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Embroidery design guidelines

Follow these guidelines to create embroidery designs. We cannot guarantee desirable results if your design doesn’t meet these guidelines.

Dimension and Stitching Guidelines

  • Use text and lines with a minimum height of 0.25" (6.4mm) and thickness of 0.05" (1.3mm) for regular stitching. 
  • For lines below the minimum thickness, a run stitch will be used as an alternative.

Design and Color Choices

  • Create embroidery-specific designs. Due to their complexity, most graphics that work with DTG will not be suitable for embroidery.
  • Use vector images (in PDF format or PNG files with at least 150 DPI) with solid shapes and colors, not photographic images.
  • Stick to solid colors and designs, filling any empty space to maintain edge integrity.
  • Avoid distressed or textured graphics.
  • Use small and simple designs on thin garments to guarantee quality and durability. Large and complex embroidery designs require a high stitch count, which will stress thin fabric. 
  • Design your embroidery design slightly larger than intended. The embroidery is applied on a stretched garment, resulting in a finished design slightly smaller than the file submitted.

File and Stitch Count Management

  • Use a transparent background when possible. 
  • Keep backgrounds to a minimum in large areas to stay within the stitch count limit. Consider scaling down graphics by up to 50% if a background is essential.

Special Considerations for Side Areas

  • For best results, limit text to 10 characters per line in side embroidery areas.

Products not following guidelines may require automatic modifications or be rejected.

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