Embroidery is an ancient art that has been with us for many thousands of years, and it's always ranked high on the list of ways to make clothing as beautiful and unique as possible. Today, custom embroidery continues with the help of modern machinery and software programs - and it is as popular as ever!
Modern custom embroidery is largely used by businesses and sports teams to create shirts, jerseys, hats, jackets, special gift items, and more with the company/team name, logo, and messaging. But it is also popular among individuals looking to customize their attire.
Here are the basics of how the modern embroidery process works:
1. Submission of Order
First of all, customers will explain exactly what types of materials and products they are ordering and what text, if any, they want embroidered onto the garment. An image or physical example of the logo or artwork to be embroidered must also be submitted.
It's amazing how detailed, sharp, and durable the end-product can be with modern embroidery methods - and you can often submit the requests over the Internet and preview what the products would look like online too.
2. Digitizing Images
Upon submitting, say, a business logo, it first has to be checked to make sure modern embroidery machines can handle it. If so, then the image is transferred to a computer outfitted with high-tech embroidery software - or an object is scanned, as it may be.
The software will tell the stitching machinery which stitches to use, where, and with what color thread. The digitization process is key because the software and embroidery machinery are limited by the quality of the image-files received.
3. Actual Production
Modern, computerized machines can put in as many as 1,000 stitches per minute with incredibly accurate results. This is possible because of the power of the software but also because many modern machines have 4, 8, or even 12 heads - and a separate garment can be embroidered by each head simultaneously.
There's a lot of work that goes into setting up the machine properly, and you have to use a machine rightly sized for the product to be embroidered. But all garments have to be held in a "hoop" of appropriate size and shape - and with a temporary backing piece of material (called a "pellon") used to help the stitches hold better.
4. Inspection & Finishing
After the embroidering has been stitched in, it's time to remove the pellon and to trim off any excess thread. Sometimes this has to be done after each stage of a multi-stage job, and sometimes, the machine can do instead of it being done manually.
The finished products will then be inspected by the embroidery company, steamed, folded, and put into boxes ready for delivery to the customer.
Some may lament the change from the old hand stitched embroidery of the past - though some few venues still provide such a service. But for most customers, the speed, convenience, and high quality results of today's machine-and-software guided custom embroidery process is most advantageous.
The marriage of modern technology to the ancient skill of embroidery has made it affordable for every business, team, or individual who wants to create unique, branded apparel of the highest quality to do so.
To learn more about how custom embroidery works, or to place your order, contact Sportsanity Custom today! We handle orders of all sizes and descriptions, including bulk orders.