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{short description of image} Custom Embroidered Logos & Designs
begin with High-Quality Digitizing
Digitizing is the most important part for creating high quality Custom Embroidery. Embroidery digitizing or coding, originally referred to as "punching", is the art of creating embroidery "stitches" from text or printed graphic art. Digitizing creates instructions allowing a logo to be stitched on a commercial embroidery machine.
We utilize state-of-the-art digitizing software using advanced vector art graphics allowing for fast, affordable and precision conversion of high end business logos, artwork and text into superior custom embroidery. If you already have a Digitized file, we accept Tajima DST file formats.
We do our own Digitizing IN-HOUSE! High-Quality, Affordable and FAST!
Digitizing is a one time expense. Once your Logo, Artwork or Design is digitized
you can re-order as many times as you wish with no additional costs.

There are no digitizing costs for setting up simple text, monograms or names using standard fonts.
Free Digitizing on ANY APPAREL ORDER over $150!

{short description of image}{short description of image}LOGO AND THREAD COLORS: Embroidery thread colors may vary from the actual colors in your logo. Pantone PMS and RGB color matching are NOT used for embroidery colors. Our Digitizing software analyzes the colors in your logo and recommends a thread color which appears to be a close match.

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Please provide us with the proper thread color number. Also keep in mind that colors on your personal computer monitor may vary slightly from the actual thread color based on your computer monitor settings.

LOGO SIZES: Logos placed on shirts or jackets in a left chest position should not exceed 3.75" x 3.75" in size. Most Logos are usually sized to fit within 3 to 3 1/2" wide. Logos are placed above pockets not on them. Embroidery on the back of jackets or hoodies typically is sized to fit within 12" x 12", but larger areas are possible.

LOGO EMBROIDERY ON HATS & VISORS: Hats have a limited surface area to embroider on depending on the style of the hat, basically 1.75" up to 3" high. Low profile or unstructured hats should be limited to embroidery 2" high, while structured higher profile hats can accomodate embroidery up to 3" high.

The majority of logos for Mid or High Profile hats is 2.5" high, there are substantial limitations on using designs up to 3 inches high. Even if the hat is a high profile, that does not mean that it can accept every 3 inch design. Many problems occur with large 3 inch designs including, shape distortions at the top due to the change in curvature on the hat, inadequate manuvering room for the embroidery machine to move and operate properly. The majority of embroidery on hats is 4" to 5" wide, but we have the ability to embroider up to 270 degrees around a hat for side facing logos.

{short description of image}Many customers get confused when they see Urban style hat designs being sold with crazy embroidery all over the hat, including embroidery on the bill, then following up onto the hat; or designs seemingly going from the very bottom edge up and over the top crown, or even embroidery over straps or along the edge line of the bill.

ALL of these are referred to as "Manufactured Hats", in other words, the hats are made that way. These styles are done overseas in China on flat fabric, so basically anything can be stitched anywhere. Then the fabric is cut and sewn into the hat. It is impossible to offer that type of embroidery and styling on existing hats.

Do we offer manufactured style hats? Absolutely! You can do almost anything you want since the entire hat is made to order, any color, any style, the list of features is enormous, BUT the MINIMUM quantity for ANY order is a gross or 144 pieces and the lead time is 90 Days, AFTER all approvals! If you have any questions, or need a price quote just call or email us.

Visors have minimal area to work with. The maximum vertical area for embroidery on a Visor is usually 3/4" to 1" high. Basically, Visors should be used for text or very small simple logo images only.

puff 3d embroidery 3-D or PUFF EMBROIDERY: Yes, we offer 3-D or Puff Embroidery. Its a simple technique of incorporating a unique embroidery foam into your design which makes the design dramatically stand-up or PUFF. Can any design be made into puff? No! Puff needs width, but not too much width. Typically, the preferred width is 1/4 to 1/2" wide, designs which are too large or too wide cannot be converted into puff, same applies to objects or lettering which are too small or thin. The only way for us to give you a complete answer is if you email you design to us and explain what you want to do.
Custom Made to Order: Logos and designs cannot be embroidered onto the Bill of a hat, Hat straps, All-Over a hat or along the edge of a bill. These are all techniques which are done in mass production overseas before the hat is a hat. Its referred to as flat goods. All the embroidery and decoration is done on flat fabric which is then cut and sewn into the hat. YES, we do offer the capability to have hats made this way for you, however, the minimum order quantity is 144 pieces and the lead time after all approvals is 3 to 5 months.

{short description of image}LOGO NO-NO'S: Embroidery is NOT printing, if your logo or artwork includes drop shadows, color gradients or shading, we will have to discuss how to make the color scheme conform to embroidery. Color gradients or shading are not practical in embroidery. We have some tricks, but there are limits on what can be achieved with needle and thread.

We cannot duplicate color gradients within small individual letters, numbers or other small objects, gradient effects can be reproducted only within larger objects or shapes. Certain color gradients can be dealt with. This is done using thread layering and over stitching.. Although this achieves a gradient type effect, it also adds considerable stitching to any logo. Our fish example shown below demonstrates this technique. Notice that there are several areas where colors are layered over colors at the tail and gills.

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{short description of image}The use of gradients may increase the overall embroidery cost by as much as 30% to 60% or more depending on the number of layered colors and overall size of the logo or design. Because layering adds substantially more stitches, the added quantity of stitches does not work on all types of fabrics such as lightweight, thin or stretchy knits.

Typically, we can do a 2 or even 3 color gradient effect. But, when gradients have many more colors, then trying to reproduce that with embroidery is not considered the best approach unless the embroidered image is very large, i.e. a full size jacket back.

LOGO TEXT AND LETTERING: Letters which are too small or certain font styles do not embroider well. Consider the difference in height between Capital Letters and Lower Case Letters. Fonts with serifs, i.e. little points or thin lines at the ends of the letters, look great on letterhead, business cards and anything that is printed, BUT those fonts do not embroider well especially when they are small. It is very difficult for needle and thread to recreate those. Avoid small lettering using fonts with serifs such as: TIMES ROMAN, BODONI, BOOK ANTIQUA or COOPERPLATE.

Avoid excessive outlining of letters, especially on small letters. Thin lettering including narrow fonts like Times Roman, brush scripts, handwriting styles just to name a few, should not have outlines, unless the letters are at least 1/2" high.

TEXT letter sizes must be at least 1/4" high or
a FONT SIZE of 24 as a MINIMUM at the final embroidered size.

DO YOU HAVE MICROSOFT WORD? Select any font style you like from Microsoft Word, we've got them all and more! When you select text, please let us know the font style, the color, the size and format of capitalization. Not all font styles can be embroidered, please select solid letter style fonts and avoid fonts with graphic embellishments, built-in outlines, intense internal details or objects.

Make your logo really cool with FREE fonts from: www.dafont.com

There are corporate logos and designs which use one-of-a-kind custom or unique fonts which we may not have. When sending a Vector Art File (Ai, EPS, PS, PDF, CDR or CMX), convert the TEXT TO CURVES, PATHS or OUTLINES to reduce the possibility of font conflicts. or send us your custom TTF font file IF you want us to EDIT your text or if you want us to ADD matching text, without your unique font file, we cannot recreate the text properly.

If you are working in Corel, click on the text to be converted, select ARRANGE; then select CONVERT TO CURVES. The text will become a design object and is no longer text.

If you are working in Adobe Illustrator, to convert text to outlines, select SELECT/SELECT ALL. It doesn't matter if other graphic elements are selected. then select TYPE/CREATE OUTLINES. The text will become outlined and can't be edited as text.

Fonts are found in the folder WINDOWS; subfolder FONTS, simply attach the font to your e-mail for download. If you have trouble attaching a font directly from the font folder, you can create a copy of the font by opening your font file folder in a small window and then drag that font to your desktop where you can then attach it to an email. We can only use font files with a file extension of TTF or OTF. If your font is MAC based, find your FontBook and send us the DFONT file.

What format is YOUR LOGO? VECTOR ART or BITMAP (RASTER):

{short description of image}{short description of image}Bitmaps are images made up of little squares. Imagine creating your logo using graph paper. There are no lines, no arcs, no shapes, just lots and lots of little squares. So all outlines and edges are ragged and jagged, not smooth. Bitmap files include BMP, GIF, JPEG, TIFF and many more. All paintshop programs and digital cameras use bitmaps only.

Bitmaps cannot be scaled very well. Its very difficult to take a bitmap image which looks great when its the size of a postage stamp and make it the size of a wall poster. If you send us a bitmap file, PLEASE, make sure it is sent as large as possible. We need a resolution of least 300 dpi or higher. Copying images from the internet will always result in low resolution 72 DPI images.

{short description of image}{short description of image}Vector Art is an image made up of points and lines. It is a mathematical formula which defines the shape. Each line has a start, a finish, a length and a direction. No matter what, math controls the shape, so circles are really circles, and lines are perfectly straight. Re-sizing an image or logo is a snap with vector art because the mathematical formula is built-in and is always working to control proportions, so no matter how small or how large you want your logo to be, it will always be exactly the same.

Vector art works best for embroidery. Almost all corporate logos developed by professional graphic design firms are in Vector Art formats. Vectors are the standard in graphic design, printing and publishing. Vector file formats include: Ai, EPS, CDR and some PDF, there are many others, but those are the most popular formats.

FABRIC GUIDELINES FOR EMBROIDERY:

Embroidery is NOT a one to one replacement for printing, patches or heat transfer vinyl lettering. Although embroidery is done with needle and thread, there is a limit to the amount of stitching any fabric can hold. Logos, Text or Artwork in excess of 10,000 stitches may cause slight pulling on the surrounding fabric, especially on very lightweight, stretchy, loose or open weave fabrics such as most T-Shirts, Lycra, Spandex, polyester knits/blends, polyester mesh, terry cloth or rayon fabrics.

Embroidery thread is heavier, stronger and a tighter density than the surrounding fabric. If your project requires large, dense embroidery over 10,000 stitches, please select heavyweight fabrics with an ounce weight higher than 7 ounces OR high-quality fabrics with tight weaves including denim, double pique, oxford cloth, cotton canvas, poplin, twill, wool, flannel, fleece or microfiber. Avoid the least expensive shirts you can find for large stitch count embroidery, there is a reason why low-priced shirts are low-priced. The quality of the knit is barely able to hold the shirt together, let alone alot of stitching. Selecting a shirt which costs less than the embroidery makes little sense. Many inexpensive polo shirts use the term "Jersey Knit" which is nothing more than a T-Shirt with a collar. Jersey Knits are not suitable for large embroidered logos of any kind.

Embroidery will always look best on strong, closely knit fabrics. Open knits or loose knits such as "jersey knits", lightweight piques, waffle knits, rib knits or similar fabrics which are uneven may cause very thin or very small lines or letters to sink down into the fabric or get lost in the weave because there is not as much fabric to hold the close stitching together.


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