There are two main options for putting a design on clothing – Printing or embroidery. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.
Company uniforms and workwear might be given a company logo, or further designs such as the staff position (Assistant Manager, Driver …etc.). Uniforms with corporate logos and tittles like this give an air of professionalism. This looks good for customers and helps company solidarity.
Printing is the most common method used for mass produced clothing. It has always been relatively cheap when done in large quantities, and can achieve good results. With modern computer scanning technology it can be reasonably cheap even for small scale orders.
- Printing on clothing is reasonably inexpensive.
- Ideal for large designs.
- Sharp images and edges. Fine for small designs.
- Gradient colouring (fading tones, shading) are easy to achieve.
Disadvantages of Printing on Clothing
- Less durable than embroidery.
- Colours will fade over time and exposure to bright light.
- Only works for flat surfaces.
- Fine for some fabrics (cotton), but not for other fabrics (fleecy material).
- Printing is not something we expect to see on professional uniforms.
- Embroidery is durable, and lasts at least as long as the garment.
- It looks professional
- Reasonably wide choice of colours.
- Can be done on pockets, sleeves, caps and other non-flat surfaces.
- Works on almost any type of material
Disadvantages Workwear Embroidery
- Embroidery is expensive, though it gets cheaper with large orders.
- Cannot reproduce fine details or intricate designs.
- Cannot do gradient colours.
- Difficult and expensive to do large designs
- If the garment fabric shrinks the embroidery will be compromised.
Most professional company uniforms will use embroidery. There will also be a strong tendency to use better quality clothing, such as collared shirts or at least polo shirts. Occasionally a company might use a printed T-shirt or hoodie for more casual operations or when the shirt will only have short term use (employees at an outdoor festival).
- Polo shirts
- Formal collared shirts
- Hats and caps.
- Tablecloths and towels.
Embroidery on uniforms and accessories can look very professional. Our computer technology makes embroidery accessible.
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