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Embroidery: Its method and how does it works


History of Embroidery

Embroidery has been around for thousands of years, some of its earlier forms date back to the Warring States period in Ancient China (5th-3rd Century BC). Since then the decorating technique has gone through many different hands, from royalty, going through craft enthusiasts, to computers.

EmbroideryDue to its smooth and professional finish, embroidery services is a preferred method for reproducing logos on custom t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and hats. On top of that, it is also very durable and washes well, making it great for smart corporate clothing.

How does embroidery work?

When you order embroidered clothing it will be done by an embroidery machine which will stitch the logo or slogan onto the item. Don’t be confused, this is not an ordinary sewing machine. Computerized embroidery machines vary in complexity, some may have just one needle while the industrial ones may have several that embroider different garments at the same time. Regardless of complexity, they all work the same way: the machine holds down the piece of fabric to be embroidered and moves it around while the needle goes up and down in the same place.

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Cost of embroidery

The cost is based on the number of stitches the machine has to make, the number of color threads used and the volume required. Artwork has to be supplied and adapted (digitalized) to suit the machine, which is likely to be charged as a setup cost.

The technique is usually used for fairly small logos and designs on clothing. It isn’t cost effective for larger designs. The design has to be readable so it must be of a reasonable size.

Specialist embroidery service use large machines that can embroider several items of clothing at the same time, which is cost effective, while a smaller clothing enterprise will be able to manufacture less at one time and therefore slightly more expensive.

Embroidery method

Once the artwork is digitalised the machine is then set up with the correct colored threads, the area of the garment to be embroidered is backed with a piece of material (usually white), to stabilize the embroidering and then the machine starts doing its work at great speed. Depending on how advanced the machine is, it will need more or less human input like for example, manually changing the threads.


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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