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Workwear Clothing: Embroidery vs Vinyl

Karen Griffin - Monday, April 09, 2018

What is the difference between embroidery and vinyl personalised on workwear clothing?

Embroidery is the art of sewing a design into a piece of clothing.  These days it is all done by machine, and can be multi coloured, large or small.  It needs a good quality garment to start with and pricing is dictated by thread count.  Personally I have never understood how jackets and other waterproof pieces stay waterproof once a needle has been piercing it several thousand times, but that might just be me being daft.  I can't even sew on a button!

But vinyl . . well they don't call me the Vinyl Queen for nothing (though we did laugh at a recent Royal Mail missive address to Dear Ms Vinyl Queen).

We have been offering personalised workwear clothing for a while now, and we are jolly good at it.  Full colour, block single colour, we can now do it all.  Modern vinyls are truly amazing and very soft.  There are SO many different effects, which I might have to cover later.

So vinyl is cut to shape and/or printed.  It is then heat-pressed onto the garment.  It takes a bit of skill to learn all the different heat settings for both garment and vinyl, but the end result is a fabulously soft, bright and impressive decal. 

It is not hard to see why screen printing for short runs is all but dead.  

But the main difference between embroidery and vinyl print is the difference it makes to the wearer.

Wash a product too hot and the embroidery can shrink and go stiff, pulling on the clothing fabric.  It used to be that vinyl cracked - but that is so last century. As you can see in the picture below, the arm embroidery has gone still and shrunk in the wash.  The rear vinyl print looks good.

difference between embroidery and vinyl

So give it a try . . . you will be amazed at the result and the price.  Especially with our satisfaction guarantee.

I got the vinyls on time and they were great! 
Thank you for your quick work, that was really appreciated!

LC, on receipt of her bespoke vinyl stickers

Thanks Karen, and thanks for organising this for me – I don’t know what I would do without you!

Fontwell Park Racecourse, EN
I have received my print thank you so much for such fast delivery.


AB, on receipt of car decal

Just to let u know that I received the vinyls this morning ok, and they all look really good many thanks.

DE, Perth on his vinyl lettering for a Burger van
Two words :
Banner = fabulous.
Again, thanks for the quick turnaround - very much appreciated.

JT from
Brill thank you so much i love it and thanks for taking the time to get it right for me so cant wait for it to arrive =]  thanks so much Karen
KC, on her new car decal
Thanks so much for the banners - the team were very impressed today!

MA, Whyke United Under 11s
 just wanted to write to say thank you very much for my wheel cover and lettering.  It looks fab!  I am hoping that people will see it around and that I’ll get lots of new customers.
SL, Cambridge Weight Plan
I have it!

That was extremely fast!!  I'm very impressed.

Thank you very much!

TS, Marwicks Brasserie, Bosham on receipt of banner

My dad has put the decal on and it looks great!  Too dark to take a picture now but will send one on soon. Thanks for your great customer service.

WF, on receipt of Hypnoslimmer Car Decal
Goodness knows what your workshop smells like, because these banners have rather an orange-y whiff to them now!
Wilderness Development, on receipt of re-stripped banners
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