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JB Screen Printing & Embroidery offers a variety of Apparel decorating options with applications ranging from Embroidered Caps, Jackets, T-Shirts, and more! Need help Digitizing your Logo or Artwork? Unsure of what color Thread to use on your next Embroidery project? You've come to the right place!

Machine Embroidery

Most modern embroidery machines are computer controlled and specifically engineered for embroidery. Industrial and commercial embroidery machines and combination sewing-embroidery machines have a hopping on framing system that holds the framed area of fabric taut under the sewing needle and moves it automatically to create a design from a pre-programmed digital embroidery pattern.

Depending on its capabilities, the machine will require varying degrees of user input to read and sew embroidery designs. Sewing-embroidery machines generally have only one needle and require the user to change thread colors during the embroidery process. Multi-needle industrial machines are generally threaded prior to running the design and do not require re-threading. These machines require the user to input the correct color change sequence before beginning to embroider. Some can trim and change colors automatically.

A multi-needle machine may consist of multiple sewing heads, each of which can sew the same design onto a separate garment concurrently. Such a machine might have 20 or more heads, each consisting of 15 or more needles. A head is usually capable of producing many special fabric effects, including Satin Stitch embroidery, Chain Stitch embroidery, Sequins, Appliqueé, and Cutwork.

JB Screen Printing & Embroidery uses Madeira's 100% polyester machine embroidery thread, Polyneon is constructed of a specially developed raw material which eliminates looping, puckering and virtually all thread breaks. Suitable for almost any embroidered application, Polyneon's unique formula makes this thread extremely durable and smooth running. Vibrant colors are glossy, shiny, as well as resistant to chlorine bleach, making Polyneon the ideal thread for embroidering on uniforms, safety garments and commercial linens.

Embroidery Digitizing

Embroidery digitizing is the process of converting existing artwork like a company logo or team emblem into a stitch file that an embroidery machine can sew onto a garment. Before any design can be embroidered, it must be digitized. Digitizing is a complex process that is both art and science. This is where our expertise and craftsmanship come into play. Our fully staffed Embroidery department has a collective decade's worth of experience to help you create a flawless product.

Embroidering onto different fabrics such as a Beanie, Canvas Material, T-Shirt, or Cap, can yield varying results of the same Artwork or Text being Embroidered. Take into consideration the different materials shown below and how they behave when Thread is applied to them. In the following section we will go over individual Embroidery applications with photo examples to aid in your Garment Choice and Logo Design!


Tackle Twill is tough in composition and primarily used for Embroidering Names and Numbers onto Athletic Garments, due to it's durability. The material is also used when manufacturing Custom Embroidered Patches. Embroidery directly onto Tackle Twill yields a dense stitch and crisp finish as a result of the fabric's dense weave. Materials similar to Tackle Twill are Canvas, Nylon, and any fabric consisting of a dense weave structure


Beanies are porous by nature and therefore Artwork consisting of too much negative spacing (as shown below) can result in a loss of quality when Embroidered. Thread has a tendency to "dissapear" when Embroidered into a Beanie, making small text difficult to render clearly, so it is good practice to design your Artwork or Logo with more Density. In some cases, a Backgorund may fit the aesthetics of your design and allow for a Base that your Artwork can subsequently be Embroidered on top of resulting in more stability, and visual harmony of your design.


As you can see, in the case of this production, the client opted for a button up Embroidered Lab Coat which essentially has a heavy cotton consistency thus allowing for a crisp and clean finish. If you are unsure of how your Artwork will render onto a specific material or Garment, please reach out to us so that we can discuss both variables together and decide on the best solution to fit your needs.

Embroidery Labcoat

One of the challenges we encounter when Embroidering small text or Artwork, for example, 1" wide or less, is that the smaller the design, the more difficult it becomes to retain perfect resolution and sharpness.

When this happens, we remedy it by using the appropriately weighted Thread and corresponding Needle size. For example, A Thread weight of 60 is 25% less thicker than an industry standard 40-weight Thread. So, when a 60-weight Thread is required, a thinner Needle size will subsequently need to be implemented in conjunction. In addition to closely scrutinizing the Embroidery Digitizing process step by step ensuring a clean finish.

Text characters embroidered at 1" or 2" in width and greater, would yield a cleaner finish by default regardless of the Needle size or Thread weight. This is due to the stitch proximity, and the Needle having enough room to complete every detail and in turn yield a clean and robust finish. For a less straightforward production like custom designed Artwork, we seek to find a perfect balance between the Fabric, Needles, Thread, and Stabilizers, at the same time taking into account the type of composition being Embroidered, be it a Logo or Lettering.

As a general rule, we keep small text at no less than 6mm if possible. Sometimes, a character will need to be scaled down to 4mm or even 3mm, this of course depends on the Typeface being Embroidered. These measurements are extremely small which is when we would implement a smaller needle so as not to puncture the fabric when attempting to stitch the openings of a Typeface. For example, the letters Q, P, or O.

Take a look at the two examples shown below; a small Embroidered Polo by Ralph Lauren Horse alongside the same Horse embroidered at a larger scale. Upon comparing the two examples, you will come to realize details in the larger Horse that do not exist in the smaller Horse. For example, if you take notice of the Straps surrounding the bigger Horse' Legs, including the details in the Riders Kneed Pads, these details are not seen in the example of the smaller Horse.


Generally speaking, in Embroidery, the smaller your Artwork or Text, the more resolution you lose. The larger your overall design scale, the more resolution and details are retained. (The same can be said for Screen Printing, however, the effects of scale are more noticeable when Embroidering versus Screen Printing)

There are many different stitch patterns and techniques that exist in the realm of Machine Embroidery; Satin Stitch and Tatami Stitch are two of the most commonly used types. A Satin Stitch is made up of a series of flat stitches that completely cover the area being Embroidered, whereas the Tatami Stitch pattern consists of rows of run stitches most suitable for the filling of large and irregular shapes.


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