Quality embroidery in Tacoma

Define Quality

How do you define quality when referring to embroidered apparel? There are no hard or fast rules it is a very subjective judgment.

Sometimes it is in the eyes of the consumer. Sometimes it is in the eyes of a techno freak. Every shop or consumer is different and sometimes depends on how well they know fabric and embroidery.

What’s the difference between elegant embroidery and shop rags? Our staff knows the difference.

Excellent Substrate

To begin we need a good substrate to embroider on. This means a quality shirt with a tight weave fabric. Some of the best embroidery substrate is Egyptian cotton. The fibers are thin and strong. But this can also change depending on the crop and growing conditions.

Man made fibers used in manufacturing produces a superior garment which will provide a constant fabric substrate. The material is made with polyester are referred to as performance fabrics. Eventually performance fabrics will become the most popular material to embroider on.

Quality Digitizing

The next step is quality digitizing. Bad digitizing we all know can ruin a beautiful design. Too many stitches will produce a embroidery which is cardboard tough. The design must be digitized to be compatible with the garment. Every wonder why companies such as Cutter & Buck have such beautiful embroidery?  It is because they control the fabric which they decorate. Very simple excellent fabric and quality digitizing.

Inexpensive apparel has a loose weave which requires heavy stitching and extra backing to produce nice embroidery. But then again you end up with a piece of cardboard on your left chest.

Heavy stitches to compensate.

Heavy stitches don’t need a good substrate. The substrate is the backing and the shirt is not part of the designing process. It is important to know and learn what fabrics will produce beautiful embroidery. Decosource always produces their digitizing to match the type of garment to be embroidered. Because we always use the same thread we never have thread problems.

Manmade fabrics

Most manmade fabrics or performance fabrics are excellent substrates to embroider on. Deco source always advises its clients as to what shirts will deliver the best results. Deco source has over 40 years experience doing beautiful embroidery. We know fabric and substrate.

Use the correct thread.robison-anton-polyester

Always use the same thread in your product. Do not change thread manufactures because you will eventually be getting results which were designed for the original thread. Northwest Custom Apparel has used the same thread supplier for over 40 years. All our designs are digitized with this in mind. We always have beautiful embroidery


Beautiful embroidery starts with a good substrate, excellent digitizing, and quality thread and ends with a beautiful design.  For advice you can call Decosource or visit us on the web for professional advice.




Flash Stores for group sales

Group selling is a real nightmare.

Collecting individual checks (which at times bounce), collecting cash (gets misplaced) and trying to collect from members of the group who won’t pony up their money. This is the biggest problem when selling to a group of individuals who want you to do all the work and accept all the responsibility for handling the money.

Also, the group might want their cut of the proceeds after you did all the work. Group sales are a thankless job.

Now there is a solution to this problem.

It’s called on line selling via a custom website. This simple system takes all the problems of selling to groups. These custom websites are often referred to as “Flash Stores.”

A flash store manages the whole project for all individual sales made to group members. No more problems with collection, sizing, and profit sharing. 19948-harley-ride-for-autism-swWe live in the Seattle Tacoma part of the United States and it seems these tech savy customers want everything to be easy.

A few benefits of a Flash Store will include:

  • Flash Store design is free
  • Individuals can control their own personal order.
  • Funds are collected on line with a credit card
  • After the store closes the profits are sent to the group.
  • Easiest fund raiser known
  • Product can be shipped to buyer
  • Free delivery to one location
  • Store is open for a limited time. This pushes members to make a decision.
  • You can offer brand merchandise (Nike, Cutter & Buck, Eddie Bauer, Ogio)

The real benefit is that the whole store is very simple to set up and manage. The product is selected by the group and they get to order what they want.  Because there are no upfront set up charges anyone can set up a store at no money down. Northwest Custom Apparel is the flash store expert.

Groups that have no money can have a serendipitous kick start.

19948-harley-ride-for-autism-swThis can also be done by companies who want to give their employees a logo wearable. It is a lot easier because the employees order what they want and the company picks up the tab.