4 Things to Consider When Ordering Custom Embroidered Shirts for Your Small Business

If you own a small business, you may have to carefully plan your budget and cautiously determine what areas you can splurge. One area you may want to invest in is making sure that your employees look professional and uniform. One of the best ways to do that is by having all of your employees wear the same custom embroidered shirts. Here are a four things to keep in mind when ordering custom embroidered shirts for your employees:

#1 Make Sure the Embroidery is Readable

The first thing you need to do is make sure that the embroidery is readable. Have the business you are working with create a sample of what your company name or logo will look like embroidered.

Not all company's logos translate well to embroidery. Sometimes, in order to make sure that your logo or company name is readable, you need make the writing a little larger than you planned. Or, you may need to simplify your logo or company name in order to make sure that it is legible.

#2 Make Sure that the Shirts Are Pre-Shrunk 

Next, you need to make sure that the shirts that you select for your employees are pre-shrunk. If they are not pre-shrunk, you need to have them washed and dried before the embroidery is added to them.

If embroidery is done on a shirt that has not been pre-shrunk, the first time the shirt is washed and dried, the shirt will shrink but the embroidery on the shirt will not. This will cause the fabric to look tight and even wrinkled around the embroidered area; it will not be the clean, polished look you are going for.

Another reason you should make sure that the shirts are pre-shrunk, especially if you choose vibrant colored shirts, is to ensure that any extra ink in the fabric is gone. New clothes can bleed; if the shirts you select bleed after they are embroidered, it could ruin the integrity of the embroidery. 

#3 Make Sure the Shirts Are High Quality

Finally, it can be tempting to skimp on the quality of the shirts when you are already investing a lot of money into having them embroidered. However, you should not invest in low-quality shirts.

If you purchase the cheapest shirts you can find, you'll just end up needing to purchase more shirts earlier down the road. Your employees will need enough shirts to make it through the week and will frequently wash these shirts, so you need shirts that will stand up to many, many washes and last a long time. That way, you will not have to invest in new shirts every few months for your employees. If you purchase high-quality shirts, you will only need to invest in new shirts once a year or so.

#4 Make Sure You Inquire About Bulk Discounts

Finally, in order to save money, be sure to ask the shirt and embroidery company that you are using if they offer bulk discounts. It may make more sense to place a larger order and have extra t-shirts on hand to either sell to customers or for future employees than it does to place a smaller order and spend more money upfront.

If you want your employees to look professional, you need to invest in professional looking uniforms for your employees to wear at work. Custom-embroidered shirts paired with uniform bottoms make a great and easy work outfit. Just make sure that your embroidery is easy to read and that the shirts you order are high quality, pre-washed and pre-shrunk.  If you have questions about embroidery and how to be sure it's legible, consider contacting a local specialist, such as All Sports Cresting Ltd.