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What is embroidered merchandise?
Embroidered merchandise can be any item of clothing that has a stitched design. We'll take your print or text, and transform it into a threaded pattern.
Rather than having a graphic printed on your clothing with ink, we'll apply your graphic or text through stitched embroidery. This means that your text, design, and colors will all be applied as thread and stitches!
What does it look like?
When you submit a design to be digitized or transformed into embroidery, it will be manually assessed for the best match of thread type, stitch type, and pattern. Once the file is digitized, it can then be applied to your selected fabric item.
Please keep in mind that the process of digitizing your design will need to be manually done, so for this, there is a one-time setup fee that will be collected after the first order.
What products can be embroidered?
Embroidery can be applied to nearly all our fabric products, such as:
How much does it cost?
Embroidery has one additional fee that isn't covered by your Sellfy subscription or the item cost, and this is the one-time file conversion fee of $6.50, which is subject to VAT as of July of 2021. This covers the manual work of creating an embroidered design with the file that you've sent in and it's called digitizing. If you're located in an area that requires VAT, please keep in mind that this cost will be slightly higher than the set fee of $6.50.
We will only collect this additional cost of $6.50 (plus applicable taxes) after you've had your first merchandise sale. This is because we won't need to digitize or convert the file into embroidery until we fulfill your first order.
This fee is applied to each new embroidered design, but once we've already digitized the embroidery, you can use it as many times as needed and there are no further fees.
Practices we recommend
It's essential to follow our guidelines to create a quality embroidered product. The design will need to be changed into the available thread colors and will alternate between different stitch types and patterns to recreate the design you've submitted.
Use large and simple fonts
For the best result, we recommend using large font sizes and using simple font styles.
- Recommended fonts are simple, like our Lato, Noto Sans JP, Roboto, Poppins, and others. But, we do not recommend the font Courier, for example.
- Recommend font size is 36pt or larger. Our minimum thickness of 0.25'' is equivalent to approximately 36pt, but this depends on the font.
Use solid colors
We can only embroider solid shapes and colors. For example, gradients won’t work because we can’t transition from one color thread to another.
Practices to avoid
If designs don't follow our recommended guidelines, they may turn out poorly. So, it's important to avoid certain practices like using small print and submitting photographic images.
For example, if the text is too small or too detailed, you won't be able to make out what it says. The same will apply to any distressed text or patterns, we don't recommend this.
For graphics, it's key to limit the number of colors used and to use solid colors. So, photographic images don't work well. But, you can see below how you could create an acceptable graphic from a photographic image.
Don't use small or fine print
Avoid using very small letters because the embroidered text might not be legible. Keep the text at least 0.25'' in height and at least 0.05'' thick. This is usually 36pt or larger.
Don't use photographic images
It’s not possible to embroider photographic images as they are. Photographic images have to be recreated to include solid shapes and colors.
Here is an example of a photograph recreated for embroidery.
Q. Why is there a setup fee?
A. The process of digitizing your design is done manually, so there is an upfront cost for us to create the embroidery. This won't be charged right away, but rather, we'll collect it once you sell your first piece of embroidered merch!
Q. What if my design doesn't turn out well?
A. Someone will check over your design after it's been digitized. If there are any concerns, we'll send you an email with a copy of your digitized design and offer some advice on how to correct things!
Q. What are the different stitch types used?
A. We use satin stitch for shapes that are from 0.05” (1.3 mm) to 0.5” (12.5 mm) thick and tatami stitch for shapes thicker than 0.5” (12.5 mm).