When ordering customized apparel, there are two different routes to take: embroidery or screen printing. Determining which option best suits your project can be a difficult decision, but it helps to understand the pros and cons of each.

Pros and Cons of Embroidery

Embroidery is the process or sewing a logo onto a fabric, such as a shirt, jacket, or hat. Embroidery is a great way to customize your organization’s apparel. It is clean, crisp, and makes your logo stand out, making it a great option for professional organizations. Additionally, embroidery is long-lasting. If done correctly, it will not fade or snag after continuous washing. Instead, your embroidery will become a permanent part of your clothing’s fabric.

Despite the benefits, embroidery is not the ideal option for every project. Generally, embroidery is more expensive. For large projects, some organizations choose screen printing instead. Additionally, you typically pay by the thread count, so embroidering large logos isn’t the most cost effective option.

Pros and Cons Screen Printing

Screen printing uses ink to print your logo from a screen onto the item you want to be customized. Screen printing looks great and, when done right, will last a long time. Unlike embroidery, which is only done on fabrics, screen printing can be done on a variety of materials. Whether you want to put your organization’s logo on coffee cups, tote bags, stress balls, or t-shirts will get the job done. Overall, screen printing is less expensive than embroidery so it is ideal for large orders and large logos.

Although it works on a variety of materials, it doesn’t work well on thick or fuzzy materials, such as a fleece jacket. For these instances, embroidery might be a better option.

Generally, most jobs also take a little bit longer than embroidery projects. A customized screen of your image has to be made for your design, which may take some time. Of course, every project is different. At Wild FX Signage & Print, we follow a strict production schedule, so contact us to get a time and cost estimate.