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Embroidery Vs. Screen Printing

June 26, 2014


The most common use for both screen printing or embroidery is for t-shirts. You might want to represent a brand, a club or even just a family name; t-shirts are a great way to unify a group of people. You’ve decided that this is something that you would like to do, but you are presented with two different options on how to go about it. We’d like to take sometime to explain the two.

This typically has a quicker turn around time than screen printing, it can take as little as a week depending on the size of your order. We have computer software in house that can analyze an image and determine how many stitches are needed in order to recreate your image with a thread, for this step you can either provide a digital image or we can even scan the logo from a business card or printout. Embroidery is great when you are trying to do small logos or people’s names, it won’t work well with large images because of the time it takes to create each one and the amount of stitching involved. This is ideal for polo shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and bags. Unlike screen printing, the surface of the fabric does not have to be completely smooth and our machinery can handle thicker fabrics.
Screen Printing
Screen printing has a very flat look as opposed to embroidery which has a more organic feel, it’s called printing for a reason. Screen printing requires a stencil to be made for new graphics which is time consuming, once the stencil is created the turn around time can be a lot quicker for repeat orders. Production times can take about two weeks to complete. With screen printing we do need an original file of the artwork, it cannot be easily scanned like embroidered items. Screen printing is going to work better when you have large designs because it ends up being cost effective and will have a quicker manufacturing. This technique will look great on t-shirts which have a smooth surface.
In sum both will have benefits and draw backs, Rich’s Stitches has the ability to create both for you and we will advise you on what will look best based on the type of material you’d like to use, how large your image and order is. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask us what solution is better for you. We’d be more than happy to help!


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