The first record of an embroidered garment appeared in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun in three layers of finely carved linen wrapped around his mummy. But it was in the Middle Ages when embroidery experienced its splendor as a noble and refined art practiced in the Courts and commissions for the Church.
In the 13th century, the mixture of gold and silk threads began to embroider shields and other motifs of chivalry of the Crusades. Later, relief embroidery and inlaid jewelry gained momentum.
A milestone occurred in 1828 when Joseph Heilmann invented the first embroidery machine. According to the book The History of Textiles, that machine had 140 needles that could be used simultaneously on the hoop. In addition, learning this work was significant in the emancipation of women, as it allowed them to attend art schools, express their creative ability and thus imprint their personal stamp on what surrounded and belonged to them.
Today, embroidery is part of the textile and handicraft market; and it is often underestimated. 3D custom embroidery, also known as relief embroidery, is done by embroidering shading stitches on a thin, flexible sheet of a spongy material. During the embroidery, the needle punches through the sheet as the stitches cover it. The design is raised, and the foil is completely hidden. The excess foam is easily removed when finished.
Stitch type: Satin stitches (also called the column, cord or scallop) up to 12mm long. Do not use reinforcement stitches, filler stitches, or shading stitches: they will flatten the sheeting and cancel out the volume effect you are looking for.
Stitch density: It is recommended to be approximately 50% higher than regular embroidery.
Color of the sheet: Choose a color as close as possible to the embroidery thread color. If this is not possible, at least match it to the base fabric.
Needles: use needles with SES points, which will cut the sheet better while embroidering on it. Avoid sharp-pointed needles.
T-shirt embroidery is a technique that consists of ornamentation using textile threads on the surface of the T-shirts. Although it is not limited to this type of production, it is ideal for corporate uniforms.
Custom embroidery is perfect for printing brands and has the advantage of not requiring a minimum order, although the price for a single unit is high. Among several custom embroidery benefits are:
- Durability, since a logo embroidered with high-quality threads, remains intact even if the t-shirt wears out.
- It adds value to the garment since it transmits quality, elegance, and seriousness, besides being a sign of distinction.
- Presence, because an embroidered t-shirt is ideal for showing your brand, either on uniforms or as a logo.
- Brightness and relief because embroidery allows a great variety of shades thanks to the sense of thread.
- It does not crack, unlike printing methods such as screen printing. Embroidery is entirely free of these mishaps.
- It has a wide range of colors, depending on the embroidery machine. It allows embroidering shields, names, and logos with more quality and color than screen printing.
- Textile custom embroidery on T-shirts is also a fast technique that works by programming the machinery. The design, in addition, does not require much preparation compared to screen printing, in which the colors and shapes must be separated and prepared for the printing sizes needed.