4 reasons to consider logo embroidered backpacks

Have you noticed the number of people carrying backpacks around these days?  And it is just not students or young people.  It is business people and professionals who have once again discovered the utility and value backpacks can provide whether travelling for business or just carrying your stuff to the office each day.

110172_Black_GA13In this article we will explore four reasons logo embroidered backpacks might make sense for your company or organization.

For backpacks, it all starts and ends with utility and versatility.  There are a wide range of styles and colors available.  You can find just about any pocket configuration to hold those specific items you carry around on a regular basis.  Whether it is a laptop, a tablet, files, papers, water bottles or just about anything else, you can find a backpack that will carry your stuff.

bags-bg202-lBackpacks make for a great tool to promote your brand with an embroidered logo. Most logo embroidery on backpacks takes place on a pocket.  Whether being worn on the back, over the shoulder or sitting on a seat next to you on the bus, the logo is very visible to everyone around you.  A great opportunity to build your brand.

Depending on where it is carried, a backpack will produce tens of thousands of impressions a year. And all of those impressions and exposure are good for your company and brand.

backpack-TG0243-sHere is something else to think about as you consider the third reason.  Most backpacks get used almost every day.  At minimum a backpack gets used a few days a week.  A custom logo embroidered polo shirt may only get worn once before it has to go into the wash.  But a back pack is always on the job, always being seen and that creates many more impressions for your brand.

Finally, logo embroidered backpacks make great gifts.  They are less likely to be rejected or disliked by people due to style, color or size when being given away. One of the challenges in giving away an embroidered polo shirt is the variety of sizes you need to fit everyone who might get one.  If someone gets a shirt as a giveaway and it is the wrong size, style or color for them, in all likelihood, they won’t wear it.

backpack-BG611-sWith a backpack, those problems are eliminated and it is more likely to that it will get used and carried around.

As you can see, backpacks make for great utility, exposure and value for your marketing efforts.  Consider a logo embroidered backpack today.

 

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Get blank samples of logo embroidered shirts to get the size right

One of the biggest challenges when purchasing custom logo embroidered apparel over the Internet is getting the proper sizing and fit.  We at Thread Logic understand that challenge.  We want your logo apparel to fit as well as you do.  Because when you look good, we look good.

k500 home pageOne tool that is available for customers to help with that challenge is a size chart.  For many people that is all the information they need in order to find something that will work for them and their employees.  The size charts we provide come directly from the manufacturers are very helpful and accurate.

But sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you just absolutely have to try something on before making a decision.  Ok, we get that too and have worked to make that process and simple as possible.

The best solution in that case is to get a blank sample of a shirt.  We ship blank samples of polo shirts and button down shirts to customers all the time.  Our blank sample process is to charge for those items up front and then credit you back when they are returned.  That credit can be in the form of a credit to your credit card or we can credit your order as well.

There is a $5 charge for shipping and handling but that charge covers shipping both to you and back to us.  After we ship the samples, we will email you a return label to get the package back to us.

We recommend not getting every size you think you might need however.  That is really just overdoing it.  Most people can get just a couple of sizes and figure out what is going to work best for them from there.  For example, trying on a large size will tell you a lot of things.  It will tell you if the large works or not.  If it does, great, decision made.  If it does not fit well, it will probably tell you if you need to drop down to a smaller size like a medium or move up to a larger size like an extra-large.

The biggest disadvantage of getting blank samples to try on is time.  It takes time to ship out a blank sample and then make a decision.  Sometimes, if there is an event or specific deadline, there may not be enough time to go through that process.

The best situation in which to get blank samples is when you have people to fit that might have challenges in finding the right size.  Otherwise we recommend getting the size you would normally wear.

But getting blank samples is a great way to figure out exactly what you need and make sure the fit is something that will work for you.

If you would like to order a blank sample, you can call us at 800-347-1612, email us at customerservice@thread-logic.com, or place the order online.

If you choose to order blank samples online, place those items in our shopping cart.  During the checkout process there is a field called “Special Instructions”.  In that field enter “BLANK SAMPLES”.

The shopping cart will display a $15 shipping charge.  We will adjust that to $5 after receiving your order

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What does shrink resistant mean?

It’s happened to all of us at some point.  We order a custom logo embroidered polo shirt.  It arrives and it promptly goes in the wash.  Excited, you go to put it on only to find out that is has shrunk and it now too small for you to wear comfortably.

Very frustrating, I know.  I’ve been there.

So how can you mitigate that problem when purchasing logo embroidered polos or button down shirts?  The good news, there is a solution.

Shrink resistant fibers to the rescue.

This shrinkage problem has been one that has happened to all of us.  It has not only frustrated shirt wearers, it has also frustrated shirt manufacturers.  Shirt manufactures have been working on this problem for years.  They have realized it is a problem and that the one who solves the problem stands to sell more shirts.

For many years, customers would purchase a whole size larger knowing the shirt would shrink down to a size that would fit them.  In fact, to this day, we get customers asking us at Thread Logic if they need to do that with the logo embroidered polo shirt they want to buy.

Shrinkage happens most often with shirts that are made of 100% cotton.  Cotton is a natural fiber that changes.  Its shape and consistency is always changing-often times based on how it is washed and dried. That includes shrinking.

One solution to address this problem that the manufactures have developed is to treat the cotton fibers which in turn reduces their pliability-it makes the fiber more stable.

In fact, nearly all of the cotton polo shirts on the market today have some of treatment to reduce the amount of shrinking.

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Treated Cotton Polo Shirts

Manufactures have figured out a way to treat the cotton fibers before it is processed into a material that reduces shrinkage.  Different shirt makers call it different things like prewashed, garment washed, preshrunk, etc.  The good news is, these processes work to reduce, but not eliminate shrinking.

It does not mean they won’t shrink at all.  Notice it doesn’t say shrink proof-it is shrink resistant.  There still may be some shrinkage but it is significantly less than without the treatment-most often just 1% or 2%.  With these treatments and processes, shirt makers have eliminated the need to purchase a shirt that is a size too big in order to account for it shrinking down to your size.

The other solution to address the shrink problem is to purchase a shirt that is made partially or totally with polyester.  Polyester is synthetic fiber and very stable.  It does not change based on how it is washed or cared for.  Therefore it won’t shrink after washing.

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Polyester Polo Shirts

I know there are some people who are not fans of polyester fabrics and shirts.  But the polyester golf shirts being produced today are much better than in the 1980’s. They are soft and comfortable and make a great fabric for shirts that won’t shrink.

So there you have it. Next time you are looking for a logo embroidered polo or button down shirt and you don’t want it to shrink, look for cotton shirt that has been preshrunk or a shirt that is made with some amount of polyester and you will be good to go.

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How is a tall size different from a regular size?

If you are a guy who has tried to purchase logo embroidered apparel and you need a tall size, you probably already know the difference between a tall size and regular size.  For you, a tall size logo embroidered polo or button down shirt fits better.  That is probably about all you need to know.  But why does it fit better?

For years, tall men had to suffer with ill-fitting shirts.  The sleeves were short and would ride up on wrists and forearms.  In addition, the length of a shirt was too short to fully tuck into their pants.  Very frustrating.  Tall shirts that are longer in the body help cover up a plumber butt.  How can that be bad?

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Tall Polos

In short, a tall size shirt is longer in the sleeves and the body of the shirt.  The actual length in which they are longer varies slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.  But for the most part it means about an additional 2 inches in the length of the both the sleeve and the body.

There are some men, including me, who are not necessarily considered “tall” but have longer arms.  I need a tall size button down shirt for the longer sleeves to fit comfortably on me.  It is very frustrating and uncomfortable to wear a shirt when the sleeves are too short.  It seems like a small thing, but it makes a huge different in how a shirt looks and feels.

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Tall Button Downs

Men who required tall sizes have traditionally been ignored by shirt and apparel manufacturers. The number of styles available in polos, button downs and jackets was very limited.  And if there was a style available, it probably only came in a few boring colors-black, white, navy and khaki.

The good news is all of that has changed.  There are many more options for tall men to consider.  In many more styles and with many more colors.  It is now much easier to uniform a whole group in matching shirts that will fit well and look group on a large group of people-all in the color you want and not one you are stuck with.

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Tall Jackets

In addition to tall size polo shirts and button down shirts, there are choices for men in other styles as well like sweatshirts, fleece, t-shirts and jackets for those you want a better and more comfortable fit with their clothing.

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How long should it take to get an order of logo embroidered apparel?

We live in a “get it now” society.  Many things can be downloaded from the Internet instantly.  Orders from many companies can be shipped the same or next day. Amazon has changed and is changing the way we order merchandise and how quickly we get it.

With all of that, it begs the question of how long it takes to get an order of logo embroidered apparel. As with most things, the answer is more complicated than the question.  But we can make it very simple for you to understand.

k500 home pageThe biggest reason is logo embroidered apparel takes longer to create-the fact everything is custom made.  Every order that leaves Thread Logic is different because it has a different logo embroidered on it.  Many companies the sell the same product, when an order is placed, they simply pull it off the shelf in the warehouse, package it and ship it out.

But because we have to embroider your order with your logo, it would be impossible for us make your custom logo embroidered shirts ahead of time and pull them off the shelf and ship them when and order is placed.

The second reason revolves around cost control and logistics reasons.  We don’t inventory any product.  When an order is placed, we have to then order those specific shirts from the supplier.  While we are able to get those orders in 1 to 3 days, that still takes some time.

Not carrying an inventory saves us a lot of money and allows us keep our prices down.   Can you imagine if we had to carry every style in every size and color?  Wow, that would be a lot of shirts and a lot of extra costs.

The final reason it can take days to ship out an order is production time.  It takes time to receive, sort and prepare garments for logo embroidery even before they are embroidered.  Then it takes some time to make sure the logo is going to embroider on the shirts exactly the way you want it to.

At Thread Logic, we are shipping orders of custom embroidered logo apparel in 8 to 10 business days.  In this industry that is better than average.  Some companies are able to do it a little faster and most not as fast.  In fact, almost every day we hear from customers who regularly have to wait 4 weeks or more for their order.

We work very hard to create processes and procedures that keep an order moving through the system as quickly as possible.  Yes, when compared to ordering non-custom products, the turnaround time for custom logo embroidered apparel can be longer.  But when compared with other companies providing this service, we are doing it faster than most.

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