Sunday, August 29, 2010

Embroidery Tips

Creating your own artwork? Need to name your file? Instead of giving your artwork file a general name such as "logo", "shirts" or "final" call it a specific name such as "Cape Atlantic Cleaning logo" so it can be easily identified.

Unsure what thread color(s) to use for your embroidered logo? Request embroidered samples using different colors. This is an especially helpful if you have PMS (Pantone Matching System) colors for your logo so you'll get the best color match!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Get an Accuate Printing Quote

How do you get an accurate screen printing quote? Know:

1. Type of item printed (nylon jacket, athletic shirts, pocket print, sleeve print?)

2. Quantity of items to be printed

3. Item a light or dark color?

4. Number of prints (designs) per item

5. Number of colors per design

6. Artwork printable? (at least 300 dpi - not clipart off the internet or a docx file!)

Remember that screenprinting pricing is usually based on the number of items printed, it costs more to print dark items, the number of colors in a design increases the cost and printing just one letter/word in a different location counts as another print.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Embroidery Tips

Have an usual custom embroidery project that needs special consideration? Want "multi-media" shirts with printing, embroidery and rhinestones? Need pants embroidered with full leg designs? Look for a decorator who specializes in the desired technique and leave extra time for projects that require additional set-up and running time.

Want a polo that's "different" for your embroidered business logo? Did you locate a designer polo that's perfect but the price tag doesn't fit your budget? Ask your embroiderer for a cheaper alternative!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Embroidered Shirt Tips

Are the cheapest embroidered shirts necessarily the best buy? There are lots of fairly inexpensive styles provided by well-known manufacturers that might have the lowest price tag but aren't necessarily the best buy. Often by the time you add embroidery to these shirts you've invested more into the embroidery then the shirt and you get shirts that don't last long. That's fine if the shirts are part of a promotional give-away but don't expect them to work for everyday wear. Instead, invest in a style that costs a few more dollars and you'll have a shirt that lasts. Not sure what style is a good buy? Ask your embroiderer!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Logo Embroidery Tips - Find Your Fit!

Not sure if a style works for you? Undecided about a shirt color? Uncertain what sizes to order for your group? Order samples to check out styles, colors and sizing. If you think you'll need a range of sizes you may be okay with ordering garments in alternate sizes. For example, order a M, XL and possibly a 3X (if needed) for men and S,L and possibly a 2X for women.