Screen Printing vs. Embroidery: When to Choose One Over the Other


If you’re trying to give your team, staff, or group a cohesive look, you’ve probably considered custom printed shirts. Custom shirts allow you to express your brand, help others identify your team or staff, and create a professional appearance. They can also be given as souvenirs or giveaway items.

So, where do you start when creating your shirts? Before you even finalize the design, you’ll have to decide on whether to use screen printing or embroidery. Most shops do both so you’ll have to ask yourself some important questions about what you will require from your shirts.


The process you decide on ultimately depends on what you need the shirts for. If they are meant as giveaway items, screen printing large batches will probably be the most cost-effective. Sports shirts that are more lightweight will have to be screen printed. Some types of shirts like polos and button downs for uniforms can’t easily be screen printed they will have to be embroidered.

The Design

The design of your shirts should also be considered when deciding whether to screen print or embroider. While both methods give you great color options, the size of the design should be considered. Bigger designs are better off screen printed. Screen printing is a great way to create large images or large amounts of text. If you are planning to just add a logo or small text, embroidery is a great option.


Depending on the type of business you have you may go for a more casual or formal look. Foodservice businesses, for example, may be better off with casual screen printed t-shirts. Are you going for an elegant, professional look? Then, embroidery is what you need. Embroidery is perfect for polos and button downs which already have a professional feel. You can add logos or other detailed designs.

Screen printed t-shirts are considered more casual. Screen printed shirts when they are to be given away or worn only for a season.


How long are you expecting the shirts to be worn? If they are part of an employee’s daily uniform, a sturdy embroidered design is your best bet. They will be able to be washed over and over again without losing their original luster. If the shirts are meant for just one sports season, you can opt for screen printing.

Once you’ve gathered the necessary information, you’re ready to print your shirts. Contact Phoenix Blueprints to get started on your printing project today! Visit our website Seemore Shirts & Tees.


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