When you are thinking about making your own hats, a very important aspect to keep in mind is whether you will be getting a printed hat or an embroidered hat. For example, when you are coming up with a personalised cap
idea or a personalised beanie
design that you want to make sure you are getting exactly what you want.
There are a surprising number of differences between screen printed caps/beanies and embroidered caps/beanies. The biggest difference obviously comes down to the printing method. When screen printing a cap or beanie, the logo or image in your design is recreated on your hat by squeezing inks through mesh screens directly onto your garments. This is done one colour at a time as A separate mesh screen is required for each colour in your logo so designs with many colours cost more than simple one colour designs. However, when embroidering your hat your choice of logo or image is reproduced by stitching threads directly into fabric. Where the first process is to make a program for your logo, which is called digitising. Where the end result is a program or logo file that can be uploaded to the embroidery machine and instructs the machine what to stitch.
However, the bottom line is which is cheaper and which is better?
There is a cost and benefit relation to both of them. Embroidery tends to be the cheaper choice for caps and beanies, especially when your logo or image is rich with colours. This is mainly due to the fact that, when screen printing, each colour needs to be pressed onto the fabric with a separate mesh screen which leads to higher production costs. However, the main benefit of screen printing is that it recreates a more accurate representation of the logo or image you want to get printed on your custom hats. This is mainly due to the higher amount of detail that screen printing can create and if your logo or image only has a few colours then the production costs stay similar to embroidery.
Therefore, Embroidery becomes the cheapest option if you are looking for an embroidered hat or beanie where you want many colours but high detail is not as important. While screen printing is really your best bet when you want high detail logos or images printing on your caps or beanies and it won’t be that pricey as long as you keep in mind the amount of colours you use.