Useful tips. 

Tip 1:

Embroidery Tips

Computerized embroidery decorating is a popular method of providing quality cost-effective decoration onto all types of garments and pliable fabrics. However there are some production/quality limitations you should watch for. Care should be taken when trying to achieve fine detail in embroidery designs. Text smaller than 5mm high will likely be illegible. Fine detail in stipple or sketching form can be lost as a jumble of stitches.

Quoting

Unlike printing and other forms of decorating, embroidery costs are generally not based on number of colors used, but on the number of stitches a design requires. Estimating stitch counts from a printed or electronic design can be difficult and it is recommended that you do not commit to a price unless we have quoted set-up and production costs after viewing the design. To obtain firm quote prices, simply e-mail the design to our office and we will quote immediately. Be sure to explain where areas of the design will require stitching where there is a likelihood of confusion or error, particularly noting backgrounds and keylines which may not be obvious in the original or faxed artwork.
Be Fair
If you expect a first class job don’t start with less than first class instructions.
Embroidery Do's
  • The job must be sighted to quote.
  • Be sure you are clear on areas to be stitched, i.e. filled or unfilled voids
  • If you wish to follow an existing embroidery design, the sample must be sighted
  • Stitch estimates? Even every experienced digitizers get it wrong.
  • One rule to get an accurate cost: Have your Embroiderer quote it!
Artwork Quality
  • .jpg & .bmp FILES (100dpi MINIMUM) should be required size or larger.
  • Vector Files(.ai .cdr .eps .pdf ) are preferred.
Logo Guidelines
  Provide PMS or Thread References
Embroidery Guidelines
  • Remember a cap design can be used on a garment but a garment design should not be used on a cap (without checking or a forewarning) ·
  • Text must be a minimum height of 5mm TALL ·
  • Fine detail & color gradient will mean comprising your design
Repeat Jobs ·
  • 1 simple alteration to an older logo, makes it a NEW job.
  • Changes can occurs brought about by:
    • Garment batch changes ·
    • Thread batch differences ·
    • Machine changes ·
    • Tension changes ·
    • Garment style changes ·
  • You can expect production to vary from your sample
Setups 
  • Setup charges cover the cost to prepare the design and prepare the machine ·
  • Setup charges normally do not imply ownership of the digitised file ·
  • Setup charges are normally applied only once. 
  • Check goods styles/colors/sizes before embroidering- 
  • Get our embroiderer to quote if at all possible ·
  • Think about print or applique for difficult jobs, fine detail jobs & impossible jobs ·
  • Provide your decorator with every necessary instruction-don’t leave him to assume anything ·
  • job name/ Purchase Order# ·
  • Needed In Hands By ·
  • Quantity ·
  • Style description/colur/sizes ·
  • Price ·
  • Quote reference ·
  • Thread colors ·
  • Artwork ·
  • position ·
  • Unpacking/repacking ·
  • Repeat references
Embroidery Don'ts
  • Don't assume anything ·
  • Don't leave yoru customer to assume anything ·
  • Don't leave your embroiderer to assume anything ·
  • Don't ignore any of the Do's above.

Tip 2:

Printing VS. Embroidery
When it comes to embroidery and transfer printing, we are second-to-none in overall quality, value and service. if you wish to decorate Headwear in fact anything that can be decorated with embroidery or a heat-sealed plastisol transfer.
About Embroidery
Computerized embroidery decorating is a popular method of providing quality cost-effective decoration onto all types of garments and pliable fabrics. However there are some production/quality limitations you should watch for when working with complex artwork.
Care should be taken when trying to achieve fine detail in embroidery designs. Text smaller than 5mm high will likely be illegible. Fine detail in stipple or sketching form can be lost as a jumble of stitches.
About Heat Sealed Plastisol Transfers
We would likely suggest this type of decoration if, the logo has complex detail that would not work for embroidery, works best on a foam front 5 panel, or the artwork includes gradient/small text that embroidery would not capture.
Heat transfers work as a secondary option to embroidery, if embroidery cannot quite capture the detail that a printed transfer could.