How to Choose Between Screen Printing and Embroidery When Personalizing Products 

With advancements in technology, there are unlimited custom designs that can be produced on apparel and products using screen printing and embroidery methods. Each technique has its advantages depending on the type of design, type of apparel or product, and the volume of the order. 

Anything Personalized uses various techniques to perfectly design custom products for customers. After reading this, you will easily be able to choose between screen printing and embroidery when it comes to your next custom order with us.

The Screen Printing Method

Screen printing is the superior method for transferring personalized designs onto apparel and flat-surfaced products due to the extensive choice of colors that can be used that won’t fade with each wash. There are unlimited design options that can be created using this method, even on darker fabrics. Screen printing is a manual process of transferring thick ink from a mesh screen onto apparel or other products with a flat surface. It is a more labor-intensive method, but the benefits are worth it.

The benefits the screen printing process include:

  • Quality, high-end output 
  • More durable, long-lasting prints
  • More affordable for large orders
  • Ideal for high-volume orders 
  • Easy to print exactly where you want
  • Ink that is raised and soft to the touch
  • Works on a variety of fabrics (t-shirts, polos, hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets, activewear)
  • Works on a variety of products with flat surfaces (tote bags, beach towels, pillow covers) 
  • Produces more vibrant color and bolder designs
  • Doesn’t fade with each wash
  • Unlimited design options

Screen Printing Apparel 

Screen printing uses a much thicker ink that lays on top of the shirt and has a much softer feel to it when touched. Screen printing involves using a mesh screen that’s placed over the t-shirt and then brightly colored ink is dragged across the t-shirt to create the design. Since the ink in screen printing is applied thicker, it results in brighter, more vivid colors. Screen printing is compatible with most fabrics and you can easily produce hundreds of products with the same design at a blazing fast speed, which makes this method ideal for high-volume orders.

Screen Printing on Products

Since products are printed by hand in screen printing, your design of choice can manually be transferred to just about any product with a flat surface. The same screen printing process that is used on apparel is used on products, although the types of inks used might vary depending on the product. 

Customers can screen print numerous products with a flat, soft surface, including:

  • T-shirts
  • Rally towels for sports events (tea towels)
  • Pillow covers

When You Should Use Embroidery

Embroidered company polo

Embroidery is done with an industrial embroidery machine that stitches threads directly into the garment. Embroidery creates a polished, high-quality look that withstands wear and tear. It continues to be a popular method of personalization, especially for logos, because it provides a long-lasting, refined and elevated look since the thread is sewn directly onto each product. 

Embroidery is best for hard-to-print-on products and softer items that can be sewn with thread and needle. It lasts longer than screen printing, retains color well, and there are endless possibilities when it comes to products that can be embroidered. 

Popular products that can be embroidered include:

  • Shoes 
  • Beanies
  • Stuffed animals
  • Napkins and placemats
  • Backpacks
  • Baseball caps
  • Denim 
  • Aprons

Every custom-order method requires skill to perform and for best results it is recommended to order from a custom screen printing and embroidery company known for its great service. Anything Personalized is your partner in custom screen printing and embroidery and can help you find literally anything you want—personalized. 

Choose a product to start customizing with Anything Personalized today!