Embroidery is a great way to personalize and customize any soft-material things, be it clothing, scarves, caps, bags, stuff toys, or home or office accessories. Getting items personalized for yourself, family, or friends is also a means of showing love and affection. Take your present a step higher by personalizing it. When you have your name or initials embroidered or even a symbol, your stuff becomes unique. No one in this world will have the same item as yours when you customize it. While you could have the same name or initials, but chances are low of having the exact colors and font. With a few changes, your product can be more attractive and adorable. 

Likewise, businesses utilize embroidery as a design for corporate giveaways, promotional materials, or employee uniforms. Its sleek and clean finish exudes professionalism. Corporate giveaways are a great approach to draw awareness to your brand. You can embroider logos on any fabric-based product, from tote bags and polo shirts to cup sleeves and coin purses. When you have decided to avail of custom embroidered commodities, be sure to consider these things to achieve your desired quality. The merchandise’s quality depends not only on the service provider but also on the cloth, thread, and design.

Choose the Right Type of Fabric

The material is the most crucial aspect to consider. The fabric is a factor in the quality of the finished embroidered product. If the fabric is not right, the embroidery might not be well-defined, or the cloth will be damaged. So, the fabric selection will reflect on the quality of the embroidery. If the fabric is too thin, the cloth will likely be ripped. If you use silk or rayon, you will end up spending more as more stitches are also needed, and it entails more hard work. Shirts with a polyester mix might stretch on the embroidered section, destroying the design by making it disproportionate.

 As a general rule, the thicker and more compact the fabric, the better. But, embroidery is also a challenge for deep pile cloths, like fleece or terry cloth, and might result in an unclear, fuzzy, faded design. Because of this, make sure to choose a thick, strong fabric that can withstand tight weave and can hold your style. Typical outerwear and twill fabric are best for supporting embroidery. It maximizes the embroidery’s quality, and the cloth’s quality also contributes to the appearance of the entire output. We also recommend that you ask your embroidery provider for their prescribed fabric for your product since they use different materials for various kinds of stuff.

Provide the Best Images

Not all images, fonts, or logos are appropriate to embroider. Keep in mind that embroidery uses threads, and many layers of it are needed to create a single letter. This means that the picture or font should be as simple as possible, and if the photo has a lot of details, it is better to make it larger. Restrain from providing an image with tiny details and complex patterns. The machine might not comprehend these small details, or it will not be clear, which will affect the product’s quality. Some embroidering companies use an embroidering tool that puts the images through the digitizing process where a program will convert your photo into a digital file that the machine could read.

Sometimes, if you are embroidering a logo, you have to create a simplified version of it to be concise. Remove any small texts, shadows, and even color gradients. Gradients make the image lose clarity because of the multiple changes of threads. You might want to change your image to a single solid color per shape. Simplify illustrations by reducing any fine lines, curves, and dots. Letter fonts should be at least 1/4-inch tall, and it is best to use bold fonts. Lastly, if you are providing a photo, provide a clear, sharp picture with visible lines.

Select the Right Color

A part of your design is the fabric color of your chosen merchandise. When finalizing the draft design, choose a cloth color where you can read the fonts and perceive the images. Check for the contrast of the shades. If you are embroidering your business’s materials, make sure that the object’s color distinctly communicates your brand. If it is apparel, consider whether the one who will wear it will be comfortable with the color. If you mean to give it as a personalized gift, it would be easy for you to know.

On the other hand, if your design is not yet definite, you can simultaneously choose the fabric and thread color. You may select your base color first or the cloth color, then create your design complementing the fabric’s hue. Also, if you are getting your things personalized, pick the thread color that matches your things and would make your items more elegant and beautiful.

Choose the Type of Thread

There are different types of threads. These strands vary according to durability, look, and thickness, and these are all good. However, you may want to choose your thread according to the item’s material and purpose. A durable, resistant thread like polyester is advisable for embroidering on clothes for blue-collar occupations, sportswear, or any clothing apt for wear and tear. Polyester is strong, their colors won’t easily fade over time, or when exposed to the sun, their colors do not bleed when washed, and they can withstand bleach.

Rayon threads are an excellent choice for more limited wear and tear items such as stationery, stuffed animals, beanies, table runners, pillowcases, and many more. This thread is not advisable for wear and tear stuff because it fades over time, and the colors bleed on the washer. But, rayon is also sturdy and durable with more shine than others, and embroidery enthusiasts mostly use this on delicate fabrics.

The Embroidery’s Location

Typically, when embroidering a logo for a t-shirt, it would be located on the left side of the chest. Can people see the embroidery? If the shirt will be worn under an apron or safety vest, you would not want to locate your logo on that side. You can be creative and decide to position the embroidery where you think is best suitable.

Acknowledge also the size of the image and texts and the area they will occupy. Will it fit on the cup sleeve? If you will resize the icon, will it still be visible? Is the embroidery better in the middle of the table runner or at the end? Will the image fit on the shirt sleeve, or is it too big that it goes better on the back? Unless you embroidered for personal use and the purpose is not for aesthetic purposes, locate your embroidery where people can appreciate it, and position it according to its purpose.

Determine the Stitch Count

The stitch count of your embroidery project will determine its price. Two things affect the stitch count: the first is the size of the image, and the second is the details of the photo. If your design has a big area that needs to be filled with stitches, then more stitches are needed. But you could also have a huge photo that doesn’t require stitches on the whole area. This kind of design saves you a few bucks. The more detailed the picture, the more stitches will be needed for the project. Hence, the higher cost associated with it. Sometimes, a detailed design requires different kinds of thread to achieve the replica of the diagram. And most likely, you will be charged more for this. 

Price is higher if there are more elements, not color. Your design can have multiple colors, yet you will be charged by how many the stitch count is. This pricing system is what embroidery differs from other personalized methods like printing. You will not be priced for additional colors but for further detail or size. 

Are you looking for a place where you can get your things personalized? Heartstrings of Life is worth checking out. You can bring your items to Gresham, Oregon. We also offer personalized items for babies, toddlers, and youth. Just specify the name and thread color you want, and we will embroider it for customization. Our selling products are best for giftings of any occasions. For inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact us at 503-405-0475 or send us an email at sales@heartstringforlife.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you.