Everything You Need to Know about Ordering a Custom Embroidered Garment
Eventually there will come a time when you want to put your logo on some high-quality apparel. Whether it’s for the high school golf team, end-of-the-year presents for your staff, or work uniforms, that time will come. Heck, that time may have already come and that’s why you’ve found your way to this blog post.
While ordering an embroidered garment is just as easy as ordering some screen printed t-shirts, there is a different process involved in getting your logo onto your apparel.
Let’s go over the most frequently asked questions we get about embroidery.
Which promo items can I have embroidered?
In general you can embroider hats, jackets, polo shirts, backpacks, padfolios, coolers, towels, tote bags, and blankets. For a full list of items, go our homepage and search “embroidery.”
What is the benefit of having my item embroidered instead of screen printed?
There are pros and cons to both embroidered and screen printed items.
Embroidered items can cost a little more, but their perceived value is much higher. The imprint will also last a lot longer since the embroidery won’t fade away with the passing of years and tons of washes.
You should also consider the fact that an embroidered logo literally stands out from your item. Screen printing sets a very fine layer of ink to your product; embroidery has more mass to it so it will rest slightly higher than your item.
Also the majority of embroidered items allow for you to have multiple colors without having to pay extra. The allowance of extra colors makes embroidery ideal for schools and organizations who have a multi-color logo and don’t want to simplify their color palate.
Pro tip: if you’re looking at a fuzzy and/or fleece item, it’s better to go with an embroidered imprint. Due to the uneven nature of fleece, screen printed logos have the tendency to crack or flake off.
What kind of artwork do I need?
You’re in luck! While most promotional products distributors like Quality Logo Products generally need vector artwork to process your order, this is not the case with embroidery. While we strongly encourage using vector artwork, any high-quality image file will work. This is because all of the images are digitized and then programmed into the embroidery machine.
If you do chose to use raster artwork (.jpeg, .gif, etc.), do make sure that the image is a little bigger than the area you’re going to have embroidered. The clearer the image, the better quality of embroidery.
Unsure if your image is good enough? Then using vectored artwork will ensure that your logo looks clear and crisp on your final product.
What is digitizing?
Digitizing is the act of taking your artwork and turning it into a digital file that the embroidery machines can read. Once that digital file is uploaded, the embroidery machines can stitch out your logo onto your garments. Digitizing lets the factory know exactly how many stitches it will take to recreate your logo.
Who does the digitizing?
Different factories have different policies and fees for digitizing artwork. Quality Logo Products also has their own artwork services that can digitize your logo or design. Depending on the garment you want embroidered, our reps will work with you to make sure that you get the best bang for your buck.
What is stitch count?
Stitch count is how many stitches it will take to replicate your logo or design on your item. Surprisingly, it takes a lot of stitches to recreate a logo on a garment. The included stitches are determined by the factory.
It is always possible to get more stitches on your garments if your logo needs them. Just keep in mind that the more stitches required to finish a garment (over the amount included in your base price), the more expensive your item will be.
How is the stitch count of my logo determined?
Don’t worry, you will know how many stitches you need before your product goes into production!
Once QLP has your artwork we obtain a stitch count estimate so you get the most accurate pricing.
If you would like to estimate your stitch count before sending in your logo, take a look at this chart:
To estimate a stitch count, hold up what you are considering having embroidered up against this chart. As you can see, there are 16 larger squares with 16 smaller squares inside of each larger square. For every large square your item/logo covers, you can estimate that it will be at least 2,000 stitches. For every small square you can estimate that it will be 125 stitches.
So for example, if your logo covers four large squares you can estimate that it will take 8,000 stitches to completely recreate your logo on an item. So if the item you have your eye on only includes 7,000 stitches in the setup, you may have to pay a little more to get all 8,000.
However, remember that this is simply an estimate. Quality Logo Products will double check your stitch count with the factory so you get the most accurate pricing before you commit to buying.
What thread colors can I use?
You have a very large selection of colors to choose from. A good place to start is over here in the Embroidery Thread Color Chart. However, this list does not reflect every single color at our factories’ disposal. There is another way to find the thread colors on particular items.
Say you’re interested in the Grinnell Lightweight Jacket. Scroll down past the pricing and click on the tab labeled “Decoration Options.” The available thread colors are linked at the bottom.
Click “View Colors” and a menu will pop up with all of your choices.
As you can see, there are a ton of embroidery colors as options. On this one single item you have over 800 thread colors to choose from! That will make matching the colors of your company logo extremely easy.
Please note: As you are looking at these colors on a computer monitor, you will not see the exact color. However, the colors will be extremely similar.
Can I use multiple thread colors on my items?
Absolutely! We know that the majority of company logos and eye-catching designs have more than one color in them. Since embroidered imprints are programmed into a machine and don’t require any kind of screens, it’s easy to switch from one color of thread to another.
To see if the item you want allows multiple colors, you just have to check the “Decoration Options” tab. Check out the “Max # of Colors” and the “Additional Color Run Charge” sections to see if that item allows multiple colors.
For example, here is the Decoration Options tab for the Sweatshirt Blanket:
On this item we have a maximum number of 7 colors and there is no extra charge to use up to 7 colors. If you want more than 7 colors on this item, you will have to pay a small fee for more colors.
Please note: 7 colors is not the limit on every garment. Check the item you’re interested in for an accurate color count.
Can I have garments embroidered in more than one location?
Of course – as long as there is an option for that.
If we return to the Grinnell Jacket, you will see that there are 7 different locations for embroidering a logo or design.
However, as with all promotional items, if you add another location to your product, you are going to have to pay more. Another location means that we will need to create a second digitized file and that the factory will have to send the shirts through the production line again.
That means another setup charge AND additional location run charges for your order. It’s worth it if you’re committed to your design, but those fees can add up!
What can I do to make sure my item looks fantastic?
The Quality Logo Products customer service team highly recommends using a simple logo. Not only will it have the clearest embroidery, but it may keep your stitch count down.
Also make sure that your artwork is larger than it would actually appear on your garment. For example, if you are including text in your design, most factories prefer the font size to be at or above 20pt. This will help make sure that your logo is clean and crisp.
How quickly can I get my items?
The production time on embroidered items varies based on the factory. Many blankets and shirts can take up to seven days for production.
But like a lot of the items we offer at Quality Logo Products, rush production is available on many of our jackets, coats, and other garments. So if you start your order on Monday, it is possible to have them in your hands by Friday.
However, we do advise that you allow yourself extra time when placing an embroidery order. Because of the digitizing process there is more back and forth between you and the customer service team than on a standard screen printing order. Better to give yourself an extra day or so to make sure that everything goes smoothly!
As always, Quality Logo Products wants to make sure that you have the best-looking custom apparel possible. So if you have any questions or need any specifics on an item, you can contact our knowledgeable reps by phone (1-866-312-5646), by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or via our live chat.
Do you have any other questions about embroidery? Leave them in the comments section and I will make sure to get you an answer!
**Please note that website images are screenshots. Prices pictured in this blog post may not reflect current costs. Prices and fees are subject to change at any time and without warning.