10 Considerations When Preparing your Logo for Embroidery

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Embroidering your logo onto workwear can give off a professional look that’s hard to match with DTG (direct to garment printing).  But unlike digital printing, artwork can’t be sent to a machine and replicated with hundreds of colors and pixel-perfect precision.  Embroidery requires careful planning to ensure the best replication of your logo in thread.

If you want to safeguard the professionalism of the finished look there are a few things to think about.


Avoid small text

Small text is not ideal for a good looking embroidered logo.  With knit fabrics small text can appear rough and difficult to read.


Avoid narrow text

Narrow text can be harder to read on embroidered clothing and gives off an undesirable look.  Instead consider short, bold text which will be much easier to read and more comfortable on the eye.


Avoid large filled areas

Large areas of color create a heavy look and feel to your logo; try simple outlines or shapes instead.


Avoid outlines and shadows

These don’t tend to offer a great look.  Shadows can be alright if you have a larger logo but it is advisable to go without.


Carefully consider gradients

Color gradients are not advisable for embroidery; they push costs up high and don’t always turn out as you’d expect.  Blending threads is not possible with embroidery.


Consider what is essential

The more complexity you have in your design, the longer it will take to produce and the more costs will be involved; this includes the number of colors in your logo as well.  You may want to consider just 1 or 2 colors for the finished garment.


Should you redesign?

Some logos just simply don’t work well in embroidery.  In this case you should produce a 2nd, simpler version for your clothing.


If you have any questions about embroidering your company logo onto your work-wear don’t hesitate to get in contact.