Embroidered artwork is stitched on garments with an automated embroidery machine at our factories.   We use an Embroidery Software to “digitize” artwork and logos, then sewing machines will automatically stitch the design in place.

There are different sizes of embroidery stitching that work as the texture to your embroidery design.  Used on products such as wearables (socks, polo tshirts, caps etc), plush, blankets etc…, here are some pointers for all your upcoming projects.

Two types of threads used for embroidered designs, Polyester and Rayon. 

Rayon is a better choice than Polyester as it produces the best looking embroidered designs, but prone to breakage during stitching and less durable than Polyester.  Polyester is durable but does not always produce best looking designs on all types of fabrics.

Thread Color
Choosing the right thread color is important – The colors in your design will show on the color of the garment that you choose.   Less contrast between the garment color and embroidery color is best as it tends to hide any possible imperfections in the stitching.   The stitching can use multiple colours and this does not affect pricing.

Backing materials
These materials give support and structure to an embroidered design – critical for a long lasting design.  A sheet of backing material is placed behind the area where the design will be applied.  The design is then stitched through the fabric and the backing material.

Two types of backing material- Tearaway and Cutaway.  It is crucial to match the backing to the type of fabric being embroidered and we will advise on best solution for you.

  • Tearaway backing can be torn off without tools after the design is stitched. Easy to remove, this kind of backing is typically used with woven fabric such as dress shirts.
  • Cutaway backing must be cut around the design using scissors after the design is stitched.- Used mainly on knit fabrics.

Fabrics such as fleece have a rough texture with many “loose” fibers.  These fibers can get caught between the stitches of the embroidered design and look unsightly. A prevention method is using a transparent sheet of topping material and place over the design area.

The design is then stitched through the topping, fabric, and backing material.  When the design is complete, the topping material is removed by wetting it with water.  Depending on the type of fabric being stitched, topping is not always needed.

Pricing is mainly calculated based on the number of items and how many stitches required.  A standard left chest 3.5″ x 2″ logo usually takes between 4,000 and 7,000 stitches, while a small quarter-sized image (e.g  On side of a cap or below the collar) can usually be done with 1,000 stitches or so.

Customising each polo shirt with name of employee etc.. can also be offered but generally this is more for small orders and incurs extra costs.

Other types of logo that you could consider for other items- Decal Logo, Epoxy Logo, Silk Screen, heat transfer, Embossing, colour changing etc.