Embroidery Vs. Screen Printed T-Shirts – Which are Better?


When choosing the method that your t-shirts are going to be printed with, there is a vast variety of options, among the most popular being embroidery and screen printing.

With embroidery, thread is stitched into your custom made product, most often seen in products such as corporate wear, jackets, hats and golf shirts.

Screen printing involves a process that uses inks that are applied to a substrate. It is named screen printing because a mesh screen stencil is created for each colour in your design, through which the ink is pushed to create the finished effect of the design.



  • Embroidery is perfect for customising polo shirts and corporate clothing as it offers a high quality and professional finish.
  • Embroidered t-shirts tend to last longer than screen printed ones.
  • Developments in the t-shirt printing industry have meant that machines can embroider 2-10 pieces at a time which can save a great deal on cost.


  • Embroidery tends to be more expensive than other methods.
  • Complex imagery and small text may not appear as well represented by embroidered thread as it would by ink through screen printing.




Screen Printing


  • Printing can be completed in bulk very quickly, which makes it a perfect option for wholesale customisation.
  • Printing can create high end products, such as photographs and complex designs, that involve shading and gradients.
  • Printing can be inexpensive if bought in bulk.


  • Printing doesn’t create as professional a finish as embroidery which makes it unsuitable for high class events.
  • It can be expensive if you’re design contains a lot of colours.

For more information on printing methods and all the options that are available, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 072 5334.


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