What is a stitch count for embroidery?

When it comes to embroidery, especially embroidery pricing, you may have heard the phrase "stitch count," but not been completely sure what that was referring to in this context. An embroidery stitch count is used as one of the major determining factors for pricing of an embroidered design. The higher the stitch count the higher the cost. The size and thickness of a design affect its stitch count. As a point of reference, one solid square inch of embroidery equals approximately 2,000 stitches on average.

Since the stitch count typically increases drastically depending on the size of the design it is for this reason that the size of the design being embroidered plays such a large role in its price. However, it is that stitch count itself which matters and not all equally sized designs will have equal stitch counts. The reason for this is that some designs incorporate more open area or more thinly sized lettering and graphics than others. The simplest way to think about this is to imagine two equally sized boxes. A hollow box that is just a border with the shirt coming through inside the box is going to have many fewer stitches than a completely filled in box with no open spaces. By the same token a hollow box with a thin border around it is going to be fewer stitches than a hollow box with a thick border.

The customization technique of embroidery is very established and its technology continues to advance. Embroidered designs look excellent on a wide range of products, especially professional and business style products like polos, button down shirts, etc. However, embroidery is also very commonly used for hats, backpacks and much more. Plus with our low six piece minimum even more people have the opportunity to order embroidered items.

Embroidery uses a specialized computer/machine that controls the thread and needles to stitch a programmed design onto the apparel or accessories. For this reason the first step in the process is typically turning the artwork into a digital format that the computer can read. This is called digitizing. Embroidery provides a very sharp, durable, and sharp looking design that will definitely impress!

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