Top 10 Custom Embroidery Companies of 2018

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Top 10 Custom Embroidery Companies of 2018

Best Reviews, 7/26/2018

I have worked in the custom embroidered apparel industry for over a decade (and much longer than that if you count working summers while in college and high school). As part of my job, I am constantly reviewing custom embroidery companies, custom embroidery equipment, and custom embroidery quality.

To help you choose the best custom embroidery company for your custom apparel needs, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite custom embroidery companies.

Creating custom embroidered apparel is a giant, highly competitive industry with thousands of businesses that include everything from tiny one-person mall outlets to huge publicly traded companies. The list below is my personal quick reference guide. Feel free to use it to help you sort through the bazillions of Google results that come up when you type “custom embroidery companies” in your web browser. Choose the one from the list below that best matches your custom embroidery needs and you will find the best custom embroidery company for you.

 

1. Broken Arrow T-Shirt Printing and Embroidery

Web Address: https://www.brokenarrowwear.com

Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 6 business days after order placement

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $19 each. Shipping is FREE.

Pros of Broken Arrow

  • Embroidery Quality: EXCELLENT
  • Catalog Selection: EXCELLENT
  • Website: EXCELLENT
  • Prices: CHEAP
  • Art Services: FREE easy online designer: Expert on-staff designers can create your logo or custom embroidery art design for FREE if you prefer.
  • Shipping Costs: FREE
  • Years in Business: 28

Cons of Broken Arrow

  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via website only.

My View

Broken Arrow is THE best bet for getting high quality custom embroidered apparel at a great price without any surprise charges at checkout. The online designer has lots of clipart options and is easy to use. If you aren’t the creative type, a talented artist will create a design for you free of charge. How cool is that?

2. Corporate Casuals

Web Address: https://www.corporatecasuals.com

Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 20 Business Days After Order Placement.

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $20 each. Shipping is FREE.

Pros of Corporate Casuals

  • Embroidery Quality: Excellent
  • Catalog Selection: Good
  • Prices: Excellent
  • Shipping Costs: FREE
  • Years in Business: 19

Cons of Corporate Casuals

  • Art Services: Uploaded designs incur a $35 setup fee. Template options on the online designer are weak. (The last uploaded artwork appears to be 12 years old.)
  • Website could use some updating.
  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via e-mail only.

My View

I would not pick this company if I wanted to create a complex logo using their designer. If you upload your own design it costs you an extra $35, but it’s really the only way to go with them.

3. Embroidery Your Way

Web Address: http://www.embroideryyourway.com

Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 10 business days after order placement.

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $22 each ($18.00 per shirt plus a $25 minimum setup fee), PLUS SHIPPING.

Pros of Embroidery Your Way

  • Embroidery Quality: Good
  • Catalog Selection: OK. They are one of the few online companies where you can still ship items to them and they will embroider them for you.
  • Prices: Decent
  • Years in Business: 11

Cons of Embroidery Your Way

  • Website: Needs updating
  • Art Services: Minimum fee $25. It says all over the website you can upload your own art. I could not figure out where or how. They also say they have an online designer, but I couldn’t access it from two different browsers.
  • Shipping Costs: YOU PAY SHIPPING.
  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via e-mail only.

My View

The only thing that Embroidery Your Way does is embroidery. Small orders will incur extra costs at checkout. You have to provide your own art. If you have items you bought already that you want embroidered, this is one of the few companies that will do embroider customer-provided items, so I rated them number 3.

4. Thread Logic

Web Address: https://www.threadlogic.com

Standard Turnaround Time:  Delivered 14 business days after order placement

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $22 each ($19 each plus a $35 run fee). YOU PAY SHIPPING.

Pros of Thread Logic

  • Embroidery Quality: Excellent
  • Catalog Selection: Fair
  • Website: OK
  • Prices: Decent
  • Years in Business: 16

Cons of Thread Logic

  • Art Services: Not great: You supply the art
  • Shipping Costs: CUSTOMER PAYS
  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via e-mail.

My View

The only thing that Thread Logic does is embroidery. Small orders will incur extra costs at checkout. You have to provide your own art.

 5. Logo Sportswear

Web Address: https://www.logosoftwear.com

Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 14 business days after order placement

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $26 each. Shipping is free on orders over $99.

Pros of Logo Sportswear

  • Embroidery Quality: Excellent
  • Catalog Selection: Excellent
  • Website: Good
  • Art Services: Free Online Designer
  • Shipping Costs: YOU PAY if order is less than $99
  • Years in Business: 20

Cons of Logo Sportswear

  • Prices: On the higher side
  • They do not provide free graphic artist services that can create your art from scratch.
  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via website only.

My View

If you need to create artwork from scratch, the online designer’s clipart options are limited. Heads up logging on to this site as the site name and company name are slightly different.

 6. Custom Ink

Web Address: https://www.customink.com

Standard Turnaround Time:  Delivered 14 business days after order placement

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $36 each. Shipping is FREE.

Pros of Custom Ink

  • Embroidery Quality: Excellent
  • Catalog Selection: Excellent
  • Website: Excellent
  • Art Services: Free Easy Online Designer, No live art help
  • Shipping Costs: Free
  • Years in Business: 19
  • Weekend hours and later evening hours

Cons of Custom Ink

  • Prices: VERY HIGH
  • They do not provide free graphic artists that can create your art from scratch.
  • Late night orders must be placed via website only.

My View

The prices at Custom Ink are higher than most. Their online designer is easy to use but not worth the higher prices.

7. LogoUp

Web Address: https://www.logoup.com

Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 12 business days after order placement

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $26 each (more if they have to tweak your logo) PLUS YOU PAY AN ADDITIONAL $27.99 SHIPPING.

Pros of Logo Up

  • Embroidery Quality: Excellent
  • Catalog Selection: Excellent
  • Website: Decent
  • Years in Business: 9

Cons of Logo Up

  • Prices: On the high side
  • Art Services: No online designer. You must upload your logo. It costs $24.99 (or more) if they need to make changes to your logo.
  • Shipping Costs: YOU PAY SHIPPING AND HANDLING if your order is less than $299.
  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via website only.

My View

Like a lot of online custom apparel companies, the exact pricing is hard to pin down. They do offer screen-printing and promotional products if you need multiple items for customization, but you are going to have to do some legwork to find out an exact price no matter what you are looking for.

8. 4Imprint

Web Address: https://www.4imprint.com

 Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 10 Business Days After Order Placement

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $23 each ($20 per shirt plus a $35 tape charge).

Pros of 4Imprint

  • Embroidery Quality: Good
  • Catalog Selection: Excellent for promotional items other than clothing
  • Prices: Decent
  • Website: Decent
  • Art Services: No online designer available, upload your art or have them design a logo for you (their design is free)
  • Shipping Costs: YOU PAY
  • Years in Business: 18
  • Open Saturday mornings and weekday holidays

Cons of 4Imprint

  • Late night orders must be placed online.

My View

These guys have a huge catalog, with everything from flipflops to water bottles. Granted, that does not mean much if you are only looking for embroidered polos, but hey, it works if you want matching flipflops.

9. Stitch America

Web Address: https://stitchamerica.com

 Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 14 business days after order placement.

12 quality polo shirts with standard left chest embroidery will cost you $20 each PLUS shipping.

Pros of Stitch America

  • Embroidery Quality: Excellent
  • Catalog Selection: Excellent
  • Prices: Good
  • Shipping Costs: YOU PAY SHIPPING
  • Years in Business: 18

Cons of Stitch America

  • Website: Irritating
  • Art Services: They force you to register and then upload your art.
  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via e-mail only.

My View

This company forces you to register with them before you can do anything else, which makes me rate them lower.

10. Embroidery Authority

Web Address: https://embroideryauthority.com

 Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 20 business days after order placement

12 Poly/Cotton Hanes Polo Shirts with Standard Left Chest Embroidery will cost you $23 each (19 per shirt plus $45 digitizing fee)

Pros of Embroidery Authority

  • Embroidery Quality: Good
  • Catalog Selection: Fair
  • Prices: Decent
  • Art Services: $45 digitizing fee for embroidery; online designer available; experienced on-staff designers can create a custom design for you if you prefer
  • Shipping Costs: YOU PAY
  • Years in Business: 14

Cons of Embroidery Authority

  • Website could use some work.
  • Late night and weekend orders must be placed via e-mail only.

My View

Slow websites like this one drive me crazy. This site also needs to be better organized.

 

Author:

Kortni Remer,

General Manager

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