A quick google of “embroidery services Singapore” will immediately give you tons of results. The next step is to find out which of these companies is the perfect fit for you? You can check out our article on how to get the most reliable and affordable direct embroidery services in Singapore here to get a great decision quick!
But when you are searching the internet for direct embroidery services, it’s good to know a few basic things about embroidery like the differences of direct embroidery and 3D embroidery that will not only save you more time but understand what’s going on.
In this article, we will list a few things to know about custom embroidery that is true to most of the embroidery services Singapore has to offer.
1. Embroidered logo requires digitisation
This could be a surprise to most people. But, so what if an embroidered logo requires digitisation? Well, it comes with a price. But it is a one-time payment for every artwork. If you order 50 pieces of polo with the same logo, you only have to pay for the digitisation once. In the next year that you order another set of polo but now in a different brand, BUT with the same logo, you still don’t have to pay.
So working with just one great supplier for you embroidery needs pay off. As long as they deliver the goods, is pleasant to work with and helpful – you know you’ve found a great partner!
2. There are default embroidery fonts
Now that you know that digitisation comes with a fee, then how about individual names? Do I have to pay a digitisation fee for each name?
Well, the answer to that is, yes. It is a possibility that you might have to pay for each name – ONLY if you require to use a very special font.
The better and more practical option would be to ask your direct embroidery services supplier for the available embroidery fonts. Saves time and money when you require a personalised name for each of your apparel orders.
3. There is a minimum text height of 4mm
Why do you need to know about this, you ask? Because this is something that is easily overlooked. This usually happens to taglines of logos where a letter height could only be 2mm height on a desired logo size, especially if the tagline is ridiculously long. It also happens to website URLs as well.
That’s why, it’s good to consider the text height.
Some suppliers will distort the small text just to meet the 4mm height. But we do it differently here in Ark Industries, as we have a process to give you reasonable advice and let you know if there will be necessary modifications needed for your brand artwork.
4. Gradients cannot be done
Gradients are cool. If it’s really really required to be embellished in apparel, the best option would be to print it. It will even look better.
For embroidery, it cannot be done. Googling gradient embroidery will yield a few results. Some are handcrafted, some are machine made.
But those are the new specialized machines, but at the time of writing, the demand for gradient embroidery is very low so most of the embroidery services Singapore has do not really offer this specialized service.
5. There will only be a select quantity of colours
Most professional and corporate logos will only have a select number of colours. Commonly, 2 colours only or 8 colours at most. There is a reason for that in terms of functionality and aesthetically. Most of the embroidery companies in Singapore won’t offer more than 8-9 colours for embroidery.
Multiple coloured logos or artworks tend to come from amateur made logos and are not very common.
6. Grunge artworks will lose a lot of details
Some fancy artworks like the grunge effect will lose a lot of details so it won’t be very exact. It is a good thing to expect as by now, you should know that there is a big difference when transforming an artwork into embroidery.
7. There’s Direct embroidery services and 3D embroidery services
Knowing what you want, what you need and what is available is a really helpful thing. Knowing if a supplier is capable of 3D embroidery services from the start will be beneficial for you to plan ahead on what you want.
You can check out our article here if you would like to know the differences between Direct embroidery and 3D embroidery services.
8. The three main stitches that you will see in any direct embroidery services
This information will come in handy especially when you are doing in badges/patches.
What are they?
1. Satin Stitch
A series of flat stitches that are used to completely cover a section of the background fabric. This is the primary embroidery stitch and will be the most common.
2. Running Stitch
Also called a straight stitch, it basically is a stitch that is worked by passing the needle in and out of the fabric at a regular distance. Used if the effect needed is a thin line. Also used on very small text/details which will definitely result in a not so clear detail.
3. Fill Stitch
Can also be called as a satin fill stitch with a main purpose of filling a huge area with embroidery. Commonly used on badges.
So those are the 8 things that would be helpful to know about custom embroidery. If you are interested, we highly suggest that you meet with our sales representatives as there are things that are better to see in person such as the differences between direct embroidery and 3d embroidery services. Call us or email us to schedule an appointment!