Introduction to Embroidery and how it works

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.

Due 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.

Embroidery ThreadHow 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. Computerised 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 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.

holiday-facebook-tagEmbroidery method

Once the artwork is digitalised the machine is then set up with the correct coloured threads, the area of the garment to be embroidered is backed with a piece of material (usually white), to stabilise 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.

Use of embroidery

Embroidery is best used for simple logos with clear images that don’t require many colors, which makes it perfect for a professional workwear. This also looks well on school badges, name labels, rugby shirts and polo shirts for business. Items like towels, dressing gowns, bags and pet items are also a good choice. When selecting embroidery consider the final product.