Embroidery Frequently Asked Questions

There are many things to factor into an embroidery job. Below are some answers to many questions you may have.

  • Do you have minimums?
    • NO! We can complete any quantity on embroidery 1-1000’s

  • Can I mix sizes and colors of items?
    • Yes, but to reach the best volume pricing each item you order using the same embroidery design, placement & thread colors will be more cost effective.

  • I have a large order. Is there special pricing?
    • Prices on larger orders can vary from time to time depending on the styles, colors and sizes you choose.
    • On larger orders even a few cents can make a big difference, so we work to make sure you get the best possible pricing.
    • We encourage you to speak with us at 410-861-8600 if you have an order of 300 pieces or more.

  • I already have my logo digitized. How do I get it to you?
    • You can send us your digitized file by uploading it to our dropbox account.

  • What do I do if I don’t have a logo already digitized?
    • We can get your logo digitized for you with a set up fee.
    • Set up fees start at $30 and go up from there depending on the amount of stitches needed in the design.
    • You can send us your logo by uploading it to our dropbox account.

  • Are there any limitations on the types of graphics that can be reproduced with the embroidery process?
    • Block capital lettering can be regularly executed as small as .2 of an inch, sometimes smaller on the proper fabric or fill, but .2 of an inch is the smallest recommended size for lettering.
    • Lowercase lettering must be larger, around .25 of an inch, as the closed portions of letters, i.e. the loop on a p, b, or d, must be at or around .2 of an inch to stitch well.
    • Fonts with a serif, i.e. Times new Roman, and script fonts, do not run well at small sizes and will make your design look sloppy. They make small lettering illegible and run badly during production.
    • To avoid text becoming too small, stack text in areas where space is horizontally limited, and be sure that any text included in a design is necessary to your application.

Please keep the follow important information in mind when placing an embroidery order:

DESIGNS DIGITIZED FOR FLAT GARMENTS DO NOT ALWAYS RUN PROPERLY ON CAPS. Due to the construction of caps and the process used to embroider them, a different sequence must be used in the digitizing of caps. Most cap designs should not exceed 2.25 inches in height or 4 inches in width. A pocket logo can exceed this height. Consider different designs or design versions for flat garments and caps.

DESIGNS MUST BE DIGITIZED DIFFERENTLY FOR SOME MATERIALS. Some materials are difficult to embroider on. Sweatshirt knit and fleece bury stitches and make letters and other columns look narrow, pique, used for most polo shirts, breaks up small letters and causes distortion. Jackets with linings cause distortion and shift design registration. Lycra stretches and deforms designs. A design for fleece run on leather can cut the design from the garment like a medallion. The digitizer must adjust for the qualities of the fabric. One design can’t be run on every material, but if the digitizer is notified of materials to be used he can make a more universal design, and when the materials are absolutely incompatible, can create a different version for the desired material. .

DESIGNS MAY ALSO NEED TO BE DIGITIZED DIFFERENTLY FOR DIFFERENT COLORED GARMENTS. Though this is less likely to cause problems as fabric choice, different color schemes will look different when stitched out. Lighter threads tend to be thicker and cover differently than darker threads.

Color blending can be achieved with embroidery, but smooth gradients require at least 3 colors to execute. As the best designs will have fewer than 9 colors of thread, consider what effects are necessary. If a design has multiple gradients of different colors, it will likely have to be simplified for embroidery.

Remember: Embroidery is thread! It has some limitations. Lines thinner than thread cannot be created, and one should avoid packing too much small detail into an area. Too many colors and details on top of one another can mean a dense, uncomfortable design to wear.