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.
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.
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.
letter sizes must be at least 1/4" high or
What format is YOUR LOGO? VECTOR ART or BITMAP (RASTER):
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.
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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