Why does custom logo embroidered apparel take so long?

This is a question we get asked almost every day.  It’s a good question and one for which there is a logical answer.

Actually, creating custom logo embroidered apparel does not take any longer than it did ten years ago. Part of the answer is that our expectations have changed. With Amazon Prime and companies like Zappos, many of us have been trained to think items can be pulled off the shelf and shipped the same day in order to arrive the next day.


A logo being embroidered

The broadest answer to the question is that we are making a custom product. No two orders that leave our facility are the same.  Everyone is different. So we are manufacturing each order to the specifications of each and every customer.  That takes time and that prevents us from being able to manufacture items ahead of time so they are ready to ship out when the customer is ready to buy them.

The second reason it takes longer is the fact that we do not carry any inventory of the items we embroider. We have to order in those items from the manufacturer when they are ordered from us by customers.  We can usually get those items fairly quickly, but it does take time as we are not pulling anything off the shelves.

One of the reasons we do it is this way is because it keeps our costs and prices down.  It would be a huge expense for us to physically inventory every size and color of every shirt we offered.


Logo on a black shirt.

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Original art from customer.

And finally, it takes time to set up the artwork for each specific logo that we embroider. Every logo has to go through a set-up process where we take the flat graphic image we get and create a custom image for embroidery.  That process can also take a couple of days to make sure we get it right.

So while our turnaround time of about 10 business days is among the fastest, we are not able to ship orders as fast as companies like Amazon.  Primarily because they are shipping products that have already been manufactured and we are creating something custom specific to each customer’s needs.

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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.


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.


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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