Embroidery is just one of many decoration methods you can use to incorporate your artwork on your promotional product. But deciding whether to use embroidery vs screen-printing on your tee shirts, caps, and hoodies etc depends on the requirements for your job and how the product will be used.
When artwork design is being placed on a textured, rough, thick or fuzzy fabric such as fleece or wool, embroidery is the better choice. Screen printing on textured fabric may not look as crisp and the design may wear off faster.
In contrast, a large embroidered logo with a high thread count may pull at the fabric of a thin tee shirt causing puckering or wrinkling around the logo. And if the fabric is waterproof, embroidery may not be suitable as it could compromise the waterproofing.
Embroidery is more durable and will retain its crispness and colour for longer than a screen printed product, especially those items such as tee-shirts that are washed often.
Embroidery can take longer to process than screen printing so may not be suitable if you are in a rush. However since an embroidery design is digitized at the start of the process your artwork is saved for future use in a digital format making future use easier and faster.
Embroidery is often more expensive than screen printing as the cost depends on the number of stitches used. Larger artwork, many colours, or an intricate design usually means more stitches which can raise your cost.
Design and size
Traditionally embroidery is seen as a classier way to apply your design and are often used on polo shirts and baseball, ball caps or uniforms. It is generally considered a more professional and classier slightly 3D look.
However for larger, multicolored, or intricate designs, screen printing often works better. Many vendors will recommend that large designs or big text be screen printed as opposed to embroidered.
Still not sure which method to choose? Contact us today with your embroidery questions and needs.