One of the most common questions asked when getting custom T-shirts is whether embroidery or print will be better to create the best aesthetic effect for the shirts. And as with many things in life, there isn't a clear answer to which one is better; it all depends on what you are looking for. So, if you are having a hard time deciding between embroidery and print, whether it's for custom T-shirts or custom jackets or custom athletic wear, take time to read this post!
The type of usage for custom apparel
Although there are no strict rules dictating that embroidery should be used for this type of clothing, or print should only be used for that type of clothing, you can always use the usage factor to help you in making a decision. For example, if you are printing custom apparel such as uniforms for your company, it is always better to go with embroidery as the effects tend to offer a more professional look.
If you are customizing T-shirts as promotional giveaways, they are usually printed so that the cost can be kept lower and you can get more T-shirts within the same budget. For custom apparel that is going to be used as team wear, embroidery is usually used on the front as a small logo to create the professional image while individual numbers are printed at the back to reduce the cost of printing the team wear.
The type of design you want on your custom apparel
When you want to choose between embroidery and printing, think about your design. If you have a large design, you should always go for printing instead of embroidery so that you can cut the costs of customizing the shirts. In addition, large embroidered designs do not look very good. If however you are going for a simple design such as a logo or a crest, embroidery is always recommended as it will provide a better aesthetic effect.
On the other hand, even if you are going to use a logo design but your logo is very complicated with many different design elements, embroidery might not be able to provide a great image as compared to print in such cases.
The type of apparel that you want to customize
Again, note that there is no strict rules dictating why you cannot do things a certain way but our recommendations are based on what is commonly used. If you are going to make custom cotton T-shirts, printing is usually the better choice. This is because such T-shirts are usually more lightweight than say, Polo shirts, so when you do embroidery on T-shirts, a high-stitch count embroidered design might most likely pucker and pull at the fabric.
Also, Polo shirts are wash resistant compared to the common t-shirts after many wash cycles, so to justify the higher price you are paying for embroidery services, you should get printing for your cotton T-shirts since it's more cost effective. Of course, if you are using Polo shirts which are usually made of the honeycomb material, the best type of effect can be created with embroidery on the shirts.
Well, if you ever find yourself in a tight spot deciding between embroidery and printing for your custom apparel in Canada, don't fret. All you have to do is simply talk to us and we can always guide you through the selection by discussing your specific needs with you first. Leave the guesswork to us!