How will garment selection affect my embroidery?

Not all garments work well with all designs. Exceedingly thin or stretchy materials can distort when decorated with large, dense designs. Fuzzy, high-pile fabrics are poorly suited to designs with unsupported thin lines and small text, as surface fibers can swallow up small details or hang over a finished design.

The construction of a garment can also affect outcomes. For instance, unstructured caps are easily distorted by large and dense designs, while the dense support material of some structured caps can deflect needles, degrading the quality of small lettering and details. Design placement and stitch quality may even suffer on some garments irrespective of the fabrics due simply to the orientation and thickness of seams, pockets, or support materials.


Erich Campbell

Erich has more than 18 years experience as an award-winning digitizer, e-commerce manager, and industry educator. He empowers decorators to do their best work and achieve a greater success. A current educator and long-time columnist, Erich takes every opportunity to provide value to the industry.

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