The Difference Between Embroidery and Screen Printing

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Here at Johnny Battle we provide both embroidery and screen printing for all of your logo apparel needs but before you order you should understand the difference between the two to make sure you are ordering what is right for you. There is a difference between Embroidery and Screen Printing, but it is something that not everyone is aware of. They both share the same general idea of implementing a brand name onto a garment, but they differ in appearance, labor cost and application.




Embroidery is most commonly used on Polos, hats, jackets and bags. When we embroider a garment, we are actually sewing thread into the garment in order to create your logo's design. In comparison to screen printing, an embroidered logo would come up off of the shirt to create somewhat of a 3D look. (You can enhance this 3D appearance even more by ordering Puff embroidery. This is usually only used on hats.) This embroidered look is known to be more classy and professional than regular screen printing which is why companies often choose to embroider items for their professional team rather than using screen printing. The most common place to embroider a logo on a polo, t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket or button down is on the left chest. Some people opt to have the logo on the sleeve, and when they do it is usually on the left sleeve. For Baseball hats and beanies, people usually want their logo embroidered on the front.



Screen Printing:


Screen Printing can be done on a variety of different products apart from clothing including cups, pens, water bottles and notebooks. The screen printing process essentially uses ink in a stencil and quite literally prints your image onto your item like a printer does with regular paper. This allows for much more detailed designs than embroidery. Screen printing is also superior if you have a large design as it doesn't interfere with the integrity of the shirt like a large embroidered logo would. The catch with screen printing is that it costs increasingly more when you order a logo that has multiple colors. This is due to the fact that for every color in the logo, the shirt needs to be run in the system again. If you are looking to have a smaller yet very colorful design put on a shirt I would encourage you stick with embroidery.

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  • I’m thinking of getting sweaters for me and my kids and have it embroidered for a personalized look. I read in this article how embroidery would come up off of the shirt to create a 3D look. Thanks for the information!

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