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Embroidered Workwear VS Printed Workwear

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

Whether you’re looking for a new uniform, workwear or merchandise, deciding whether to opt for embroidered clothing or printed clothing can be a difficult decision.

If you’re stuck deciding whether printed workwear or embroidered workwear is right for your business, we’ve compiled a few points that will help you choose. Read on to find out more.

Printed Workwear and Embroidered workwear

What is embroidered workwear?

Embroidering company uniforms involves stitching your branding or logo directly into your workwear using automated machinery.

The high-tech process of creating embroidered workwear ensures your logo is replicated with complete precision. The machines can be loaded with any thread and can have up to 14 colours per logo.

What is printed workwear?

Personalising clothing using print involves using a direct-to-garment method. Your branding or company logo is printed with precision, directly onto your branded workwear from a computer image.

How to choose between printed and embroidered workwear:

The longevity of the design

Generally, embroidery is longer lasting than most printed workwear, as it is designed to last the lifetime of the garment.

It’s recommended that those working in healthcare professions or the construction industry opt for embroidered work clothes as uniforms are often washed more regularly and at higher temperatures.

However, if your design is for a one-off event, printed workwear is an affordable solution.

What type of garment are you printing on?

One of the main reasons it’s important to offer several different workwear printing methods is that different techniques work better on certain garments.

Whilst some branded workwear can be embroidered or printed, such as customised t-shirts and branded hoodies, other fabrics, like Hi-Vis jackets, cannot be embroidered.

Which branded clothing can be embroidered?

- Hats

Which customised garments can be printed on?

What is the purpose of your branded clothing?

Considering the purpose of your branded workwear clothing can help you decide whether printed workwear or embroidered workwear is the best choice for your company.

Branded workwear uniforms tend to utilise embroidery due to their professional appearance and longevity. Whereas promotional clothing for one-off events tends to be printed due to its affordability.

What does your design look like?

The nature of your design can have a huge impact on how your personalised workwear will look.

Large designs:

Embroidery is considerably more expensive if you want to cover a large area. If your design is grand and vibrant, digitally printing your garments is considered the best option.

Simple logos:

Embroidery is best suited to logo application on a small to medium-sized scale. Embroidered company uniforms look professional, detailed and are often more durable than their printed counterparts.

Complex designs:

Either embroidery or print works great when applying complex designs to your customised workwear. Embroidery machines are capable of stitching up to 14 colours in one small to medium design. Whereas digital printing can allow complex designs to be printed onto large areas, allowing you to achieve exactly what you were after.

What is your budget?

The cost of your branded workwear clothing will depend on various factors, including whether you opt for an embroidered workwear design, a printed clothing design, your quantities, and the design you are printing.

As a general rule of thumb, printing your branded workwear is often more affordable. Whereas, embroidering your customised clothing is more expensive.

What’s next?

Investing in branded company workwear is a great way to build your brand awareness and ensure your team look professional. Whether that be through embroidered company uniforms or branded printed workwear, the choice is yours!

To help you ensure your workforce looks professional, we’ve put together over 10 pages of the best-branded workwear from leading manufacturers. You can download our brochure by clicking here.

If you still can’t decide, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 0116 259 9955 or email and our team of experts will be happy to recommend suitable branded clothing for you.


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