Embroidery and Printing Types

Whether you’re customizing t-shirts, company apparel, team jerseys or sportswear it may be hard to decide between embroidery or screen printing.  Both methods of customization can achieve impressive results if used on the right type of garment.

Embroidery requires more stable fabric as it involves tightly stitching threads directly onto the fabric. The artwork is limited to colours available on the embroidery machine, however, there are many colours to choose from.  The results are bright, vivid and tactile.

Screen printing is a flat application of ink on the surface of your garment.  Ink is transferred through mesh screens with multiple passes for each colour. The range of colours and printing techniques available is nearly infinite.  The final result may look more realistic than embroidery but can be less vivid in colour.

When you are deciding on which method to use it is best to consider:

Colour

Screen printing will work best in cases where realistic results or an exact colour match is important.  If you are looking for bold colour then embroidery may be a better match.

Size of customization

Screen printing is the best choice for large areas of colour as embroidery may stretch or distort the fabric if applied to too large an area.
Also, small detailed designs may work better with screen printing as these tiny details may be difficult to achieve in embroidery.
Embroidery works well for small or mid-size applications with strong colour and not much detail, such as a logo on a cap or work shirt.

Garment stability

Embroidery works well on stable fabrics without stretch such as woven shirts or baseball caps, which can achieve vibrant colour and impressive results.  Thinner fabrics or those with stretch are suited to screen printing.