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Embroidery brings sophistication and personality to every piece of apparel. At Northwest Custom Apparel, we’re not just stitching logos on Carhartt hoodies – we’re weaving stories. Our state-of-the-art machines ensure that every detail stands out. Experience the difference quality craftsmanship can make to your business attire. Discover how we can turn a simple garment into representing your business’s spirit. Click here to see our impressive array of custom embroidery options. Embroidery – it’s not just an art; it’s a statement. So, get the best custom embroidery Seattle.

Imagine a shirt that speaks volumes about your business. A shirt that combines creativity, personality, and quality in every thread. Whether it’s a tie-dye marvel proclaiming your company’s unity or a custom safety hoodie safeguarding your team on the construction site – we’ve got it all! Northwest Custom Apparel’s Direct to Garment printing technology allows unlimited colors, stunning photo-realistic prints, and unique personalization. Make your business stand out in every detail. Ready to transform a simple shirt into a walking billboard? Click here to begin your journey to quality custom printed apparel.

Brands Offered

We can help you with Custom Embroidery,
DTG, Screen Printing and Safety Shirts....

Since 1977 we have been the top choice for businesses looking to add a personal touch to their corporate wear.
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Our experienced team works with each client to ensure their embroidered piece is what they envisioned.
In-House Embroidery & Shirt Printing
Save time and money by taking advantage of factory-direct bulk order discounts.

About Us

We started as Northwest Embroidery back in 1977 by Jim Mickelson almost by accident. At the time, Jim was traveling from Washington to Alaska every other week to work as an administration manager for the Alaska Pipeline when came up with the idea to sell embroidered caps to fellow pipeline employees. Originally he sewed all the patches onto the caps himself while back home in Washington.

When his trial run of 300 sold out in three days, he knew he was on to something.” he says. “I had all this room on the plane, so I filled it with hats. I just kept hauling hats up there and selling them until I started making more money selling hats than working for Atlantic Richfield.

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Keith Schembs
Keith Schembs
Thomas Hood
Thomas Hood
Very friendly, great service!
Emily Westman
Emily Westman
Great to work with. Great communication, process, and product.
Britaini Parris
Britaini Parris
We have used NWCA since we opened in 2017 and they are always very responsive and fairly accurate. Any time we have had an issue they always took care of us right away.
Been doing business with these guys for years. Great company! They’ll do whatever it takes to get our orders done on time and for a very fair price. Thank you all!
NW Custom Apparel is always our go to for our company needs. They are always so friendly and have such a quick turn around.
loretta rhode
loretta rhode
Always great! Super fast service! High quality apparel! Great customer service!!!
Pamela (wolfie)
Pamela (wolfie)
Northwest Custom Apparel is such a warm hearted company that makes not only awesome designs and logos on various apparel & accessories for companies & fund raisers all over the communities. It's been such a pleasure seeing and chatting with a few of the employees. Always smiling and friendly. Great people and warm work environment.
Katie Collins
Katie Collins
NW Custom Apparel has the best customer service. I've been working with them for years and every person there is absolutely amazing and their quality of products can't be beat. They are quick and efficient and are always so helpful with anything I've needed. They really are the best in the business.
Paul Macy
Paul Macy
NW Custom Apparel is the best, finished products are always excellent, orders are ready fast. Customer service is exceptional, Nika always comes through!
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Antonio Massey

Production Team: Folder

Antonio Massey recently joined NWCA in June of 2022. His role on the Production Team has greatly improved our processes and productivity. Antonio is always willing to lift heavy boxes or help his co-workers during busy times. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dog and mastering video games.


Alicia Wada

Shipping Clerk

Alicia Wada is passionate about helping her co-workers at Northwest Custom Apparel in any way that she can. She works in our Shipping and Logistics department. Alicia, who goes by Ali, has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. She lived in Japan for ten years and recently brought her family to America in 2019. She is interested in learning crafts and textile art from around the world.


Erik Mickelson


Erik Mickelson’s position as Manager is more than a job, it’s a passion. It’s always fun and exciting because he enjoys marketing, computers, and coming up with innovative ideas to help NWCA grow. He majored in accounting and finance at Washington State University, graduating in 1996, and returned to school to obtain his Master of Business from WGU, graduating in 2016. Erik continually strives to advance his education through podcasts, audiobooks, and industry tradeshows. He is married to a remarkable and caring wife named Wendy, a Registered Nurse, with whom he shares his many hobbies and a love for the outdoors.



Ruth Nhoung

Production Manager

Ruth Nhoung is our Production Manager and Northwest Custom Apparel is lucky to have her. Thanks to her vast knowledge of machine embroidery and dedication to creating a comfortable and supportive work environment, the production plant runs smoothly and customers are pleased with our work. She is a loving mother and grandmother and enjoys spending quality time with her siblings. She says, “I love everything about Northwest Custom Apparel: the people, the atmosphere, the work, and the customers. I love what I do and I embrace all of NWCA’s core values”.


Steve Deland

Art Director

Steve Deland has been our amazing Artist since 2017. He loves working at Northwest Custom Apparel because he appreciates the goal-oriented, progressive-thinking management style. He is most passionate about his art, which includes scroll saw woodwork, and his five grandchildren.



Taylar Hanson


Taylar Hanson is a highly acclaimed Saleswoman at Northwest Custom Apparel. She has a BA in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles from Washington State University. “Go Cougs!” The best part of Taylar’s job is getting to work with longtime customers who trust us to do the best work and take care of their needs. She is passionate about appreciating nature, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Nika Lao


Nika Lao is very knowledgeable in how the business is ran because she began as an Embroidery Machine Operator and has worked hard to become the excellent and personable saleswoman she is today. She enjoys the stress-free environment and the many chances to connect with her co-workers over potlucks, BBQs, and bowling parties. Nika is a proud sister of two highly successful brothers and can boast mastering three languages herself: Khmer, Thai, and English. She is an avid camper, enjoys going to farmer markets, and loves cooking.


Bradley Wright


Bradley Wright has been a vital team member of NWCA since 2017. As our accountant and knower-of-all-things, Bradley is proud to work closely with his wonderful colleagues. He studied at the University of Washington. These days he dedicates his free time to his new house.


Dominic Nguyen

DTG Operator

Dominic Nguyen recently joined our Direct-To-Garment department. He says he loves the family work environment at Northwest Custom Apparel. In his free time, Dom likes to listen to music, hangout with friends, and play video games. He comes from a very big family which can be very chaotic at times, but is always exciting.


Sothea Tann

Production Team: Trimmer

Sothea Tann recently joined the Production Team in 2022. She finds Northwest Custom Apparel to be a good working environment with helpful and friendly staff. In her free time, Sothea spends quality time with her family and, overall, focuses on a peaceful and happy lifestyle.


Brian Beardsley

DTG Supervisor

Brian Beardsley has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. He is our DTG Supervisor. Brian loves that he gets to work with high-tech machines in a fun atmosphere. He has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. He said, “I always wanted to create visually interesting assets in a variety of mediums”. In his free time, he enjoys building and painting models, playing video games, designing, and playing his guitar.


UT Tri Tran

Embroidery Machine Operator

UT Tri Tran loves Northwest Custom Apparel so much that, although she has already retired after a long career in machine embroidery operations, she is happy to return part time. She says, “I love the family style work environment and how everyone shares food, laughter, and fun on a regular basis.” In her free time she is dedicated to living a healthy and peaceful lifestyle with her friends and family.



Embroidery Machine Operator

BunsereytheavyHoeu, who goes by Theavy, won our Operator of the Year in 2021. She takes on many roles in the production team. She says, “These are not my co-workers, these are my family! I cherish all the memories we make together”. When she goes home to be with her family, she makes the most of her time with them by holding family get-togethers and even karaoke competitions.


Sreynai Meang

Embroidery Machine Operator

SreynaiMeang is a hard-working Machine Operator. She is most passionate about helping people. Sreynai, who goes by Nai, likes to exercise in her free time and talk with her family in Cambodia.


Kanha Chhorn

Embroidery Machine Operator

Kanha Chhorn has been an Embroidery Operator with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. She is delightful and always makes everyone smile and laugh. Kanha takes on additional tasks that allow us to exceed our customers’ expectations. In her free time, she can be found at her local temple or spending quality time with her family and friends.


Savy Som

Embroidery Machine Operator

SavySom is one of our Machine Operators who is passionate about embroidery and sewing. She enjoys working at NWCA because of its flexibility. She has two teenage sons and loves spending time with her family on the weekends.



Embroidery Machine Operator

SorphornSorm has been a Machine Operator since 2011. One of her four sisters works here as well. Her other relatives are in Cambodia. In her free time, Sorphorn studies English, listens to music, and enjoys exercising.


Jim Mickelson


Jim Mickelson, after a successful career with a major oil company, founded Northwest Embroidery in 1977. This was the first commercial embroidery in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Jim has become the guru of embroidery never refusing to answer a question or offer advice to his fellow embroiders. Jim and his wife Leeanna raised four wonderful children who went on to successful business careers.