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Printed vs Embroidery: What to Choose for Your Garments

October 12, 2023

At First Avenue Supplies, we specialise in adding customisations, such as logos, to various clothing items. This is perfect for work uniforms in many different sectors.

Our vast product range includes everything from PPE to polo shirts, to Hi-Vis items and everything in between. When it comes to adding the company logos, what is better? Printed vs embroidery?

Printed vs Embroidery 

There are pros and cons to both printed and embroidered logos. It depends on the materials, size and colours required.

Printed Logos

Here are some of the pros and cons of printed logos on clothing.

Pros of Printed Logos on Clothing 

Cost-Effective: Printing logos is more cost-effective than embroidery, especially for bulk orders. This is because the process of printing is less labour-intensive.

Detail and Colour Reproduction: Printing allows for intricate details and various colours. It’s especially good for designs with gradients or photographs, as this is very difficult to achieve with embroidered logos.

Fast: Printing is quicker than embroidery, which involves stitching each thread individually. This can be crucial for tight deadlines.

Suitable for Lightweight Fabrics: Printing works well on lightweight and delicate fabrics that may not hold up well under the weight of embroidery.

Cons of Printed Logos on Clothing

Not as Durable: Printed logos may not be as durable as embroidered ones, particularly if they undergo frequent washing or abrasion.

More Likely to Crack and Fade: Over time, printed logos can crack or fade, especially if not cared for properly or exposed to harsh conditions.

Not Ideal for Thick Fabrics: Printing may not work well on thick or textured fabrics, as the ink might not adhere properly.

Embroidered Logos 

Here are some of the pros and cons of embroidered logos on clothing.

Pros of Embroidered Logos

Durability: Embroidery is highly durable – far more durable than print. It can withstand repeated washings and harsh conditions, making it ideal for workwear and uniforms.

Premium Appearance: Embroidery often gives a premium, high-quality look that can convey a sense of professionalism and attention to detail.

Texture and Dimension: Embroidery adds a raised, textured element to the garment, which can make the logo stand out.

Long-lasting: Unlike prints, embroidered logos are less likely to fade, crack, or peel over time.

Cons of Printed Logos

Cost and Time: Embroidery is generally more expensive due to the intricate process and time it takes. It’s also slower, making it less suitable for rush orders.

Limited Detail: While embroidery can include a fair amount of detail, it may not reproduce very fine details or a wide range of colours as well as printing can.

Not Suitable for Delicate Fabrics: Embroidery may not work well on all fabrics – particularly very delicate fabrics or materials as the stitching process can damage them.

Not Ideal for Large Designs: Very large or complex designs might translate poorly to embroidery.

Printed vs Embroidery 

When it comes to printed vs embroidery on your garments, several aspects should be taken into consideration;

  • The delicacy of the fabric
  • The durability required
  • The size of the logo
  • The colours required

If you are looking for company workwear with a logo and are unsure whether to choose printed or embroidery for your garments, then contact the team at First Avenue Supplies today – we can advise on the best option for you.