EMBROIDERY IS NOT JUST YOUR GRANDMA’S FAVORITE HOBBY
These days custom embroidery has blossomed into a billion-dollar industry and is used for a variety of different mediums. This process is most common for hats, polos, jackets, bags, and other specialty items. Embroidery is the process of needle and thread. The selected image is stitched many times over to create your design, logo, or pattern on a garment that would otherwise be tricky for print.
There are things to consider when selecting embroidery as your decoration process. The “thread count” is a term used to determine the detail used for your image. The higher the thread count, the cleaner and more detailed the sew-out will be. Not every image will be applicable to the wholesale embroidery process. There are some images that are simply too detailed to sew. Gradients and color blends are impossible to sew out, so vector and solid body colors are necessary to use this process.
EMBROIDERY VS. PRINT
People often ask “ what is the difference between screen printing and custom embroidery “ Well generally speaking it is pretty obvious, but there are some major factors to consider when choosing the right process. Screen printing is the process of applying ink to a substrate by forcing it through a screen mesh. Embroidery is the process of thread, needle, and sewing to create your image or pattern. Although screen printing offers a crisp and soft feel, it cannot be applied to any and all garments. That’s where embroidery is commonly used. It is difficult to print on any material that is not a flat surface. So hats, bags, and jackets are generally embroidered.
There are some cool features with embroidery such as a “puff” which gives a raised feel to the thread. You can also use embroidery for special placements and garment embellishments. Screen printing on the other hand allows the ability to produce a high level of detail. Any grungy textures, shading, gradients, and textures are ideal for screen printing.
The cost difference varies and depends on the artwork, sizing, surface, and many other factors. So when thinking about which process will be best, just remember t-shirts are always optimal for screen printing whereas oddly shaped items or materials that do not lay flat are typically best for embroidery.
PRICING AND GENERAL INFORMATION
There are a few things that come into play when pricing a wholesale embroidery job. First off, the size and detail play a big role in determining embroidery costs. The more detail the higher the thread count. Therefore the process is longer and uses more material. We do have a minimum of 36 pieces. On occasion, we will consider “breaking the rules” and produce a smaller quantity, but it is dependent on your needs and our relationship. We typically make exceptions for existing customers or occasional samples/prototyping projects.
We understand the importance of samples and can offer this service given we all have an understanding of the time and cost involved for one-offs. We have a variety of different products to choose from and can help you source the exact items you need. With thousands of product options including sustainable and organic cotton, we are sure to lock down the exact vision and strive to exceed your expectations!