To prepare your design for embroidery we need to convert your digital image into an embroidery friendly format. This process is called digitising, where we convert your image into a virtual threaded design – one that our embroidery machines can read and physically sew out. There is an initial, one-off cost for each design.
We can accept any image file, and the higher quality the better, however we can work with low res images.
Once we have your design digitised, we will do a sample for you before we proceed with your whole order. This is to ensure you are happy with the way it stitches out and the colours we have chosen for it.
Once you’re happy with your design, we will apply it to the garments in the position you request. We do this by hooping up the garment with stabiliser and setting up the machines, we then thread up and load your design and the machine then stitches the design onto your products! Voila!
Most garments are suitable for embroidery. We run into issues when people want embroidery in awkward positions (such as pockets) where we might not be able to fit the arm of the machine. If you have any unusual requests we will always aim to work with you, or provide creative solutions to make things work but some things are not possible.
Unfortunately we cannot embroider reversible garments, as the design will not look the same from the back. Infact, embroidery can look pretty messy from the back! Another issue would be if the fabric is too thick- for example, leather or over seams. This would compromise the quality of the embroidery and potentially even break our machines, eek.
Other than that, we’re all yours.
We can order in any items from Continental Clothing’s Earth Positive or Salvage ranges, or any product from Stanley/Stella. Browse their collections and let us know what you’d like to use.
We use Madeira Classic thread, a 100% natural rayon viscose thread largely used in the embroidery industry. It is suitable for all kinds of embroidery, and is available in 4 different thicknesses. The standard is No.40, but is available in No.12, No.30 and No.60. No.12 is the thickest available while No.30 and No.60 are thinner and used for smaller details.
Madeira thread, made in the European ‘green’ city of Freiburg, Germany, is our brand of choice because of the extremely high quality of their thread, as well as their focus on sustainability.