Embroidery

 

Screen Printing

 


VS.

Benefits:

  • Embroidery is a lot of times considered more professional looking.

  • No minimum quantity on orders. You can order as few as one.

  • Quicker turn around on most orders. 1-2 week delivery on most orders. 4-6 day rush service available.

  • There are usually no setup fees associated with embroidery. If your embroidery design is created using designs from our catalog, there are no setup fees.

  • May hold up better and is not as susceptible to harsh conditions (i.e. extreme heat).

  • With embroidery you have the option to choose a design from our library of over 22,000 stock designs.

  • There is no additional cost for additional colors so embroidered designs can be more colorful.

 

Benefits:

  • Printing sometimes cost a lot less than embroidery. This is particularly true if you plan to do a large area. If you are doing a large area such as the full back of a shirt, embroidery will cost between $15.00 and $30.00 per item where as printing will cost between $0.50 and $5.00 per item depending on the number of colors and the quantity.

  • Printed designs can be a lot more elaborate and detailed. Almost any design can be screen printed where as some designs are impossible to embroider.

  • Printing can be done on thin material such as lightweight t-shirts and panties without causing the material to sag or puting wholes in the material.



Cons:

  • Embroidery puts a lot of thread on the item being embroidered. The weight of this thread of a large design on a thin item such as a Tee Shirt can cause the shirt to sag.

  • The setup process for embroidering your own design involves converting the design file to a stitch file that the embroidery machine can understand. This process usually cost more then the set up for printing and can cost anywhere between $20 and $150. However this is a one-time cost, therefore there would be no setup charges for future orders with the same design. This design process is called digitizing. You can read about it HERE.

 

Cons:

  • Because screens have to be set up and paint applied to those screens, the minimum quantity for printing is 24. Where as the minimum quantity for embroidery is one.

  • There is a set up cost associated with screen printing of $20 per color. However this is a one time cost, therefore there would be no charges for future orders with the same design.


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