About Our Customisation Methods
Embroidery is the process by which a badge is sewn into a garment using a computerised embroidery machine. This process gives a high quality and long lasting finish that is most suitable for club badges and small logos to be placed on a garments chests, sleeves or trouser legs.
In order for us to produce an embroidered badge we need a convert the file into a .dst file - this is the format that the embroidery machine can read. This is know as the digitisation process, there is a standard one off charge of £12.00 so we can set your badge up. Once your badge is set up, the standard price for an embroidered badge is £3.95, however this can change depending on the size and/or quantity.
If your badge is newly set up, we will send you a visual run off of the badge which will need to be signed off before we can embroider the badge onto your garments. At this stage, you can make changes to your badge to ensure it looks as you would like.
- Long lasting - as embroidery is done with thread, it will hold up to daily wear and washing. An embroidered badge will often outlast the garment is is embroidered on provided it is looked after correctly
- High quality finish - whilst other methods of customisation have different qualities/suitabilities, in our opinion nothing looks better than an embroidered logo when done correctly
- Suitable a wide variety of products - embroidery can be used in circumstances where printing is not an option, such as on fleeces, hats and caps
- Can become more expensive than other methods of customisation - depending on size and positioning of the logo, it can become very costly. We would always recommend printing customisation such as sponsor logos for example
- Loss of detail in some logos - we do not recommend embroidery when there is a gradient colour change in logos. It is also difficult to make small text easily readable
We offer multiple different methods of printing, such as one colour vinyl, full colour vinyl, direct to garment printing.
One Colour/Full Colour Vinyl Printing
Vinyl printing is the process of cutting and weeding vinyl to be printed on top of the garment. This gives a clear, vibrant finish that is perfect for customisation such as printed names, numbers, initials, text and sponsor logos.
In order to print vinyl we need the logo to be in a vector format (.ai, .pd., eps files). This allows the machine to print and cut the outline of the logo into the vinyl, so it can be weeded into the correct shape before being heat pressed onto the garment. If you do not have this type of file we offer a logo redraw service for £15.00 - just send us the best, clearest version of your logo you have and we will do the rest.
If your logo is newly set up, we will provide you with a visual mockup created by our in-house design team. This mockup will need to be signed off before we print your items, and you can make any changes needed to ensure your logo looks as you would like. There may be limitations to your logo which can affect the design, however we will provide you with multiple options on your mockup. Any changes that have been made to your logo on mockups will be explained to you by the sales team.
Vinyl Printing Pros
- Perfect for names, numbers, initials and sponsor logos
- Clear/vibrant finish
- Cost effective
Vinyl Printing Cons
- Durability - as vinyl is printed on top of the garment, it can be liable to cracking and peeling after multiple washes
- Can be difficult to produce small text and details on one colour vinyl. The solution to to this is adding an outline to the logo and printing on full colour vinyl
Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing
DTG printing is the process in which a logo is printed directly into the garment. It is great for large complex designs, however it only works on garments with a high cotton content therefore it is not often used printing on sportswear.
The process is much the same as a regular inkjet printer, with the printer spraying ink onto the garments through print heads. Colour ink can be printed directly onto white garments, making the designs bright and vibrant. Printing on colour t-shirts is slightly different, as the garments have to be pre-treated first. Once the items have been pre-treated, a layer of white ink is printed, with the colour ink being printed on top, making the process more time consuming and more expensive.
Our DTG printer works in the RGB colour model, so logos must be provided in RGB if the colours are to appear accurate. We can print any logo format on the printer, however the logos will appear on the garment exactly as they appear on screen - if the logo is pixelated, the print will be pixelated. Vector file formats work best as they can be resized without any pixelation, however any high resolution .jpeg or .png will be look fine. If required, we will send a visual mockup of of the design to you to sign of before we print the garments.
DTG Printing Pros
- Produces a high quality, long lasting finish as deign is printed into the garments
- Great option for large designs with multiple colours
- Does not require logo in a vector format (although this helps)
DTG Printing Cons
- Cotton garments only - not used often in sportswear
- Variable cost depending on size of logo/colour of the garment it is being printed on
- Customisation placements can be limiting