Embroidery Questions

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    • Both Screen-Printing and Embroidery are great ways to decorate your garment, and they both have their advantages. While the option you choose is a matter of personal taste, some garments definitely lend themselves better to one form of decoration over the other. For each product in our Product Catalogue, we will give you the option to obtain a quote for both methods so you can compare pricing. If a garment is NOT recommended for Printing or Embroidery, that option will not be shown.



      Durable: Long gone are the days when you had to worry about a printed image washing off, peeling, or fading. Our Screen Printing is done to last, and will withstand years of repeated washings and wearings.

      Cost-Effective: In many cases, Screen Printing is more cost-effective than Embroidery.


      Very Durable:  Embroidered images are sewn right on to the garment, so they’re there forever.

      Garment Types:  More suitable for certain garment types such as Outerwear, Headwear, Polar Fleece, and Business Wear.

    • Embroidery Set-Up is referred to as "Digitization", but this is not to be confused with just any old "electronic file" you may have on your computer. In fact, unless you’ve previously had a professional embroiderer program your logo into an embroidery machine, you are very unlikely to have an Embroidery File on hand, and will probably need to have your logo professionally Digitized for Embroidery.

      The Embroidery Digitization is a one-time charge, and you will OWN the digitized file.  Theoretically, you could take it to any embroiderer you wish (although we're sure you will never want to go anywhere other than PrintedShirts.ca!)

  • EMBROIDERING TEXT ONLY: Is the Set-up Less?
    • Definitely. If you have no "pictures" or images in you design, and it’s only text, you may be able to save substantially in Embroidery Set-Up Charges, especially if you are not required to use an extremely specific font. There are many basic Embroidery Fonts that we can use to typeset your text for a fee closer to the $40 mark. Again, this is a One-Time Charge.

  • KEEPING EMBROIDERY PRICING DOWN: How Can I Keep My Embroidery Costs To A Minimum?
    • Price is a function of the number of stitches in your design. Embroidery pricing is affected by:

      • The complexity of your design (more complicated = more stitches)
      • The size of your image. The larger the design, the more stitches it takes to recreate it
      • The number of locations that you choose to embroider
      • The number of garments you are having embroidered. It starts getting "reasonable" around the 24 unit mark
    • What's the fewest we'll do?  We get this question ALL the time. In most cases, the minimum quantity for embroidery is 12 - 18 units.

      You're welcome to choose the garment you have in mind from our catalogue and select "Get Quote" (either Printing or Embroidery) and enter the number of units you have in mind.   You will be notified if you've entered a number below the minimum for a particular product, and you will be advised of the minimum for that product.

  • THREAD COLOUR CHANGES: Can The Thread Colour Change For Different Garments?
    • Yes. It makes perfect sense that some garments will look better with one thread colour and other garments will look better with a second thread colour. Our policy is to offer the first Thread Colour Change at no charge. There is a nominal charge for each subsequent thread colour change. One of our friendly Customer Service Reps will be happy to discuss this further with you.

  • LARGER EMBROIDERED IMAGES: What's The Largest Image Size You Can Embroider?
    • Because the size of the embroidered image directly affects pricing, most people tend to keep embroidered logos relatively small. You’d be amazed at the level of detail that can be achieve in a 3" x 3" area! However, we very often do larger embroidered images (for instance "City Champions" across the shoulders of a jacket), and these are no problem. Realistically, you’d probably not want to embroider an area larger than about 11" x 11".

  • FONTS: What Fonts Can I Use For Embroidery?
    • We have a good selection of basic fonts. If you only require text in your embroidered design, and if you are able to use one of our standard fonts, your Embroidery Set-Up Charge can be significantly reduced. (See Embroidering Text Only, above). However, if you have a very specific font, we will actually recreate your design letter by letter. It now changes from "typesetting" to "artwork", and will likely be more expensive than a "stock" font.