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embroidered polo shirts for team
Less upmarket as a shirt or blouse and much easier for staff to keep neat and tidy (less ironing),
are idyllic for Personnel Uniform. polos personalised with your company brand are a highly
effective method to help expose your company, unify your workers and present a professional
image to your clients but how do get it right first time?
Embroidered Polo Shirts Glasgow
are available in assorted fabrics, types and colours. To start with, you must choose the
appropriate fabric for your polos, one that matches the workplace.
All in the Fibre
Traditionally, polos have been sewn in 100% Cotton, a natural fibre that has been sewn by
society for hundreds of years. Cotton is kind to the skin and absorbs moisture, which can help
keep the body temperature cool when it's very hot. Unluckily, whilst cotton had advantages, it also
has undeniable drawbacks when used for staff clothing - it does not wear well, wrinkles too easily
and necessitates additional care than synthetic fibres.
Polyester, a synthetic fibre, developed in the early 1940's, has a number of attributes that make it
ideal for employees uniform: It's tough, long-lasting, dries rapidly and is less likely to crease but
left in its standard format isn't as kind to the body as Cotton. Consequently, Polyester is often
mixed with Cotton, to create a fabric that combines the best of both fibres: Cotton gives comfort
and dryness and Polyester for strength, toughness and ease of aftercare.
Because of this, Cotton/polyester is at this time the most commonly used fabric for workers
uniform Polos however in recent years technical Polyester fibres (such as Coolmax), that were
first developed for use in high-end sportswear, have begun to be used for employees uniform
Technical Polyester fibres were specifically engineered to wick moisture from the skin in order to
keep athletes cool and performing at their peak: Strong, yet soft to the touch, quick to dry and
easy to care for, they represent the current state of the art in fibre design. Fabrics made from
these fibres are already being used in areas as diverse as the military and Formula 1 racing and
in the next ten years it's likely we will see them being put to even wider use, in fact there are
already Polo Shirts available for employees uniform and sales are beginning to increase.
For general use, Polyester/Cotton remains the right fabric for most personnel uniform Polos and a
50/50 mixture of fibres provides the best balance between comfort and wear.
A Weighty Issue
The weight of the fabric is also an important consideration and the right choice will result in an
embroidered Polo Shirt that is suitable for the working environment, comfortable for the wearer
and durable enough to offer real value for money for the company.
Leaving aside the technical Polyester Polos, which are inherently lightweight, Polyester/Cotton
polos tend to start from around 160 to 170gsm (GSM stands for grams per square metre, a unit of
measurement now commonly used in the textile industry). Whilst these lightweight Poly/Cotton
Polos are cheap to buy, they tend to feel flimsy and with regard to an embroidered Polo Shirt,
they do not provide a stable enough fabric on which to embroider. Lightweight Polo shirts can be
used for budget promotional give-aways but rarely do they offer real value for money as an item
of personnel uniform.
The middle ground for Poly/Cotton Polo shirts, in terms of weight and performance, is usually for
fabrics somewhere in the region of 180 to 210gsm. At this weight the fabric provides a reasonable
balance between comfort, durability and price. As a result, Polo shirts in this weight range are
regularly used for workwear in the manufacturing & industrial sectors.
Heavyweight Polo shirts typically use fabric weighing from 220 up to 280gsm. Embroidered Polo
shirts which use fabric of this weight are not only stronger and more durable than their lightweight
counterparts but also provide further improvements in wearer comfort, quality and image as well.
Consequently, heavyweight Polo Shirts are often used for customer facing workers or in more
prestigious or quality oriented working environments.
Bearing in mind the temperature of the workplace, type of work and expected wear, an
embroidered Polo Shirt which uses fabric in the 200 to 250gsm weight range, will suffice in most
A Matter of Style
Most polos utilise a Pique knit fabric and feature a two or three button opening (placket) at the
neck, a rib knit collar and short sleeves but there are additional choices such as Jersey or
Interlock knit, rib knit or jacquard knit collars or cuffs, an extended back panel (to keep the lower
back warm) and side vents (for ease of movement). Whilst this list is not exhaustive, the final
choice will depend on working considerations, the look required and of course, the budget
Colours from A to Z
In order to promote your corporation or brand it makes sense to choose a fabric colour that 'tones
in' with your corporate logo and thankfully these days, polos are available off-the-shelf in a wide
range of colours from Apple Green to Zinc Grey.
If your logo colours are particularly unusual and there isn't a matching (or complimentary) colour
of Polo Shirt available off-the-shelf then there are still a couple of options to consider:
One is to choose a plain colour of Polo, such as Black, Navy or White - selecting a colour of
garment on which your corporate logo colours will look good when embroidered. This can
sometimes be preferable to buying an off-the-shelf garment in an unusual shade because
fashions change and just because your business's shade of lime green is in vogue today this may
not be the case in two years time. Manufacturers of off-the-shelf 'stock' garments tend to change
their ranges from time to time and may choose to drop a colour if it is no longer considered
popular. Ask your supplier and they should be able to tell you which colours are likely to remain
available or which are in doubt.
The second option, if you have a sufficiently large requirement, is to have a Polo Shirt
manufactured for your staff uniform in a bespoke colour. Manufacturing a bespoke embroidered
Polo Shirt, opens up a wealth of possibilities regarding colour matching to your main corporate
colour, embroidery branding, trims & detailing but this option is usually only viable from 300 to 500
pieces for a single colour garment or 1,000 pieces upwards for more complex designs.
Nevertheless, if you have the quantity, the lead time and are not on too tight a budget then this is
definitely the way to create a unique look for your badged Polo Shirts.
We've spoken about the basis for your embroidered Polo Shirt and how to choose the right
garment but what of the embroidery itself and why should we use embroidery instead of print?
Although embroidery began as a handicraft, commercial embroidery now utilises complex
machines to stitch the design directly onto the garment or garment panel. An embroidered logo
may contain thousands (sometimes even tens of thousands) of stitches of coloured thread to
replicate your corporation logo.
Nowadays, embroidery is achieved by digitising the design - the process of digitising converts
your logo from a.JPG or Bitmap image into a set of computer instructions that tell the embroidery
machine where to stitch, how much to stitch and what thread colours to use.
Due to its unique appearance and method of manufacture, embroidery conveys a sense of quality
and unlike screen or transfer printing, the individual threads of embroidery provide an almost 3D
effect that reacts to every change in light.
Embroidering a Polo Shirt does however require some extra consideration. Pique knit fabric (the
most common knit for polos) can be difficult to embroider with fine designs, as the open 'holes' in
the fabric cause the design to pull out of shape. Therefore it's important that your supplier digitises
the embroidery design specifically for the fabric being embroidered - a good supplier will do this
as a matter of course.
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