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Embroidery is a great way to promote your brand. Custom embroidery gives a professional finish to your apparel. It works best for bold logos and text designs with bold lines. Embroidery must be digitized for the machine to read the design. Digitizing is the process of using special software to create plotting commands for the embroidery machine. The commands are transferred to the machine's logic head by a designated embroidery language. Embroidery can’t quite produce the fine details that screen printing or dye sublimation can due to the decorative thread being a less versatile, less precise medium. Keep this in mind when designing and avoid aspects like thin lines, narrow spacing and small text. Fine, light colored lines might not turn out as expected. Fine lines are created with with a series of thin stitches, and the negative space between stitches can make thin lines look more like dotted lines. Darken up any fine lines and details to ensure they show up in the finished product. We offer around a wide variety of different color threads and can order additional colors if your project calls for it. We also offer Pantone matching, but bouncing light can cause the thread to look lighter or darker in certain areas and at certain angles. Still unsure if your graphic will work for embroidery? Don’t worry! Send us your artwork and our awesome Embroidery and Digitizing Departments will check out your files. They’ll let you know if any changes need to be made and can make suggestions to make your project look incredible. Scroll down to check out some of the techniques we specialize in and find the right one for your project!

Standard   Embroidery

Standard embroidery is a process whereby an embroidery machine is used to create patterns on textiles. It is used commercially in product branding, corporate advertising, and uniform adornment. It is also used in the fashion industry to decorate garments and apparel.  It is available in a wide variety of thread colors and lays flat on the surface of the apparel.

3D    Puff Embroidery

When the embroidery is raised from the surface and gives the embroidery a 3-D effect. This kind of embroidery is known as puff embroidery. The procedure of this embroidery includes making use of a foam rubber. Once the foam is placed down, the shape of the embroidery is done on the foam rubber in a way that the penetrations from the needles cuts through the foam and around the outer edges of the shape to be embroidered. Once the embroidery is done, the excess remaining foam is cleaned up. By doing so, the area around the design becomes clean but the foam remains in place under the design itself hence giving a 3-d look.


Monograms are one of the most popular designs in commercial embroidery. They are an easy way to add extra value with a “touch of class” to a wide variety of garments and other products. A popular trend in three-letter commercial embroidery monograms is a large center letter flanked by two smaller letters. In most commercial embroidery monograms, the large center letter is the surname (or initial of last name).

          How To Get Your Custom Embroidery Done


So you have a great idea to create custom embroidered apparel for your business. What's next?

We'd like to walk you through the custom embroidery process at Creative Graphics, which includes:

  • How your custom embroidery is done

  • The right garments to get embroidered

  • The key embroidery factors to look out for before you order

1 - Select the Garment To Be Custom Embroidered

The first step is to provide us with the details of your project as you request your quote.

What do we need to know?

  • Due date of the project

  • Color of threads to be used

  • Color and fabric of the garment

  • Item you would like embroidered

  • Location of design on the garment

  • Quantity of items to be customized with breakdown of items per size

  • Logo or design to be embroidered 

What We Can Embroider for You

Anything that we can lay reasonably flat and fit an embroidery hoop onto, we can customize for you with quality embroidery. 

The most common items we decorate with embroidery are:

When choosing the right garment to carry your embroidered design well, consider the weight and durability of the fabric. Lightweight performance fabrics need to stretch and be mobile and are therefore best suited to small, clean designs. On the other hand, heavier fabrics like pure cotton, denim, and canvas lend their weight and durability to almost any embroidery design. 

2 - Receive Your Order Quote

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to pricing for custom embroidered apparel.

Some of the elements that influence the cost include:

  • Garment type

  • Stitch count: A big logo can use upwards of 20000 stitches depending on complexity and is more expensive while smaller logos can take as little as 1500 stitches. 

  • Add-on services: If you have a digitization file for hats but order apparel and bags as well, you’ll need new digitized files for each type of item.

  • Complexity and placement of design: For instance, a frontal embroidery design on a cap will cost less than decorating both the front and sides or back as well. 

  • Bulk orders ‌often attract a discounted price.

  • Additional charges may apply for rush orders.

3 - Digitize Your Design

We convert your logo or artwork into a format, which the embroidery machine can execute as stitches. For this, we use software specific to the machine and add the cost of this service into your quote. 

Our machines are manufactured by Tajima who is widely considered the best embroidery machine manufacturer in the world. 

Our embroidery machines require digitized designs—a format that it can  execute.

The key elements of this digitized design include:

  • Embroidery design size

  • Stitch type, which may include one or all of‌: run stitch, satin stitch, fill stitch

  • Stitch direction

  • Embroidery thread colors and placement

  • Trace to ensure the border of the artwork fits within the hoop frame

This is a one time fee per digitized file. So if you re-order embroidered items from us, you will only have to pay the digitizing fee once per design, if changes are made to the design another digitizing fee may be incurred. 

Design elements that present quality challenges to your embroidered design include:

  • Gradients: The machine can only sew so small. If you are blending colors together of fading a color into a gradient, the transition will be more noticeable than digital or screen print.

  • Drop shadows, distressed or textured graphics: Embroidery is physical. Textured, faded, or distressed areas on the graphic don’t come out well.

  • Small text and too thin lines: Tiny details, such as fonts with serifs, often disappear in embroidered design because of the bulk of the thread. Keep lines clean and simple. The minimum text size for embroidery is .25" high.

4 - Finish the Order

After your order is embroidered, there are finishing tasks involved with completing it - trimming excess thread, removing backing, folding, and boxing.

What could delay your order?

  • If your order includes garments or items that go out of stock between order approval and ordering.

  • If you request changes to the order mid-production.

We’re excited when we can bring our client’s vision to fruition, so contact us today to get started. 

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