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.
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. 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.
Cost of embroidery
The cost is based on the number of stitches the machine has to make, the number of colour threads used and the volume required. Artwork has to be supplied and adapted (digitalised) 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.
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.