High quality embroidery is our specialty! With over our 35 years under our belt, we've embroidered all kinds of things. From personalized caps, jackets, polos, towels, backpacks - and more! Our minimums are low and we have a wide variety of items available to be embroidered. Whether you need 6 jackets embroidered or 500+ polos for your company or team, our experienced embroidery professionals can help.
Our minimum order quantity for custom embroidery is 6 pieces - based on each individual job setup.
Turn Around Times
Our standard turn around time for embroidery is 10-12 business days. Please note that production time begins after receipt of order AND artwork approval.
Orders CAN NOT go into production without prior artwork approval. Please keep this in mind if there are defined due dates for you order, as rush charges may be incurred. Any job requiring production in less than our standard turn around is considered a RUSH ORDER and is subject to production schedule availability.
Outhouse's artists and digitizers select the thread that most closely matches the assigned Pantone color. If no PMS color is called out in the art file, we will match the screen image as closely as possible. If you would like to pick your own colors, choose from our thread book. Additional charges may apply.
Types of Embroidery
Good embroidery really comes down to the digitizing process. If the art isn't digitized well, it's not going to sew well. Outhouse Designs excels at digitizing - producing beautiful, award-winning results.
Below is a breakdown of our embroidery methods:
The walking stitch (also known as the running stitch) is great for creating detail and is typically used to embroider company logos or other images. Larger retail companies tend to use the walking stitch embroidery to get a handmade look.
The satin stitch creates a flat, glossy finish that almost looks like satin. Satin stitch embroidery is great for outlining letters and filling in small colored areas of larger embroidery designs.
The fill stitch is used to add color to larger areas.
A piece of foam is applied to your design to give it a raised, 3D look. Available on all cap styles but structured caps tend to look best because they offer additional support. This technique works best on larger shapes.
Appliqué refers to various types of fabrics cut into a desired shape. It is typically used as a background to simulate a patch-style effect. We most commonly use cotton/polyester twill or felt.
There are a number of steps that go into creating a beautiful embroidery piece. The process is as follows:
REVIEW ART SUBMISSION
When reviewing the art, we look for fine detail, gradients and small lettering that may not translate well. We'll be sure to make a recommendation or give you some options if your logo will not embroider well on a particular garment.
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.
We create an actual sample sew out for client approval. Any final tweaks or adjustments are made at this time.
An embroidery hoop is a plastic ring that snaps around the area of the garment to be sewn. This hoop is affixed to a head on the embroidery machine to stabilize the garment as the needle sews the fabric.
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. This step in the process is referred to as trimming no matter which method is used.