Embroidery versus Screen printing

Embroidery uses thread to sew logo into the fabric, offers the ability to use multiple colors and provides a long lasting highly detailed finished product. Embroidered logo will hold their color and keep a crisp look over numerous cleaning cycles. Once a logo has been digitized, it can be saved and used on future apparel orders.

The cost of embroidery is related to the number of stitches. The simplest logos may have 3,000 to 5,000 stitches. More complex designs can have as many as 20,000 stitches. There is also an opportunity to have numerous colors in an embroidered design.

Screen printing is a paint process where the design is painted on the garment, a one color design is the least expensive. Screen print cost varies with the color of the garment and the color of the design. Normally quantities of 24 or more are necessary to make screen printing cost effective. Screen printing is widely used to print front and back designs on T shirts or sweatshirts cost effectively. As the number of colors increase the screen print costs also increase.