Embroidery is priced by the stitch, so size matters. A logo that is on a hat or a chest pocket sized location will be far less expensive than embroidering a large design on the back of a jacket. Also, a logo with a lot of information, or solid fills can run high on stitch counts. The same size design can be anywhere from 2,000 stitches to 15,000 stitches. An embroidered design also must be digitized. Digitizing is the process of making the file into a wireframe image that the embroidery machines can read with all sorts of new information. Pull compensation, underlays, the type and length of the stitching and stitch direction are just a few of the things that the machines need to know. A properly digitized image takes time to put together, but will look wonderful. Digitizing is a one time fee; once it is done then you don't need to pay for it again. One more thing to think about with pricing is the number of placements. A design on the front of the hat, a name on the back and a sponsor on the side is three placements, which is more labor than just on design on the front.
We also need to consider your garment when we prepare to embroider your design. Sometimes there is a large seam in the way, or an existing logo; or perhaps there is a pocket you don't want sewn shut. A design with small letters won't look good on polar fleece or towels because the stitches get lost in the nap. Let us use our experitse to help you get a garment you are proud to wear or give out. We recommend embroidery on jackets, polo shirts, towels and dress shirts, but do not recommend it for t-shirts, where the design can cause puckering after repeated washes.
Another of the many benefits of embroidery is the ability to do one piece jobs. Once a job is digitized we can do one or two pieces as they come along, as opposed to silk screening, where there are minimums for every job.
Silk screening is ideal for T-shirts and Sweatshirts. When you think about a T-shirt, odds are it is silk screened. The process for silk screening is vastly different than embroidery. The pricing also has many more variables than embroidery. The number of colors, the number of garments, the color of the garments and the number of locations determing pricing. The more colors, the more expensive the print...however, the more shirts we print, the more the "per piece" price drops. Printing on a dark colored shirt (as opposed to a white, ash or natural shirt) requires an underbase and additional drying, so the price increases.
For the most part, a T-shirt job can be printed from a jpeg, however vector art is always better. IF you need help with art or a design, let us know. We have been printing shirts for over 40 years and will be happy to help you to help take your design up a notch. We have designed virtually all of the jobs we have done, and stand by our work happily. Let us help you to make your next event even more special with the addition of some custom T-shirts.