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Your not interested in learning how to embroider, you just want to know if it's the best process. Start Here for a quick explanation.
Have a smaller quantity, or an elaborate design? DTG (Direct To Garment) printing may be a better option. What is it? Click Here to find out.
Ok, I know what I want, I am ready to get started. What do you need me to do?
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I just want pricing, not a detailed explanation of all the screen print process. How do I go about getting that? The best thing to do is email the logo and we can let you know a cost for digitizing, as well as the cost to embroider before starting the order. You can send the logo directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you already have a logo, the first step is to get it digitized. Digitizing is a process of converting the logo into stitches. This typically requires a One Time Setup Fee. Best thing to do is email the logo and we can let you know a cost for digitizing, as well as the cost to embroider before starting the order. You can send the logo directly to email@example.com
I know what I want to print, now I need help finding out what to put it on.
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Embroidery is a process of stitching a logo or design directly to a garment. This method is best for Polos, Jackets, Blankets, Caps, etc. If designs or logos are simple and intended for large quantities of orders, then screen printing may be a better option. Click Here for a detailed explanation of Embroidery vs Screen Printing.
Embroidery and screen printing are the main two methods for adding logos to clothing and apparel.
With embroidery, the logo is reproduced by stitching threads directly into fabric. The actual stitching process is fully automatic and performed by computerised embroidery machines. Most commercial embroidery machines have 12 or more sewing heads with up to 15 needles per head. This means that 12 items can be embroidered simultaneously and the logo can use up to 15 thread colours. The first process is to make a program for your logo. This is called digitising. The end result is a program or logo file that can be uploaded to the embroidery machine and instructs the machine what to stitch. The garments are manually “hooped” and loaded onto the machine by the machine operator.
With screen printing, your logo is reproduced by squeezing inks through mesh screens directly onto your garments. A separate mesh screen is required for each colour in your logo so designs with many colours cost more than simple one colour designs. Just like embroidery, the screen printing process has been partly automated but garments are individually loaded and unloaded by the operator. Once printed each garment travels through a tunnel dryer which cures or sets the print.
When you are considering what decoration method to use for your garments you will probably be interested in two main things.
1. Which method is cheaper?
2. Which method is better?
Well … just read on to find out.
Often the first thing we are asked is “which method is cheaper? The answer depends on the complexity of the logo and the quantity of garments. In general, embroidery is cheaper for pocket size logos, particularly for smaller quantities (less than 100 garments) and for logos that have several colours.
The set-up cost for most embroidered logos is a flat fee and doesn’t vary based on the number of colours in your logo. The set-up cost for screen printing is colour dependent – a new mesh screen is required for each colour in your logo. And when screen printing logos onto coloured t-shirts, a “base print” is required – think of it as an undercoat – so for example, a white print on a black t-shirt requires 2 screens. Since the set-up cost for a typical embroidered logo is about the same as the cost for a single screen, embroidery is generally cheaper to set-up.
Exceptions are large logos because they can take tens of thousands of stitches to create. They take a lot more machine time and use more thread so that makes it a lot more expensive. Screen printing large designs and logos is cheaper.
The cost scenario changes for large quantities too. The set-up costs for screen printing become incidental and printing costs become inexpensive.
Another thing to keep in mind is whether you anticipate repeat orders for the same garments. We don’t charge any set-ups for repeat embroidery jobs but we do charge reduced set-ups for repeat screen printing jobs because we have to remake the screens.
Putting aside cost, which method will give you the best result? The answer to this question depends on the garments being decorated.
For business shirts and polo shirts embroidery is generally the best choice. Embroidery on these items is perceived as more prestigious. Embroidery is generally best for caps and outerwear too. An exception to the rule are polo shirts, typically for tradies, where a large logo is required on the back of the shirts – screen printing can be a better solution for this.
For t-shirts and lightweight garments, screen printing is the best choice. Embroidery is often too “heavy” for t-shirts and you may notice “puckering” around the logo because the stitching creates tension. Screen printing has a “softer handle” than embroidery so is much better for large logos and designs. And this suits t-shirts because they have a large decoration area on both the front and back.
5-7K Stitches: $40 (Reg. $80) - $60 (Reg $100) 7-10K Stitches: $80 (Reg. $120) - $100 (Reg $150)10-15K Stitches: $120 (Reg. $180) - $150 (Reg $200)15K + Stitches: Call (513-863-6329) or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Quote
Embroidery on Purchased Items
5-7K Stitches: $5 - $8 on top of listed price of garment. 7-10K Stitches: $8 - $12 on top of listed price of garment.10-15K Stitches: $12 - $15 on top of listed price of garment.15K + Stitches: Call (513-863-6329) or Email (email@example.com) for a more accurate Quote
5-7K Stitches: $20 each for Flex Fit Hats / $15 each for Adjustable Hats 7-10K Stitches: $20 each for Flex Fit Hats / $15 each for Adjustable Hats10-15K Stitches: Call (513-863-6329) or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Quote
Embroidery on Supplied Items
5-7K Stitches: $12 - $15 on top of listed price of garment. 7-10K Stitches: $15 - $20 on top of listed price of garment.10-15K Stitches: $20 - $30 on top of listed price of garment.15K + Stitches: Call (513-863-6329) or Email (email@example.com) for a more accurate Quote
How can I tell how many stiches I have?
Example: Imagine if your logo is 1" x 3", that would be 3 - 1" blocks (6,000 Stitches).
If your logo is only about 50% full in that area, figure about 3,000 stitches.