The Embroidery Process

Do you want to learn about the embroidery process and what it takes to make professional quality embroidered shirts and apparel? Well you are in luck! Read more to learn about the entire embroidery process at Broken Arrow, from custom embroidery designs to digitizing to sewing out the apparel and creating awesome embroidered items!

Ordering Embroidery is Easy & Fast

Once you place your order, our team will transform your logo or design into embroidery. We will send you an online proof to review of your digitized design for you to confirm all of the details. Once you approve your proof, your polos/hats or other items will be sewn just 4 business days later. With over 25 years in the custom embroidery business, you can ensure that our embroidered logo will outlast the garment and look beautiful for years to come. You can learn more about our custom embroidery services by asking our team. If you have any questions, we are here to help.

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Digitize Your Design

The embroidery process at Broken Arrow starts with the design. We have a whole team of in-house artists that can work with any ideas you have, or an existing logo, and will create an online proof for you to review and approve. The online proof is actually a virtual sample of how the design will look when it is sewn. The embroidery artists digitize the logo, which is the process of mapping out each and every stitch in the logo so our embroidery machines can sew it onto your apparel. Your online proof will show the thread colors, dimensions, placement, etc so you can be sure that everything is 100% perfect before your order is embroidered.

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Thread & Setup Machines

Our embroidery artists load the specific thread colors for your embroidery designs on to our embroidery machines (imagine jumbo sized spools of thread!) The digitized design is also loaded into the embroidery machines, so they know what to sew! The embroidery technicians will make sure all of the settings and speeds are correct to give an excellent result for your design and your garments.

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Hoop Your Garments

When it is time to embroider your order, our embroidery technicians count each item again, and position them correctly for the machine to embroidery. With embroidery, this is called hooping, where a hoop is positioned under the garment, and the garment is clamped down so it doesn't move during the sewing process of the embroidery designs. Our embroidery technicians take care to position each hoop correctly so your design is sewn in the perfect spot on each and every one of your garments.

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Sew Your Items

Once the embroidery machines are loaded up with the correct thread colors and design, and the garments are hooped, the actual sewing process can begin. The time it takes to embroider the items is based on the stitch count for the design. The more stitches the design has, the longer it takes the machine to embroider them. Of course, the number of garments in the order also impacts how long it takes for each order to be complete. But don't worry, no matter how many garments you need, your production time will not exceed 4 days. Our embroidery machines can sew over two million stitches per day!


Trim & Finishing

Then, after your garments are embroidered they are unhooked, and sent to our quality control team for review. Our quality control team reviews each shirt individually, and compares the proof you approved online to the embroidered logo to make sure they match perfectly. Our quality control team looks over each item to make sure there aren't any manufacture defects or design imperfections, and also counts the items one more time. They will also trim any threads and steam the design if needed so it looks perfect!

Then, the order is complete and is moved to our shipping department where it is packaged up and labeled for shipping, or set aside for a pickup if you opted to pickup your order in our Des Moines showroom.

So there you have it! Custom embroidered shirts in a nutshell!