Embroidery vs Screen Printing

When it comes to branding your clothes, there are two main ways to get your design on your shirt: embroidery and screen printing. Each of these have their own advantages, and which one is best for you will depend on what your needs are.

What is embroidery?

Embroidery is the threading new fabric into an existing fabric. When it comes to embroidering your shirts, polos, or corporate uniforms, it simply means that we’re threading your design into a underlying piece of clothing. Whether it’s a logo, a name, or an image, your design will look most professional and clean with embroidery.

At Laser Screen Printing & Embroidery, we use embroidery digitizing. This converts your artwork into a digital file that then runs the embroidery machine. This technique creates an unmatched product in precision and quality.

What is screen printing?

Screen printing is one of the most common ways to get your design on fabric. With screen printing, your design is made into a stencil and the ink is then forced through a screen into the fabric. Screen printing allows for more flexibility in design than embroidery, because the design is literally printed onto the fabric.

At Laser Screen Printing & Embroidery, we can either work with your existing designs, or you can work together with our design team. Screen printing works best on darker materials, designs that need a high level of vibrancy, or specialty products.

Embroidery vs Screen Printing: What do I need?

There are two main considerations when it comes to choosing between embroidery and screen printing. The option you need will be determined the following considerations.

First of all, embroidered designs are thought of being the classier option. The threaded design will appear three dimensional, and the coat that protects the embroidery work gives an extra appeal to the design. Screen printing, on the other hand, looks exactly like what it sounds: a printed design on a shirt. They can be one dimensional, however screen printing offers more options in terms of color and design choices.

The second consideration is the application: what you’re going to use the design for. When it comes to corporate uniforms, embroidery is generally thought to be the default option. Millions of companies use embroidery to decorate polos and shirts to make their staff easily identifiable. Screen printing is often used for larger designs, or designs that require a front and a back print, or on large runs of promotional items, like tote bags. It also brings a smooth surface to the final result, which is more important with a large print than a smaller one.

Whatever type of apparel branding or decoration you need, our experienced staff at Laser Screen Printing & Embroidery Edmonton location can provide you with the best solution. If you know which method suits you best, please contact us for an embroidery or screen printing quote. If you’re not quite sure yet, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions and help you choose the best option for your application!