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Use of Embroidery in Clothing Industry


Embroidery is best used for simple logos with clear images that don’t require many colours, 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.

Actually, here’s a list of intelligent uses of embroidery:

medic cap, doctor, hospitalSports Teams

It has to be said that the highest demand for embroidery services comes from sports teams and associations. It is basically for ‘stash’ and everybody loves it. It makes you feel special; like part of a team, wanted. It also advertises the fact that you are part of that association to other people who will probably be thinking: “man, that association has got some really cool embroidered polo’s, they must be really good what they do!”

Common things that sports teams want embroidered are logos and crests, usually around the left breast. Some of the more adventurous clients go for embroidery on the sleeve as well or maybe something extra on the front. Logos are embroidered on the left breast so that they remain visible during a handshake.

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Workwear – Uniforms

It is a well-known fact that businesses that provide embroidered uniforms for their staff perform 70% better than ones who don’t. It is also true that their employees enjoy more success with the opposite sex, drive nicer cars and regularly win the lottery.

We have embroidered polo shirts, shirts and even the odd cap for businesses that want to look awesome all around the UK. We are firm believers that if more companies got their uniforms embroidered the financial crises would have ended a long time ago.

distressed logo

New Fashion Brand

There is a famous fashion brand that always embroiders a little man on a horse on to the left breast of their polo shirts, shirts and t-shirts. They have inspired many budding fashion designers to request the same with their logos. This will help their new t-shirt line look classy and legitimate in a world of new clothing brands.

New fashion designers also embroider caps and jackets too but it is important to remember that embroidery requires a certain type of material and embroidery on to t-shirts is not advised.


Printed t-shirts and screen printing are more often associated with event merchandise but because it is relatively easy to set up, embroidery is also a good technique for bulk orders. Bag and caps are popular with merchandisers and easy to embroider. Often event organisers will ask us to embroider the event logo onto bags caps and jackets for promotional items or merchandise to sell.


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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