These days anyone can buy an embroidery machine and set up shop with very little money. Unfortunately, embroidery is much more of an art than a science, which means than it takes a lot more than a shiny new machine and some software to do a quality embroidery job. This guide will help you to understand what it takes to produce great looking embroidered designs.
Creating Your Embroidered Design
The most important part of any embroidery job begins with the designer or (sometimes called a digitizer). Their job is to take your logo or design and convert it into a series of stitches that will be stitched on a garment. While there are software programs that make this job easier, there is no software program that can reproduce the talent of a good designer (even though many software companies claim otherwise).
Brand, color, and style of the apparel is completely up to the consumer. As with anything, there are good quality brands and poor quality brands. If you are going to spend $3.50 - $5.00 to stitch an embroidered design it makes little sense to stitch it on a garment that will wear out long before the design. When ordering a large number of garments it makes sense to get a sample of the garment that you will be buying so you can judge the quality of the garment for yourself. A reputable embroidery shop will arrange for a sample to be shipped to you for review. Remember to ship the garment back when you are finished with it or you may end up getting charged for it (samples are usually not free).
A good embroidery company will have a book or catalog of "Stock Designs". Stock designs require very little in the way of setup and stitch very well on a variety of fabrics. Most stock designs can be made 10% larger or smaller as needed. Stock designs are the best way to save money on a custom embroidery job.
The locations you can apply an embroidered design vary by the type of garment. The embroidery charge is based on the number of locations you choose. Most people choose to embroider the primary location since it is the most visible, however there is no limit to the number of locations to embroider. The default embroidery location for jackets and shirts is on the left chest.