Vinyl VS Embroidery


June 17, 2021 2 min read

Getting some swag for your team? There are so many ways to get custom apparel, branded with your logo, that it can be hard to choose which type of customization works best for you. There are different types of customization options for apparel, and all are great for different types of activities:

  • Vinyl transfer
  • Embroidery
  • Screen printing
  • Heat transfer
  • Debossing
  • Laser engraving
  • Custom patches
  • Digital printing
  • Foil stamping
  • 3D puff embroidery
  • Applique embroidery
  • Pad printing

All of these decoration methods have different looks and feels - and today, we’re going to be going through vinyl transfer and embroidery and what the differences can be for your team.

What is Vinyl Transfer?

Vinyl transfers use heat to activate and attach the vinyl layer to a piece of fabric. The vinyl applique is soft and has stretch, making it perfect for apparel and high performance equipment.

What is Embroidery?

Embroidery is a great way to have high quality apparel and customization. Embroidery is the process of stitching different colors and styles onto a piece of fabric to create a logo. Embroidered logos need to be digitized and mapped onto the machine to create clean lines and repeatable structures. Read about our step by step embroidery process fortees here.

When is Vinyl Transfer Appropriate?

Vinyl transfer is great for high impact shirts and uniforms - think warehouse tees and activewear. Vinyl transfer is much lighter than embroidery, but as a result, do not last as long. These are great for easy, cheapcustom tees and sportswear

When is Embroidery Appropriate?

Embroidery looks best on high quality apparel that really emphasize your brand’s quality. Embroidery is very versatile and looks great on:

Pros and Cons List

Pros

Benefits of Embroidery as a Decoration Method

  • Added texture.
  • Looks high quality and expensive, even when budgeting because of the technical design.
  • Embroidery can be used on non-flat surfaces, so embroidery is great for hats and bags.
  • Highly durable.

Benefits of Vinyl Transfer as a Decoration Method

  • Long lasting image.
  • Great for fabrics.
  • Affordable.

Cons

Drawbacks of Embroidery as a Decoration Method

  • Colors of the design are limited to thread color options, and the more unique the logo, the less likely the color is going to be available.
    • For this, we recommend a monochrome logo.
  • Small details are harder to embroider.

Drawbacks of Vinyl Transfer as a Decoration Method

  • Vinyl preparation is time-consuming.
  • It looks less polished and the vinyl, if done incorrectly, can peel.

Find your next embroidered apparel piece for your company with Thread Logic

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our expertise in embroidered apparel. We love a great embroidered piece of clothing, because to us, we love durability and flexibility. We are experts in workwear and smart casual embroidered clothing for companies that want to give a little extra to their employees this season. Find your next great piece with Thread Logic.


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