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  1. Beginners Guide to Embroidery

    Whether designing custom clothes for fashion, gifts, or workwear, embroidered clothing stands out as one of the most attractive options. 

    But what exactly is the embroidery process and what results can you expect from it? Here’s all you need to know.

    What does embroidered mean?

    Embroidery is defined by the dictionary as “the activity of decorating cloth or clothing with patterns or pictures sewn directly onto the material, or a pattern or picture created in this way:”

    Therefore, embroidered clothing is any item that has had a design sewn onto it. This is a contrast to other design mentors like screen printing, digital printing, vinyl printing, and transfers. And unlike those alternatives, embroidered items have an unmistakable unique appeal

    Embroidery is a process that has been used for thousands of years and remains very popular to this day with both hobbyists and professional fashion designers alike.

    What fashion items can be embroidered? 

    Embroidery can be used on virtually any item of clothing or fabric accessory. However, the most popular items are embroidered polo shirts, caps, and bags. Embroidery offers many attractive features, the most telling are;

    • They are great for small runs as you avoid some the setup costs associated with the printing methods mentioned above.
    • Each item can be easily customized, which is ideal when individual items require a personalized touch.
    • Embroidered fabrics instantly look stylish and luxurious, especially when the stitching has been completed to professional standards.

    Embroidered designs are particularly good for adding logos and emblems. Whether it’s a work uniform or sports fashion item, the designs will look classy while quality stitching can withstand washes to ensure long-term success whereas printed designs can often peel over time – particularly if you use an inferior service.

    Image meets function

    As already touched upon, embroidered clothing finds the sweet spot of combining aesthetic appeals with functional elements. Modern machines can complete the stitching processes in an automated way. Therefore, the procedure will follow these steps;

    • The logo design will be digitized and prepared for the sewing machines.
    • Clothing is positioned so that the design is added in the right place.
    • Stitching is completed to bring the design to life – the depth, angle, and type of stitching all impact the look.
    • Clothing will be checked for faults like frayed stitches – although this is unlikely.

    While handmade embroidery is an option, machines are capable of completing more intricate designs like text. Moreover, designs can be repeated time and time again with perfect accuracy, which is great when a uniform look is needed for workwear, school uniforms, or other designs.

    Generally speaking, embroidered logos are relatively small (no more than 4”) for two main reasons: aesthetic and costs. The more stitches you use, the more it will cost due to the increased use of time and materials. Meanwhile, embroidery across the entire front of a t-shirt, for example, just wouldn’t look right.

    How to get your clothing embroidered?

    Thousands of people enjoy cross-stitching and embroidery as a pastime, creating fun designs for the home. When it comes to fashion or workwear, however, a professional team that uses advanced embroidery machines and logo digitising processes will be key.
    Logos 4 Clothes can take care of all your embroidery needs. Contact us on 01400 230180 to see what we can do for your project today.

  2. How To Choose The Weight Of A Polo Shirt

    Polo shirts are great items of clothing for all types of situations. Whether worn as a casual garment for a night on the town, as part of a workplace uniform or as a kit for a sporting event, polo shirts can serve a wide variety of purposes. However, it’s vitally important that you select a polo shirt that’s correct for the purpose to which you intend to use it.

    While colour, size and design are all keys to choosing the right polo shirt, its weight is another crucial factor that often goes unconsidered. Indeed, many people may not even be aware that there are different weights of polo shirts at all, instead simply assuming that all are made in the same manner. In truth, the weight of a polo shirt is all-important in affecting not only how it looks, but also how it feels to the wearer.

    Which weight is correct for me?

    As mentioned above, it’s not simply a case that the heavier the polo shirt, the higher quality of the shirt. Each of the weight categories has its advantages and disadvantages, meaning that some are more appropriate for certain situations than others. When considering which polo shirt you want, it’s a good idea to factor in the purpose to which you intend to put it and the environment in which it will be worn.

    The overall decision will depend upon your unique situation, but as a general rule of thumb and a base from which to begin to make your judgements, you can assume that:-

    Light-weight polo shirts are normally made from performance polyester. This means that they contain excellent wicking and moisture absorption, making them ideal for sporting environments or ones in which the wearer is likely to become hot and would benefit from a garment that allows you to breathe.

    Medium-weight polo shirts are normally made from a mixture of polyester and cotton fibres and constitute an excellent compromise between the two other extremes. For that reason, they are the most popular type of polo shirt, combining comfort, performance and longevity in one attractive package that can be put to a variety of purposes.

    Heavy-weight polo shirts are normally made from more hard-wearing fabrics which make them ideal for colder climates and in which the wearer will be subject to more extreme conditions. The heavier fabric will provide additional warmth, while their durability means they are ideal for construction sites, warehouses or other industrial working environments.

    Again, these are mere generalised rules of thumb and you should carefully consider the type of fabric you wish your polo shirt to be made from, as well as the aesthetic and functional factors of the final product when making your decision.

    How polo shirt weight is measured

    Polo shirt weights are measured in the same way that all other types of garment fabrics are – in grams per square metre, or GSM for short. The overall weight of the fabric is most

    heavily influenced by the fibres and yarns that were used in its production, but can also be affected by how it is woven. Generally speaking, there are three different

    Categories of fabric weight, which are as follows:

    Lightweight fabrics – these fall between 30 and 150 GSM

    Medium Weight fabrics – these fall between 150 and 350 GSM

    Heavyweight fabrics – these are used to indicate anything above 350 GSM

    While it might be tempting to assume that a heavier fabric instantly indicates a higher quality garment, that’s not always the case. For example, some materials are created by weaving together finer fibres and yarns, resulting in an end product that is both lightweight and luxurious at the same time. Cotton is woven with long staple fibres, for example can produce garments that feel superior to the touch and sit lightly on the skin.

    Polo shirts from Garment Printing

    Whether you’re looking for the next article of clothing to add to your corporate wardrobe, a chic and sleek polo for your front-of-house hospitality team, a suave but sporty garment for your local club or just a light and stylish top to wear on casual occasions, Garment Printing have an array of options to suit your needs. Available in a range of weights, styles and sizes, our online catalogue is fit to burst with an extensive collection of choices that will satisfy any situation or occasion.

    So what are your next steps

    So, for all your polo shirt requirements look no further than the team at Logos 4 Clothes. Call our team on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.