Colortex Screen Printing & Embroidery is your premium source in Ottawa for providing high quality embroidery for your brand or your customers brands.
The process of embroidery is done with an electrical computer sewing machine called an embroidery machine that is capable of going up to 1200 stitches per minute. The embroidery machine uses needle and thread in order to sew points with a variety of stitch styles in order to make every stitch complete a portion of the embroidered design. Embroidery is available with a wide variety of thread colours and they are often pantone matched perfectly to your brand or customers brand guidelines. Our favorite embroidery thread consists of polyester.
First Steps First
Before even thinking about embroidery we like to see the vector artwork in order to ensure that the artwork can even be embroidered and the final outcome will come out nicely. Offering high quality embroidery services amongst many others is the reason for our verification step in our embroidery order process.
Making a Choice
Most designs can be made out of embroidery but that doesn't necessarily mean that they should be embroidered. Sometimes other decoration methods would be better suited for a variety of reasons such as the fabric that we are working with or the amount of fine details or small text in the logo. It is also important to keep in mind that the gradients in logos that we can achieve in screen printing as well as the blending of colour is near impossible to get as photo realistic by doing embroidery.
Embroidery it is ?
As much as embroidery has limitations it is the preferred method for hats, bags and jackets as the fabric type and structure of these items make for embroidery to be the best decoration method for them.
Embroidery Thread Options
Embroidery thread comes in a wide variety of fabrics such as rayon, polyester, cotton and silk just to name a few. To most eyes no differences will be seen but to us decorators, the embroidery threads play an important role on the quality of finished embroidery.
Standard Embroidery Thread
Our standard thread fabric is a polyester multifilament thread from Isacord and it comes in a variety of colours. Being that it is polyester, the thread will not change states meaning that it will not shrink, fade or bleed so it is a very versatile embroidery thread.
Metallic Embroidery Thread
As the name suggests, the metallic thread is a thread that is made out of a polyester and polyamide wrapped together. The thread is constructed with a continuous filament core that is twined with metallic foil in order to add the shine feature to the embroidery thread.
Fire Retardant Embroidery Thread
The fire retardant embroidery thread is a specialty embroidery thread that is used for embroidery on flame-retardant and heat-protective apparel. The embroidery thread is has capabilities that make the thread self-extinguishing and non-melting capable of resetting up to approximately 200°C
Embroidery: Methods & Techniques
Regular embroidery consists of embroidery embroidered directly on the product. The regular embroidery is achieved by combining 3 stitch types. The 3 stitch types used are the fill, satin and straight stitch.
3D Puff Embroidery
Ever wondered why some logos look to be 3d on a hat? Well that is due to the 3D embroidery puff process. 3D puff embroidery is a technique used to achieve logos to take 3 dimensional thickness and make the embroidery to be raised from the surface of the product. This technique is achieved by adding a high density foam in between the fabric and embroidery.
The collegiate style designs with multi levels of fabric and embroidery is achieved with this technique. The technique of applique embroidery combines traditional embroidery machines with laser cutting machines in order to achieve a mix of textures and layers on the garment. This embroidery technique creates truly stunning results and can often be combined with screen printing for even more creativity.