It can be difficult trying to decide whether to choose print or embroidery when ordering your personalised garments. This is because each process has its own benefits and drawbacks depending on what the garment is required for. We’ve put together this guide to help you decide which personalisation method is right for you.


We use a range of printing methods to produce our customisations; Direct To Garment (DTG), Vinyl, Versacamm, Screen Transfer and Screen Printing. The printing method we choose to use is based upon the artwork uploaded and the garment you have chosen.  For example, for single coloured designs, Vinyl printing may be used yet for multi-coloured designs, which are more intricate, a DTG printer will be used. Also, some garments are better suited to specific printing methods rather than others. For example, most jackets are only suitable for heat press methods, therefore Vinyl or Versacamm may be used.

Once your artwork is uploaded and the order processed, our expert artwork team will decide which method is the right fit for you.

Benefits of Printing

1.Good for large designs

If your customisation is large, print will be the best option for you. With the ability to print artwork up to 30cm wide, printing is great for promotional events, charity fundraising activities or events such a stag and hen parties – anywhere you want your clothing to make a statement.

Some of our customers printed designs used for charity fundraising, promotional events and team wear

2. Good for very intricate designs

If you’re artwork is very intricate, for example a hand drawn design or a photograph involving lots of detail and colour, print will be the best choice for you. Our DTG printers mirror that of a very advanced inkjet printer and therefore have the ability to produce high quality, colourful customisations that are great for intricate designs.

Our customers customisations featuring hand drawn artwork, multi-coloured designs and photographs

3. Lower cost than embroidery

Whilst embroidery customisations require a one time set up fee of £9.99, there is no set up fee for printing. Therefore, if you require garments for a one off event, printing might be the best option for you as you will be charged a lower price than embroidery. However, if you require customised garments that are likely to be used regularly, embroidery could be a better option for you as traditionally, it is more durable than print.

Our printing department at our Manchester warehouse


Embroidery involves sewing a design onto a garment. We currently use modern industrial embroidery machines to give a professional finish. Our artwork team will manually redraw your design into a format that can be read by our embroidery machines.

Our industrial embroidery machines at our Manchester warehouse

Benefits of Embroidery

1. Highly Durable

Traditionally embroidery is more durable than print, so the embroidery should last the lifetime of the garment. Therefore, if you’re wishing to customise a garment that will be used regularly such as workwear or teamwear, and your design isn’t overly large (e.g. less than 15cm), embroidery will be a good choice for you.

Our customer’s embroidery looks great on caps, jumpers and beanies

2. High Quality Finish

Many of our customers tend to select embroidery when creating work uniforms as it provides a smart and professional finish to your garment. Embroidery looks particularly professional when paired with our polo shirts, fleeces & jackets, hoodies, hats and shirts.

Many of our customers choose embroidery for their work uniforms to provide a professional finish

3. Multi-colour at no extra cost

Our industrial embroidery machines allow different thread colours to be used when customising your garment. For company logos and sports team crests that use multiple colours, embroidery will look great and there is no extra cost to this.

Our industrial printers allow us to embroider multiple colours onto garments at no extra cost

All in all, when deciding whether you want printing or embroidery, you need to think about three questions:

  • What is the garments final purpose?
  • How complex is the design?
  • What type of garment are you looking for?

This will ultimately help you decide whether to choose print or embroidery.

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