Welcome to embroidery basics where we’ll take a second to look at the sewout process from start to finish.

First thing to take into consideration is the resolution limitations of embroidery. The smallest stitch is about 2 – 3 millimeters across or roughly the thickness of a penny and the longest stitch is about 7 millimeters so thickness of a pencil.

Knowing that, imagine recreating your art out of building blocks that are no smaller than the 2 millimeters, that would represent the maximum resolution possible. Let’s also think about stitch count, the cost of embroidery is based on the amount of stitches used to replicate the design. As a guideline a solid square inch is roughly 2,000 stitches. Pricing can be found here.

All projects start with the art and garment.  When initiating a project we take into account the following: Will the art fit onto the desired location on the garment?  Does the changing size of the garment affect that condition? Will the machine and hoop fit on the garment in that location?  Will sewing in that area potentially damage the garment?

Once we’ve covered the bases on sizing and location we’ll digitize the art for embroidery. Digitizing is the process of programming the art in a format that the embroidery machine can use to sew the design out. Think of it like a roadmap that the machine uses to find it’s way around the design.

Once the digitizing, measuring and compatibility checks are all wrapped up it’s time to start production. In order for the garments to be loaded onto the machine they must first be hooped. Hooping is the process of putting the garment into the frame that then mounts to the machine, the most common types of hoops are hat hoops and flat hoops. Hat hoops are circular to accommodate the the contour shape of headwear and flat hoops are used on 2D objects like jackets and tees. Shown below flats on the left and hats on the right.

Like screen printing quality embroidery is all about set up. Understanding the limitations and advantages then leveraging them to get a desired outcome.

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Why work with The Foundry over other shops?

  1. Ability: Our 4,000 sqft shop is full of top of the line equipment and experienced operators. With garment printing, embroidery, patches, sewing and printed vinyl all in one place we are the one business relationship for all your private label needs.
  2. Creativity: Our staff is passionate about apparel, art and trends both current and classic. This passion drives a know-how in our design and application approach to creating custom apparel. We help take your ideas and put them into a format that is both compatible with and unique to your intentions.
  3. Resourcefulness: We always promote the scenario where quality and affordability meet. There are multiple ways to execute any custom apparel project and you can count on us to plan around the best results for a practical value while maintaining our quality first credo. The Foundry’s extensive in-house resources makes for as little 3rd party vendor involvement as possible.
  4. Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to the quality of product and customer experience. We encourage our customers to share their thoughts to help us meet our commitments and deliver elevated results. Understanding the customers expectations, meeting them and managing concerns is what makes us Seattle’s one stop shop for quality custom apparel.
  5. Convenience: It is our job to know the process and be able to convey that information to the customer for their assurance. Our invoicing system outlines all of the garment and print information. We provide detailed mockups for every project with live approval and payment links. As well as due date and shipment tracking all from a single invoice view. This makes staying in know about your project easy and streamlined. We can ship to anywhere in the country or you can pick up from our location in South Seattle.

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