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Embroidery is great option of customizing your apparel, bags, and other fabric items. It is common among buyers to decide whether to print or embroider their logo or graphics onto their clothing item.

Screen printing put a simple print on the apparel whereas an embroidery gives a much more expensive look and feel to the apparel. And also, embroidery is a little expensive that screen printing. However, unlike screen printing it is not charged per color but on the number of stitches on the design.

Embroidery provides a more prestigious looking and harder wearing personalization solution. An embroidered logo is perfect for workwear when the garments will be washed frequently. But, it is mostly opted by customers who want to give their apparel a premium look, especially to items that are special and they plan on keeping it for longer time with them.

However, Embroidery is not easy; it is riddled with problems and takes a bit of finesse for the job. So, here are our top six problems in embroidery:

1. Puckering

Embroidery used to be a manual process but today, it is often accompanied by machines. Human set everything up and the machines do the rest of the work; because it is fast and precise. However, if the embroidery technician is inexperienced, things may pan out differently. On of the most common and horrifying problem is called puckering. It don’t show up immediately after printing but definitely after being washed. It is caused by too much tension on the garment during the sewing process. Puckering is what it looks like in the picture.

2. Bad Density

The poor density of the embroidery artwork has to do with the digitizing process. Embroidery digitizing is a process of converting existing artwork like a company logo into a stitch file that an embroidery machine can sew on a garment.

It takes a keen eye and an in-depth knowledge of not only the software used but also the embroidery machine, thread and the material being decorated. It may look spot on the screen, but when it comes to the physical piece things can change.

The density refers to how close the stitches are to each other. Too high density will lead you paying more than you should, and low density means the stitches will be far apart and your design will have open spaces and would look like something is missing.

3. Digitizing Small Text

Embroidery is primarily used for designs placed on the chest of polos and tees and more often it involves numbers and letters. These areas are small and requires the design needs to be made accordingly. This is where everything goes wrong, because most embroiders then to overdo lettering. When too small and tiny lettering is given to fit into a small area, it brings trouble. It would typically lead to an improper letter sew-out and it is prominently noticeable after the embroidery is done.

4. Inconsistency in Color

There are many manufacturers of embroidery floss, each with its own hues and shades. And there are many manufacturers of inks too. The problem is when you are creating both an embroidery and print version of the same design, the color many not match up. So, now you have to make sure that the colors match. The best way to do this is to get PMS color profiles and make sure that both of your embroidery and print decoration look the same. The blueprint on the embroidered emblem should look exactly the same as the blue heat press vinyl.

5. Inconsistency in Placement

It is commonly for embroiders to print the same emblem on various shirts, but placed differently. Some are placed a little under, some are tilted etc. There really isn’t much you can do when it has already happened. So, it takes a bit of experience and finesse to produce the embroidered design exactly at the same place every time.