Several factors affect the cost of embroidery services and embroidered merchandise:

  • The number of colors needed
  • The amount of detail in a design
  • The type of embroidery
  • The cost of purchasing merchandise from the embroidery service if you don’t supply it yourself of course
  • The quantity of items embroidered.

Embroiderers normally charge by the number of stitches per garment as well as thread color changes. You may be paying around $25 to $100 for any custom patch depending on the factors mentioned above.

1.       Digitizing

Digitizing usually incurs a one-time fee because once the image is digitized, it can be used again for future jobs. Again, the cost for digitizing is based on the number of stitches and thread color changes required to re-create the logo in embroidery. Digitizing fees usually average $20-$30, but maybe as low as $10 or as high as $60 or more.

2.       Color Change

Text-only embroidery jobs are the least expensive; using more than two thread colors will raise the price because the embroiderer must load multiple spools of colored thread into the machine. An embroidery professional could charge per 1,000 stitches for a given design. One can negotiate volume discounts for large quantities of an image with a low stitch count and simple mounting.

3.       Embroidery Merchandise

Embroiderers also sell items, such as bulk shirts for company apparel and customizable gifts like baby shoes or silky bridesmaid robes. Some companies also offer volume discounts for larger orders.

4.       Dye – Sublimation

Other than digitization and embroidery services, some embroiderers offer similar services like dye sublimation, which allows a design to be printed on a garment. This typically costs less than embroidery because the materials are less expensive and the job is less time-intensive.

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