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.