Screen printing uses a screen and ink. A reverse template or stencil is created on the screen and the ink is “pushed” through the opening onto the fabric. A plastisol ink base is most commonly used for the best effect.
Embroidery uses thread and is stitched directly on to the product. It is best suited for caps, mid- to heavy-weight jackets, outerwear, sweats and polo shirts. We do not recommend this process for the lighter weight fabrics such as t-shirts and lighter-weight polo shirts for two reasons. First on the lighter garments, it is necessary to use a backing material in order for the thread to adhere properly. This creates an extra piece of material on the inside of the shirt which can have an abrasive feel to the body. Second, if a stitch breaks loose, washing can make the whole image starts to unravel.
Our recommendation is for screen printing over embroidery whenever possible because it is more durable and cost effective.