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Digital Printing vs Embroidery: Which Is the Right One for Your Workwear?


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Title: Digital Printing vs Embroidery: Which Is the Right One for Your Workwear?

Digital Printing vs. Embroidery Which Is the
Right One for Your Workwear?

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  • How to design the best logo on your workwear,
    teamwear or corporate wear?
  • Digital printing and embroidery are the two main
    options that come to mind when you think of
    adding logos to workwear and professional
    apparel. However, one of them can prove more
    useful to your company than the other depending
    on your requirements. While both are used for
    customizing clothes such as workwear, it is
    important to know the specifics, namely their
    benefits, applications, pricing and what they
    entail. So, based on your companys needs one of
    them may suit your needs more. So, lets break
    down these two methods to see what they are
    actually about.

What Is Digital Printing?
  • Digital printing is one of the, if not the most,
    famous and widely preferred methods of companies
    and manufacturers when it comes to advertising.
    Digital printing allows companies to produce all
    sorts of merch and accessories including
    totes, hoodies, workwear, activewear, t-shirts and
    all other stuff that you can include
    in marketing merchandise, in quick succession.
    So, it means that with digital printing you can
    order quicker as compared to other methods. Plus,
    digital printing can also handle intricate and
    complex designs effortlessly with finesse and the
    resulting prints are better than embroidery most
    of the time. 
  • Digital printing, which can also includes screen
    printing, involves a logo being reproduced on a
    piece of fabric with inks that are squeezed
    directly onto the apparel or the uniform you want
    to print on. In case of screen printing, a
    separate mesh is used for every different colour
    that a logo may have. This way, it makes it
    possible to make the designs look perfect even
    when a logo has a lot of colours in it.
  • The process of digital printing is done using a
    high-quality printer, but the clothes are loaded
    and unloaded individually. Once the use of the
    printer is done the garments are sent to a tunnel
    dryer to cure or set the ink.

What Is Embroidery?
  • Embroidery is basically a way of adorning fabric
    using a needle and some thread and is often used
    to personalize clothes such as bags, hats, polo
    shirts, and jackets. When it comes to designing
    logos for professional uniforms, embroidery is
    one of the most common options because it
    delivers an elegant feel to the logo and creates
    a 3D effect. For most companies, embroidery is
    the go-to option because, to them, embroidered
    logos are classier and look more professional
    than modern techniques like digital printing
    or vinyl printing.
  • In embroidery, a companys logo is threaded
    directly into the fabric and the actual stitching
    can be performed manually. However, for workwear,
    you usually need orders in bulk, so it is better
    to use automatic stitching machines to keep up
    with deadlines. For bulk orders, computerized
    embroidery machines are the best way to go
    because they can deliver you your final products
    in no time. You can also find commercial
    embroidery machines with 12 sewing heads and 15
    threads for every head, so you can sew 12 items
    simultaneously and automatically, to save time.

Pros and Cons of Digital Printing
  • Digital printing is more affordable for printing
    your companys logo on a shirt, and it lets you
    print a lot of logos and designs in a short
    amount of time. Plus, it is the preferred way for
    printing larger designs as it can handle any
    style, colour variety, and look that you can
    possibly imagine.
  • Digital printing has the following perks
  • It is much easier to do.
  • It saves time.
  • Digital printing is a great way to promote your
    business by having its logo or message printed on
  • It is also pretty much automated once you have
    your final design.
  • You save more money by mass-producing customized
  • It works with all types of fabrics even if you
    are working with a thin one. 
  • It makes printing complex and hard-to-draw
    designs easier to print.
  • However, there is one major downside of digital
    printing i.e. the designs are not 3D, so you have
    to work with one-dimensional designs. But you can
    deal with that drawback by experimenting with
    bright colours and patterns. 

Pros and Cons of Embroidery
  • Embroidery is without a doubt the winner when it
    comes to classy designs because an embroidered
    logo always looks more elegant especially when
    placed on top of the left pocket of a shirt.
  • Many companies prefer embroidery because of its
    3D look, and you can also have the thread coated
    to improve its vibrancy and overall look.
  • Heres why embroidery is a good choice
  • It lasts longer and has more durability. 
  • It is cost-effective since the design lasts
  • You can use embroidery for very small designs. 
  • Embroidered logos also do not fade even after
    several washes.
  • It works even with thicker garments.
  • However, one downside is that embroidery does not
    really work well with thin fabrics because the
    fabric can easily get pulled during the process.
    Plus, using embroidery for huge logos can often
    end up looking unappealing and messy unless they
    are extremely well designed.

So, Which Technique Is Right for You?
  • Depending On Your Price
  • If you have a big team, and you are looking for
    an order in bulk then digital printing is better
    for you. It can offer you a quick turnaround at a
    cheaper price and as a result, you can pay less
    even for a complex design or logo.
  • On the other hand, if you only want to print a
    small logo then embroidery is a better choice for
    you. Plus, it works better when you are making
    clothes for corporate wear or designing polo
    shirts. So, if you have less than a hundred
    shirts or garments to design then go for
  • Even if embroidery costs you more than digital
    printing, it is important to note that the former
    lasts longer because the logo or design does not
    fade no matter how much you wash it. Plus, you
    only need to pay a flat fee for embroidery and
    the price wont depend on the number of colours
    you use. However, with digital printing, the
    price can go up based on the number of colours
    you choose to use.

  • Moreover, if you want to use screen printing to
    print your design then you will need a new mesh
    screen for every colour you need to use for your
  • Another thing to consider is the size of the logo
    because large logos will require hundreds and
    thousands of stitches that can end up costing you
    a lot. Hence, for the bigger ones, digital
    printing is a better option.
  • Depending On Your Fabric or Garment
  • Go for digital printing if you wish to customize
  • Thin garments
  • Workwear or items for promotional events
  • Tote bags
  • Shirts that need front and back images
  • Sweatshirts
  • Hoodies 

  • While embroidery goes better with
  • Caps and hats
  • Jackets
  • Staff uniforms
  • Polo shirts
  • Outerwear
  • Business shirts
  • In other words, if you are working with
    lightweight garments then digital printing will
    prove more beneficial for you because embroidery
    will feel heavy on light fabric. Plus, there will
    be some sort of puckering on the logo because
    the stitches will just create tension. Digital
    printing on the other hand will offer a softer
    handle which is why companies prefer it when
    dealing with larger designs.

The Bottom Line
  • The final thing you should remember is that
    whatever decoration, branding, and type of fabric
    you need, you have to weigh your options
    carefully and think them over to get the best
    results possible. Choose a service that has years
    of industry experience whether it is embroidery
    or digital printing. This way, you can get the
    best outcome to represent your professional
    entity or your business by personalizing your
    workwear or team wear.
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