Screen, Heat Transfer, or Custom Embroidery Printing? 

a rainbow of embroidery threads
a rainbow of embroidery threads

What Can We Print?

When preparing to launch a product or promote your business, you will need to come with a list of items that you can customise. Whether you are looking for custom t-shirts, caps, coffee mugs, tote bags, or keychains, you need to identify the best print to use. 

Before seeking a company providing custom embroidery printing in Singapore, it is best to find out if custom embroidery is the best choice. 

Custom Embroidery Printing

Embroidery stitches are perfect for marketing clothing, such as work uniforms, aprons, caps, blankets, and t-shirts. Technology has today made it possible for businesses to reproduce embroidery prints quickly, so you need not worry about having your bulk orders delivered within a short period. 

Embroidery prints last a long time when done on the right fabric. Thick fabrics are ideal for embroidery printing. However, very light fabrics, like satin, when embroidered can be elegant because it gives an impression of a permanent wrinkle that alters the general appearance of the garment. 

However, light fabrics also need to be handled delicately, which may be a challenge for some people. This is why it is best to choose woven fabrics that are easier to embroider and maintain.  

Embroidery threads also come in a range of colours and thicknesses. 

Custom embroidery is ideal for simple designs. Complex designs with multiple lines can easily be overwhelmed with embroidery stitches, which are usually thicker than other prints.

The other downside of custom embroidery in Singapore is the cost is usually a little higher than that of other prints.  

Custom Screen Printing

Screen printing is another popular method for customising promotion apparel, like t-shirts. Not only do companies hand out screen-printed customised t-shirts to promote their services, but many online stores sell such t-shirts bearing images of some of the popular destinations. 

Like embroidery printing, screen printing has limitations. For example, you cannot use more than four colours per custom print. This is because one screen is used for every colour. 

Using multiple colours complicates the screen printing process, so many companies in Singapore offering screen printing services limit the number of colours to use. 

The quality of the screen print depends on the quality of the image. High-definition images result in a vibrant print. When low-definition images are used, the print on the t-shirt may appear faded. 

One feature that screen printing and embroidery printing share is the possibility of layering colours and shading for visual effects. In custom embroidery, threads of different colours and thicknesses are used to create this effect. 

The downside of screen printing is the cost increases with each layer of colour added. So, if you wish to have vibrant, multiple colours but have a tight budget, you may have to consider an alternative custom print or reduce the number of colours to use. 

Heat transfer printing

As the name suggests, heat transfer printing involves printing a design on a special paper and transferring it onto fabric using heat. Heat transfer prints tend to integrate better onto the fabric than screen prints. The other advantage of this method is the design can be complex, and there is no limit to the colours you can use. 

Unfortunately, heat transfer printing can be costly for bulk orders. Another drawback is, unlike embroidery prints which are durable, heat-transfer prints may fade over time. 

In Conclusion

These are the three main types of custom printing in Singapore. The pros and cons of each method will help you decide on the best custom print to use. 

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