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Apparel

 

Screen printing or Embroidery

Which one is best?

Screen printing involves creating a stencil (printers call this a "screen"), and then using that stencil to apply layers of ink on the printing surface. Each color is applied using a different stencil, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look. All screen printed items must have the same artwork, but the cost of screen printing is determined by several factors.

How many do you need? 

The more items you are printing – the less costly the item is per piece. The minimum screen printed order is 12 pieces.  There are several price breaks: 

12-35 shirts 

36 – 73 shirts 

72 – 143 shirts 

144 – 287 shirts 

288 and up

 

How many colors? 

Because each color requires a different screen, a 1-color imprint is usually the least expense.  There is an additional fee per piece for each added color.

How many locations? 

The most common screen printing locations are the front left chest and the entire back.  While the price to print is not necessarily determined by size of imprint, it is affected by the number of locations requested. Other locations include printing on either sleeve or printing a full front imprint.

There is a $25 setup fee on all new screen print orders.  This includes the cost of setting up artwork to the customer’s satisfaction.

People usually choose screen print over embroidery when they are purchasing casual apparel such as tee shirts, a larger quantity of items, or they would like a larger area in which to advertise.

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Embroidery involves stitching pictures, scenes, or decorative accents on cloth or other materials using a needle and thread sewn by a machine. Most customers choose to embroider items such as polo shirts, button up shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, bags, blankets, hats and other products. 

The cost of embroidering an item is determined by how many stitches are involved in sewing the logo.  Cost is usually figured per thousand stitches.  Most logos will fall into the 5000 to 7000 stitch range. In order to get an exact quote, a customer needs the logo “digitized.”  This is a $35 non-refundable setup fee. The digitizing fee is the cost of having the logo transferred to a digital file for the embroiderer to use in setting up the machine.

Another factor in quoting embroidered items is the number of thread colors involved in stitching the logo.

A customer wishing to use embroidery on apparel is not limited on the number of items ordered.

Caps are an excellent marketing tool for any business or organization.  But, finding the perfect cap can be tricky. We are here to help! We offer tons of options including a custom cap program! Custom caps offer 3 areas of embroidery included in the cost, so you get more bang for your buck!  Give us a call and let us help you design the perfect cap for your business or organization!