P R I N T I N G    &    E M B R O I D E R Y

There are numerous reasons why you might want to customise clothing. You might want to advertise your business logo and details on workwear, you might want your sports teams badge on the chest of your playing kit or you might want those silly slogans and names on the back of your hen and stag do t-shirts! 

 

There are normally two main options for customising garments with your own design and logo - printing and embroidery...but which is best for you?

Below are a few pros and cons of embroidery and printing to hopefully help you with picking which option is best for you.

E M B R O I D E R Y

Pros

  • Durable - designs are stitched straight into the material so should last the lifetime of the garment

  • Almost all materials can be embroidered - heavy materials (e.g fleeces) are specifically suited for embroidery and not an option for printing

  • Number of colours - unlike printing, the amount of colours in a design does not effect the cost of the set-ups or individual embroidery

  • Appearance - when embroidery is done correctly, there is nothing that looks smarter and more professional than an embroidered logo

Cons

  • More expensive - individual embroidered logos and the set-ups are based on stitch counts which can be costly, especially with bigger designs

  • Small detail - small text can be unrecognisable if less than 8mm

  • Visual effects and shading -  the rigid design technique of the needle and thread will not be able to achieve shading or fading effects in designs

P R I N T I N G

Pros

  • Less expensive - transferred designs are not always based on the amount of colours in a design unless logos are screen printed

  • Larger designs - printing isn't based on stitches so it is perfect and less expensive for larger logos and designs are perfect 

  • Sharper finish - when it comes to intricate and gradient logos, printing can achieve this effect unlike embroidery

Cons

  • Less durable - printing will start to fade, crack and peel with wear and tear of the garments

  • Less professional finish - for garments such as polo shirts and shirts, embroidery can achieve a smarter and professional finish

  • Not suitable for all materials - fleeces cannot be printed

Alternatively, our helpful and knowledgeable staff, with over 17 years experience, can help you choose which form of customisation is best for you. Get in touch today for your FREE quote!

Tel:  0115 9842005    |    Email: sales@emsd.co.uk

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