a polo but isn't necessary for standard locations such as left chest. Although some design programs include a shirt template that can be used to show design location, it serves as a general guide that doesn't account for the variances in different styles, sizes and whether the shirt is for a man or woman. To accommodate for these variables embroiderers use a hooping station that provides consistent placement for different sizes and styles.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Embroidery Questions: Choosing Stock Designs

Need to find a stock embroidered design? Its easy to locate many types of designs but how do you know if the design's size is suited for a left chest shirt location?

The optimum left chest embroidered design is 2.5" to 3.5" wide. It can be up to 4 inches if its narrow or has small detail. Stock designs range from less than one inch to full jacket back size. If the design is for the front of a polo or button down shirt its best choose something that is 2" to 4" wide/high. If text is to be added you'll need to leave room for it. Also keep in mind who will wear the shirts. If the design is for children or young adults a large design may be overwhelming.