87 percent of people you meet will remember you and your company because they meet you wearing your logo. It is one of the best advertising tools you can utilize. We have the ability to find all apparel items and can personalize them with your logo. From polos, dress shirts, jackets, bags, caps, wedding dresses – you name it, we can make it more valuable!
Logos designed for letterhead, business cards, or the web are usually only two dimensional. Embroidered logos are three dimensional. Because that third dimension is achieved by using thread, sometimes it is necessary to make minor changes to achieve the best results.
What Does Embroidery Look Like?
Pictured on the left are examples of standard-sized logos that were submitted to us and what they looked like after we turned them into embroidery. If your logo resembles these samples, odds are very good that it is standard-size. Over 95% of our customers have standard-sized logos.
Unlike most of our competitors, we do not charge a set-up fee to translate a standard logo into an embroidered work of art. We’re confident that our products, services, and people will win you over, and that you’ll be a RectorCom customer for a long, long time. We’re not looking for a short-term revenue boost, we’re looking forward to watching your organization grow and building a long-term relationship. (Visit our Facebook Page for more pics and product examples)
Embroidery Fee and Digitization Process
Every job is a little bit different so we try to build a campaign that is economical and feasible. Embroidering a logo that consists of fewer than 11,000 stitches is usually included in the product price. To embroider a logo with more than 11,000 stitches, we do charge an embroidery fee for the increased amount of time it takes to sew the logo. How do you know how many stitches are in your logo? Email it to us an we can put together a free quote.
Once you place your first order, your logo will be reviewed to make sure that it will translate well into embroidery and that it qualifies for free embroidery. If your logo is not a standard size logo or if it has elements that would not translate, our logo specialists will contact you immediately. Your logo will then be digitized. This is the process where we convert your original logo to a format that our embroidery machines can read. After being digitized, if your logo has more than 11,000 stitches, don’t worry, our Logo Specialists might be able to help you out! In many cases, the stitch count for a logo can be reduced, while still retaining the character and appearance of the logo.
Most embroidery jobs will have no set up fee. Depending on the quantity of the order and the size of the logo ultimately determine if we can economically wave the set up fee. All embroidered logos are measured in stitches. The bigger and more complex the logo, the longer it takes to digitize. We define a standard-size logo as generally having less than 11,000 stitches. Most of our customers’ logos actually require far fewer than 7,500 stitches, so odds are very good that your logo is standard-size.
Logos that are not standard-size are subject to a fee, but don’t worry; when you place your order our Logo Specialists will evaluate your logo, absolutely free, to help you determine what works best for you and your organization. If your logo is complex they will recommend changes to ensure that your first logo can qualify as a FREE logo.
Minimum Text Size
The biggest challenge in embroidery is lettering. At the end of the day, we are still working with a giant sewing machine that uses thread and needles. As a result thickness, letters cannot be smaller than 1/4 inch tall. Most printed logos have text that is smaller than that, and sometimes we need to do a little “reformatting” to keep the overall size appropriate for a shirt. Logos with excessive detail also often need to be simplified a bit to achieve consistent, reliable quality, time after time.
Selecting Thread Colors
OK, your logo has been digitized and approved, and your shirts have been selected. Oftentimes, the color of the thread can make a significant difference on how your logo looks on different color products. Some people order everything in just about the same color. Others, however, like to mix it up a little. Many of our products come in a wide range of colors. It is a simple concept that sometimes gets overlooked and can make a huge difference. If your logo has red in it, it will not show up well on a red polo — so we need to change the color of the thread to a white, grey, or another color in order for the logo to be visible. But if the look you want is a tone on tone – we are OK with that.
Preparing a Garment for Embroidery and the Embroidery Process
In preparing a garment for embroidery, it is first “hooped”. This hoop is then inserted into a frame (called a pantograph) which moves vertically or horizontally as the embroidery needle moves up and down.
When the garment is hooped, a paper-like material called pellon and other materials are often placed behind the garment. This material aids in stabilizing the fabric and improves the clarity of the embroidery. When the embroidery is finished, any excess backing material is trimmed from the edges on the back of the design, and the shirt is lightly pressed and prepared for shipping. When you receive your garments, if you look behind the embroidery you will often see some embroidery backing remaining. Much of this will wash away over time, as it ceases to serve any function. Without it, however, embroidery is impossible.
A typical design only takes about 10 minutes to actually run, but machine set-up, hooping and then removing the hoop, trimming loose threads, packing, and inspecting will generally double this time in production.
The bigger the design, the longer it takes to run. The more complex the design, the longer it takes to trim all the loose threads and prepare the shirt for shipping. Extraordinarily large or complex designs may require an additional run charge. Although this is rare, we will discuss it with you prior to entering your first order. If you wish, we’ll work with you to simplify your logo or reduce its size. Our Logo Specialists are experienced and knowledgeable. Let them put that experience to work for you.
We Are Here To Help!
Whether you need personalized golf shirts for a golf outing, Carhartt jackets for the construction crew, want to give the mayor a baseball hat with your logo on it, need scrubs for the office staff… we can make you look good!
Embroidery rates are figured based on the apparel being printed, the size of the embroidery (number of stitches), and the quantity of items. Rector Com will gladly create or modify art work for you, offer suggestions, and work with you throughout the process.