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Embroidery or Screen Printing?

October 6, 2023

Embroidery or Screen Printing

That is the Question!

Five things to consider when you're choosing your branded merchandise.

When you’re creating branded merchandise, there are a lot of questions to consider.

How many do you need? What budget can you spend? Perhaps most importantly, what do you want to give away in the first place? Mugs, koozies, blankets, shirts, sweaters, hats, bags? The options are endless.

At Bullseye Activewear and Promotions, we’ve been helping business leaders make great decisions since 1992. That’s a lot of decisions!

One question that always gets asked is ”Should we embroider it or screen print?”. Check out this article for more embroidered merchandise idea starters.

First of all, don’t assume you know the answer. We can embroider logos and messages on almost anything. We’ve embroidered logos on golf bags, luggage, shoes, slippers, book bags, blankets, robes, socks, etc. It doesn’t just have to be a shirt or a hat.

So, you do have choices. Here are five things to consider to help decide which choice is right for you.


Custom Embroidered NorthfaceEmbroidery adds a high-quality look to merchandise. It conveys a sense of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Screen printing allows for vibrant and bold colors, making it suitable for colorful and creative messaging.


Screen printing is generally more cost-effective than embroidery, especially for large quantities and big designs. Cost really comes down to how long it takes to make an item. As true as ever, time is money.


Custom Screen Printed T-ShirtEmbroidery is highly durable and longer lasting, and can better withstand repeated washing and wear. Note: Screen printing can last long too if done correctly. Not all printers take the necessary steps to get a print and properly cure the inks.


Screen printing is a faster process, which can be important if you have tight deadlines for your giveaways or promotional events. Embroidery takes longer to complete due to the finishing of the product afterward. Things like removing the backing, steaming and removing the topping, trimming loose threads, etc. Doing it right can take time.


Again, screen printing wins out here, based on budget and turnaround time. If you do want a lot of merchandise and want the professional look and durability of embroidery, just give yourself a little more time and prepare for the additional cost.

Screen printing or embroidery on your branded merchandise. Both are great decisions when you have all of the facts. Consider your budget, branding goals, the type of merchandise, and your target audience to make the best decision for you and your company.

Bullseye Activewear and Promotions can help you make the right decisions when it comes to how much to spend, on what items, to get the highest return and to reach your marketing initiatives. Reach out today and let’s see what fits best for you and your company… and your customers.

Call us today at 330-220-1720, or click here to email us.

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