Personalization Options and Requirements

Embroidery

Embroidery is the process of using needle & thread to affix a design to a fabric. All of our embroidery is done by machine and, at this time, hand-embroidery is not available. Machine embroidery requires a digital file to be created and uploaded to the machine so that a rendering of the embroidery can be done. If you would like to upload your own artwork, please be advised that a vector file (also known as an original design file which typically carries the .ai file extension type for those originating from the Adobe Illustrator program) is preferred. However, .jpeg, .tif, .gif, among others are acceptable file formats but an additional charge will likely be necessary in order for the files to be converted successfully to a vector file.  

At Towels & Home, we try to make the experience as simple as possible for you so we’ll take care of all of the small details. However, please be advised that script (fonts that look like handwriting) and block (very wide fonts) are more difficult in the embroidery process and will also require an upcharge. Last, we unfortunately cannot accommodate font sizes smaller than 1/4”.

When we’re all done, we neatly package each item to protect them from the elements and any damage en route to you. After all, we want you to be satisfied with the end product and we look forward to serving you as your one-stop-shop for all of your printing needs!

Screen Printing and Digital Printing

Towels & Home offers two different methods of printing on fabrics, in addition to embroidery, in order to provide a process that best suits your needs. We know the difference between these is generally difficult to discern so we’ll try to help describe them below. 

Screen printing involves creating a stencil (printers call this a "screen"), and then using that stencil to apply layers of ink on the printing surface. Each color is applied using a different stencil, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look.

Digital printing is a much newer process that involves your artwork being processed by a computer, and then printed directly onto the surface of your product. Digital printing is not a heat transfer since the ink is directly adhered to the fabric of your item, much like a desktop or inkjet printer. Each printing process has its strengths and weaknesses which are further explained below.

SCREEN PRINTING

Pros                                                        Cons

Better density of colors                 Minimum quantity of 36 needed

Can print on dark fabrics               Cannot accommodate more than 16 colors

Cheaper for large volume runs

  

DIGITAL PRINTING

Pros                                                         Cons

No minimum order quantity            Limited to 100% Cotton Fabric

Fast turnaround time                     More expensive for large volume runs

Great for very detailed artwork                       

Need Help Deciding?

Still having trouble deciding which method works best for you? Perhaps our recommendation below might help. If not, feel free to contact us at info@towelsandhome.com

Screen printing is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy, when printing on dark fabrics, or specialty products. The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which results in brighter colors - even on darker colors. Due to the extra materials and labor time involved in setting up the “screen,” however, there is a minimum order quantity of 36 units per order.

Digital printing is best used for items that require high amounts of detail and/or orders of a smaller quantity. The fact that the digital printer does not use screens allows for a photographic print, with much more detail than traditional screen printing. As the ink is applied thinner (to achieve such detail), digital printing is best used on lighter colored fabrics to allow the design to really pop. The fact that the design is processed and printed digitally allows us to be able to produce items in smaller quantities (even as little as one!).

REQUIREMENTS AND DISCLAIMERS FOR EACH PROCESS

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