Although both are equally attractive, you must choose the one that fulfills your requirements. The choice would depend on a lot of factors. While there are several techniques used to decorate custom work apparel, especially corporate logo apparel–but the most common methods are embroidery and screen printing.
However, each has unique benefits meaning that they work better for certain types of work attire. With this being said, here’s a description of what is screen printing and what is embroidery?
Embroidery is decorating fabric with a needle and thread. It gives a garment more dimension and allows your logo to stand out. Embroidery thread is coated and the sheen from the thread helps to add the 3D effect to your garment.
Screen printing is where a design is set on a silkscreen or other fine mesh and ink is forced through onto the printing surface – your garment. Screen-printed designs often look like they were painted or printed on. They offer the ability to create large, detailed designs that might not be possible with embroidery. However, these designs are one-dimensional.
Here is a look at some factors to help you choose the best type of custom t-shirts that works for your purpose.
About the Fabric
The type of fabric you choose for your custom t-shirts affects your choice of whether to go with screen printing or embroidery.
If you are printing a t-shirt with a thin fabric, then you should go with screen printing, as embroidery will not sustain on such material. It may start to pucker.
About the Design
If your design has intricate elements, then screen printing alone can bring out the complexity. Since the design is printed as it is, it is possible to bring out the details in the design effectively. Large designs are also best printed with screen printing.
Opt for embroidery if your design or logo is simple but defined and needs only a small area. If you choose embroidery to design a large artwork, then there is a chance of the garment stretching distorting the image.
About the Color
Embroidery printing uses stock threads. Though there may be many different colors available, there is a limit. At times, it may not be possible for you to get the exact shade you want.
With screen printing, there is no limit to the colors you can use. Also, with screen printing, matching with Pantone Colours, becomes easier.
About the Garment Sustainability
If you are printing custom t-shirt uniforms or polo t-shirts, invest in good quality fabric because they need to last. Also, in such t-shirts, the design will be simple, and hence, embroidery is the best choice. It will also lend a classy and sophisticated look to the outfit.
If you are printing for certain marketing campaigns or if the fabric is lightweight, then screen printing is ideal. Anyway, in such fabrics, embroidery won’t work. Also, you will have a large order wherein embroidery will also turn to be expensive. With screen printing, it is possible to print a larger order at a reasonable price.
Screen printing is what you need if the fabric is thin, the order is big, and the design or artwork is large and complex.
Embroidery designs lend a classy look but only if the design isn’t too hefty. So, choose as per your order. Whatever printing option you decide on, ensure you have quality and appealing custom t-shirts. After all, custom t-shirts that are not attractive or wearable cannot be called custom t-shirts.