Of all the different techniques used to brand apparel the two most preferred methods are embroidery and screen printing.
We are asked this often by customers so we explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Embroidery uses thread to embroider/sew your design directly onto the fabric, uses thread to create patches that can then be sewn by you onto your garments and/or accessories.
Today, the technology has become much more advanced and machinery takes the place of people. Robotic machines can sew with extreme speed and accuracy like never before. Making for exquisite outcomes.
Embroidery is preferred by corporate companies and small businesses alike, since it looks more professional on aprons, robes, suits and casual wear. Embroidery can also be done on bags, towels, robes, dress shirts, suit coats, and many other items.
Embroidery can be put on a wide variety of materials.
In addition, many companies charge a setup fee called digitizing. This process is basically converting an image into a file that the robotic machinery can read and is normally just a one-time fee. This explains why small orders are far more expensive than large orders on a per item basis.
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The Chinese invented silk screening many generations ago. Basically, the process that they used back then and what we use today is the same.
A mesh screen is created that holds an image. On top of this mesh screen the ink that you will use to paint the garment is applied. Then pushing a squeegee across the screen the ink is forced through.
Today the machinery is far more advanced. With automatic machines that are capable of producing several thousand shirts per hour. Not to mention inks, drying rooms, squeegees, and mesh screens have become very advanced.
Inks now come in glow in the dark, neon, metallic, and various textures that really make shirts look very unique!
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All in all, it just comes down to personal preference and what you plan to do with your custom apparel. Some people, us included, prefer embroidery because it lasts longer. Paint eventually washes off clothing, still one can appreciate the talent and artistry that is involved with screen printing.
Just remember is that they both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you have any questions feel free to contact us! But note that we, H&H Creations of Custom Embroidery, only do embroidery. We DO NOT do screen printing or heat transfers.