Welcome to the Facts & Information page. We have tried to address the most common questions visitors to our Web site may have. Also we have developed information that may be helpful in understanding embroidery designs, selections, placement and care. If you find that your question is not answered on this page, please Contact Us and we will be happy to answer any questions.

We do not make Patches: We are a direct embroiderer only

    About Embroidery

Embroidery has a look and feel that is timeless.  It has a unique luster that just cannot be found in other forms of decoration.  An embroidered logo can instantly add value and prestige to a garment.  Most importantly, the professional appearance of embroidery will help reinforce your corporate identity.

Where would you like your embroidery?

  • Left chest logos: The most common type of embroidery. Usually around 3.5” wide, sewn on the upper chest area of the garment over the heart.
  • Right chest logos: Usually embroidered in addition to the left chest design. A great place to put a name.
  • Full back and full front logos: Around 10” wide, sewn on jacket backs or the front of a sweatshirt.
  • Sleeve and collar logos: Subtle accents that are popular with sport shirts as a way of adding a sponsors name. The sleeve also makes a great place to add your company’s website.
  • Front of the cap: Our most common type of embroidery, we can go up to 3”H x 5”W
  • Back of cap: A great place to put a website, slogan or name.

Consider other highly noticeable garment locations for a unique logo/artwork placement

                                                          

Estimating stitch count

Here is an easy way to estimate the amount of stitches you will need for a great looking logo

  • Print our grid below
  • Cut out your artwork and place over the grid
  • Count the number of boxes it fills, then find that number in the chart
  • If your design is larger than the grid keep making the grid larger using the same formula

              

Other points to remember when estimating stitch count

  • 1 solid inch of embroidery equals approximately 2,000 stitches
  • 1 solid 1/4 inch of embroidery will equal about 125 stitches
  • Drop shadows in your logo will translate to 200 extra stitches per inch
  • Straight lines under logos typically equal 200 stitches per inch
  • Extra underlay, fill stitches, outlines and density will all add stitched to a design
  • Fabrics, colors, and artwork details will affect the amount of stitches

It is important to remember that these tip are just a method to provide an estimate only in estimating stitch count. The precise figure can only be determined when the actual artwork is provided and digitized

Digitizing custom embroidered designs from graphics

This discusses design issues related to converting graphic based artwork into a viable embroidery design. Unlike printing, the embroidery process has many limitations that must be carefully considered during a conversion from graphic artwork to stitching. It requires an experienced embroidery designer (sometimes referred to as a "digitizer") to account for these limitations when digitizing a logo.

If you want an embroidered logo to stitch well on a variety of fabrics, you should never attempt to embroider text smaller than 3/16 each letter and 1/4 inch in height. Following this rule, will ensure that your logo can be stitched on anything from pique to fleece.

Color gradients are easily produced in a print process; however embroidery uses a distinct color which makes it a challenge to reproduce shadows and gradients. In cases where the gradient is not a prominent part of the artwork, it may be omitted and the natural texture of the embroidery will be used as a replacement

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any minimum? Nope, there are no minimums or maximums. 

What are your set up fees? We do not charge set up fees if using one of the 40,000 stock designs on file or have one digitized by us.

Do you provide a proof of the logo so I can see it before you embroider my items? Yes, if requested we provide a jpeg image of your logo.

Some companies charge exorbitant shipping fees, what are your shipping fees and what service to you use? We do not elevate our shipping fees. There is no handling fee. We charge exactly what UPS charges us, no more.

Do your prices on your apparel page include embroidery? No. All embroidery has a cost associated that equals stitch count

Is there an extra charge for multiple colors? We can do 15 different colors changes per design without any additional charges. More than 15 colors per design there is a $3.00 charge.

Is there a difference between threads? Yes, we only use Isacord. Strength, color quality, and colorfast threads are how we judge our thread supplier.

Is the digitizing mine after I pay for it? Yes, on your own custom designs. We keep the file and you are always welcome to have a copy for your records. We use Amaya compatible software.

I'm not sure of a specific design; do you offer ready made designs? Yes, we own over 40,000 designs, Just ask us and we'll probably have something your looking for. Eexample, Flowers, animals, cars, sports figures, mascots, flags, holiday designs, and many more…

Other than shirts, caps, and jackets, what else can you embroider on? Leather, vinyl, luggage, blankets, dog collars, balsa wood, and just about any fabric you can think of.

Embroidery Care

Home laundering

  • All embroidered garments should be washed with a mild detergent
  • Do not use chlorine bleach or optical brightening agents. If bleach is required for washing, Non-chlorine bleach in accordance with product instructions is preferable
  • Machine wash in cold water, delicate wash cycle preferred
  • If color residue appears in water, rinse in lukewarm water, then cold several times
  • Remove promptly after wash cycle completion
  • Never leave embroidered clothing soaking or in water or lying in a pile when wet
  • Do not wring out the embroidered articles
  • Do not rub stained embroidery

Dry cleaning

  • Embroidery may be dry cleaned, however, extreme care should be exercised when dry cleaning. Special care must be taken when dark shades are dry cleaned. Avoid use of pre-spotting agents.

Ironing

  • Embroidered fabrics should always be ironed on the reverse side
  • It is recommended to iron embroidery between two pieces of cloth
  • It is not recommended to wet embroidery prior to ironing or to use a steam iron

Note: Normally the care label instructions pertain to the garment, not the embroidery. Special care should be taken when laundering embroidered garments. Since the conditions of use, washing, pressing and cleaning, etc. vary in use of yarns and threads, the purchaser should assure himself by preliminary tests that the dye fastness of the yarn or thread is 100% colorfast to crocking or washing under all conditions. We cannot be responsible for any consequential damages since the value of the thread is so disproportionate to the value of the goods into which it is stitched.