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What is the Difference Between Screen Printing & Embroidery?

For people who are not in the custom printed shirts business there is confusion sometimes between the two most popular forms of apparel decorating. Custom Printing is a method at which the material is imprinted using a screened frame, squeegee and plastisol ink. There is a lot that goes into producing a screen printed product. Screen printing is used on a variety of materials such as, apparel, stickers, labels, signs, etc.. Embroidery on the other hand is used solely on cloth material. In today's world embroidery is produced by using thread, computers and an embroidery machine. An embroidery machine is similar to a sewing machine. An embroidery machine uses a needle, thread and a bobbin. As in embroidery, screen printing uses computers to help produce the final image that you see on all the t-shirts in the world.

A computer is the main source for outputting artwork for the screens that are necessary to print an image onto a shirt or any other material where screen printing is the chosen method of decoration. Screen Printing has gotten a bad reputation over the years because of printers that do not take the time or responsibility necessary to ensure that a garment is cured correctly. Cured simply means, dried. If the ink that goes on a shirt isn't properly dried before it is put through a wash cycle the printed image will start to crack and fall off the shirt. Steps have to be taken to ensure that this doesn't happen. The number one source of the problem is the dryer that the shirts go through to cure the ink that is printed on them. If the dryer is properly maintained and synchronized to each job then the problem will cracking and peeling will not occur. Screen Printing is a much more affordable method of decoration.

However, embroidery seems to be the preferred method in some cases. Where as screen printing is great for any type of t-shirt, embroidery has what seems to be a more professional look to it. Business owners usually choose embroidery for their decoration method when they are in the market for apparel items such as polo shirts, woven shirts, caps or visors. Embroidery does cost more then screen printing because the price is determined by the number of stitches in the logo. It may take 10,000 stitches to produce the same image that one single screen can produce in screen printing. So if you're going for that more professional look for your business chose embroidery.

If you are on a budget chose a screen printed image on your business apparel. That extra savings could allow you in the long run to purchase that next piece of equipment that you need to take you to the next level. We at Amarisas hopes this helps you understand not only the difference between screen printing and embroidery but it also allows you to make the best decision on your decorating method for your next custom apparel purchase.

We have good experience in producing quality custom screen printing. Our custom t-shirt design program is designed to save you money on the expense of having a graphic artist create a custom t-shirt design for you. You design your own t shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts, make your own shirts, tank tops and more... There are 100's of design templates to work with or you can create your own t-shirts design for custom t-shirt printing job. We have 1000's of clipart images available for custom logo designing and for creating the perfect T-shirt for your event. Custom Printed T-shirts are fun and easy to create in The T Designer.


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