4 Key Tips: How To Get Good Embroidery Results With Text

4 Key Tips: How To Get Good Embroidery Results With Text

It's safe to say that everyone wants to get a good result with their embroidery artwork.  However, managing the level of detail within your artwork is an important aspect of embroidery to ensure you are setting yourself up for success. Here's the thing, using text can quickly add a ton of small details, which can lead to challenges in getting artwork approved and a clean result for your finished products.  Follow these tips to ensure you are creating text within your artwork that will get a great result for your embroidery.  🚀🚀🚀

Use The Right Font Type

The type of font you use will dictate how good of a result you get.  There are 3 primary  categories of fonts and we have ranked them for you below, from best to worst.


Script fonts typically connect letters together
Great choice
The connected letters have less starts and stops in the file, so the letters can be embroidered as one long continuous shape.  Alignment of lettering is easily achieved.

Sans Serif fonts have simple characters
Ok Choice
Letters have minimal details so can be easily constructed with stitching.

 Serif characters have ornamental "caps" on the ends of letters
Not Recommended
The additional caps, make letter spacing challenging and can result in jumbling and mixing of letters.  Reduced legibility. Increase kerning if absolutely required.

Increase Kerning Of Text

Kerning is the space that you allow between your text.  In general, increasing the space between your text will lead to a better finished result in embroidery.  You don't need to over do it, but a few extra spaces can go a long way.  By increasing the kerning you are adding extra margin around each letter, which helps give extra space incase there is minimal pulling of the fabric, it will not distort letters around it.

Keep Font Sizes Large

One of the most common mistakes in embroidery is not checking the size of the details in your file.  Make sure to check the size of details in your file, text especially.

Don't Embroider Text Directly On Products With Texture

While beanies and chunky knit beanies, maybe begging for an awesome embroidery, we don't recommend using text with direct embroidery.  These products have a lot of texture in them, which can create lumpiness to how text is embroidered.  For example, a letter may cross a "chunk" in the knit and which will make it appear "off."  Additionally, loose knit products tend to stretch when worn and the stretch is somewhat unpredictable and could lead to lettering also looking off.  The more professional way to add text to beanies is to apply the text to a smooth material that doesn't stretch, like a woven label or embroidered patch.  Using a woven label or embroidered patch will ensure you get great results every time.

    • Related Articles

    • Understanding Different Embroidery Stitch Types

      Embroidery At Its Finest Artwork made from thread! This article covers different types of stitching used during traditional embroidery. "Who is Embroidery and what does he do?" Have you ever ordered a traditional embroidery product design and ...
    • Font Sizes Comparison (points, inches, millimeters)

      The Best Font Size For Your Artwork When designing artwork, it can be hard to know exactly what size font to use. Learn about what size font looks like and how to measure fonts in different ways. Key Points to Consider * Most fonts come in different ...
    • How To Prepare Artwork For High Quality Custom Embroidery

      This article covers artwork requirements for getting great results for your custom embroidery. We love to produce high quality products. High quality product designs start with high quality artwork and artwork that is well suited for embroidery. ...
    • Estimated Stitch Counts For Embroidery

      You are now able to use large embroidery designs on many of our most favorite Apliiq products. Embroidery is a high quality way to decorate products using stitching and thread to bring your artwork to life. Up until this time, Apliiq limited the size ...
    • How To Check Your Artwork To Get Clean Embroidery Results

      As you probably noticed in the article how to prepare artwork for embroidery, there are some limitations with regards to embroidery and the level of detail that is possible to achieve with a clean result.  However, it can be challenging to know how ...