Embroidery is the process of sewing a design or logo onto a product with thread and needle. A popular choice for hats, uniforms and clubs, embroidery offers a high-end finish for simple logo designs. Embroidery creates a hard-wearing, professional-looking representation of most logos.
A digital file is created that tells a machine how and where to put each stitch. Embroidery works best with simple, low color count logos or artwork. Photographs and artwork with fine detail or small lettering usually can not be embroidered.
After we receive your order and review your artwork, the first step in the process is to "digitize" your design. This just means we are creating a digital file that contains instructions on how to stitch your artwork. Once digitized, the file is send to the embroidery machine and the design will be sewn out onto the product.
Embroidered logos generally use between 5,000 - 10,000 stitches to create your design.
Since embroidered logos are measured in stitches, the more complex your logo is, the higher the stitch count. A standard-size logo has less than 8,000 stitches. Since most logos require far less than 8,000, your logo is probably standard-size. A standard left chest logo size is under 5 inches, though we have embroidered as much as 7 inches on the left chest. Our main goal is to give you a logo that is both beautiful and unique.
How to simplify your embroidery design
- Avoid small details—the minimum thickness for shapes is 0.05” (1.3 mm).
- Use big letters—lowercase letter height starts from 0.25” (6.4 mm), and uppercase letter height starts from 0.3” (7.6 mm).
- Avoid gradients—instead, use our 16 thread colors with clear lines between the different elements.
- Avoid small areas of negative space—keep an eye out for small gaps in the design, and fill them in with a background color instead. Any small areas that remain will be automatically filled in as part of the digitization process.
- Use our 16 thread colors—any colors outside of the palette will be altered to the closest fit. See below for more information.
- Don’t use photographs—these won’t work well with the digitization process.
- Avoid backgrounds—backgrounds will be removed as part of the digitization process unless specifically requested.