All art files are re-drawn as digital stitch files in preparation for embroidery. The best embroidery comes from very clean, high quality digital files. Vector format is preferred.

  • Specify fabric type when submitting a logo for embroidery. An embroidered logo may look different when sew on different fabric types. By specifying the fabric type, we can digitize for the best embroidery for that material.
  • Submit Adobe Illustrator vector art files for best quality embroidery.
  • Smallest letter size can be no smaller than 1/4” tall.
  • Thin lettering and small detail does not embroider well on deep pile garments.



Digitizing is the process by which we translate digital art files into stitches. The first part of the process is a virtual drawing that maps the stitches we will use to embroider the final logo. This is done using specialized software.


Once the garments are sewn, we remove the excess backing from the embroidered design. Sometimes a tear-away backing is used, and it can be pulled off. Other times the backing must be cut, or trimmed, from the back of the garment.


If desired, we carefully fold and bag each embroidered item to protect the garment from potential damage in shipping.


We prefer to create an actual stitched out sample to be sure. We’ll make any tweaks or adjustments from there and send the final sew out to you for your blessing.


Our highest capacity embroidery machine has 15 heads. Many times orders are larger than 15 pieces. A production run for embroidery is called running the lines because we produce the order in a line of 15 at a time.


The embroidery hoop has a tendency to leave a ring on certain garments. This does not damage the fabric. We simply steam these items to return them to their pre-embroidered appearance.


An embroidery hoop is a plastic ring that snaps around the area of the garment to be sewn. This step is designed to stabilize the garment as the needle sews the fabric.


Stiff fabric applied to the inside of the garment to keep the embroidery stitches stable through embroidery, wear, and wash. There are 3 types of backing:

  • Tear Away Backing – Tear away is the most common type of backing used. It is the quickest and easiest to remove for the most common types of embroidered garments ordered by our customer. Tear away backing is used on the sturdy, strong fabrics such as caps, dress shirts, back packs etc.
  • Cut Away Backing – Cut away is used on softer materials that we embroider. This type of backing eliminates the tendency of a fabric to pull away from the embroidered logo when using tear away. We use cut away backing on knit fabrics such as pique.
  • Poly Mesh Backing – This backing is used only when requested as there is an additional cost. Cut away and tear away backings are sometimes a little visible on light colored garments or very thin material. Fabric backing is silky, super light and barely visible on even the most fragile materials.

Location Codes:

LP – Left Pocket

LB – Left Bottom

RC – Right Chest

LC – Left Chest

RB – Right Bottom

COR – Collar Right

COL – Collar Left

LS – Left Sleeve

RS – Right Sleeve


LW – Left Wrist

RW – Right Wrist

UB – Upper Back

BA – Back (fill)

BB – Back Bottom

URS – Upper Right Sleeve

ULS – Upper Left Sleeve

COBC – Collar Back Center