When it comes to choosing print or embroidery for your clothing, some methods will work better than others, and really make your workwear stand out...
What do we recommend?
Let's start by breaking down the main methods of decorating clothing...
Embroidery is a collection of tiny stitches put together to form text or a logo. A logo has to be digitised in order for the embroidery machines to correctly stitch a design, and this incurs a set-up cost. Embroidery is great for left chest sized logos, and is a very popular method of decorating formal clothing.
Vinyl print is created from rolls of coloured vinyl that is cut with a plotter, peeled out by hand and then pressed onto garments. Vinyl is great for small orders, with bright single colour text or simple logos. The process of heat-pressing the vinyl onto garments means it is not suitable for all fabrics.
The screen printing process involves ink that is squeezed through frames, and transfered onto garments. Screen print is perfect for large quantities with a repeated design, such as event t-shirts. It's worth noting that each colour of a design requires a separate screen, and incurs a set-up cost.
So what is best for each type of garment?
T-Shirts & Hi-Vis Vests
- Print is typically chosen for t-shirts, as designs can be made large and bold.
- T-shirts are usually made from lightweight fabric, and as a result would not work well with large areas of embroidery, as a high stitch-count can pull the fabric.
- A small, left chest embroidered logo is still an option that can look smart and consistent.
- Embroidery on the left chest is a classic look for polo shirts. A popular way to create consistent, smart uniform.
- Vinyl print may be a better option for a larger, back print on a polo shirt, as embroidery can be more uncomfortable and itchy across a large back area... But this often comes down to personal preference.
Hoodies & Jackets
- Sweatshirts and hoodies work well with both print and embroidery, due to the heavy, smooth fabric.
- Jackets and fleeces are better suited to embroidery, as the chemical coatings of jackets and textured surface of fleeces may be damaged by a heat-press.