Embroidery, Printed Clothing and Workwear Glossary
Artwork – the design of your logo to be used on the garments.
As worn – this refers to the position of the design on the garment. We say ‘as worn’ so there can be no confusion as to what side of the garment the design will be applied.
Breast – this is the position on the garment that most logos as put.
Camera ready artwork – A term used for artwork that is ready to be transferred to a screen for screen printing.
Corporate Clothing – Company purchased clothing for the staff to wear. Usually decorated with the company name and logo.
Decorate – The industry term for applying a logo or text to a garment.
Digitising – This is the process of taking a design and creating a computerised pattern which will be read by an embroidery machine. It used to be called ‘punching’ then ‘tape’, but as technology has moved on it’s now called digitising. A digitised pattern is different from a JPEG or GIF or a scanned image.
Embroidery – A method of decorating a garment using needles and thread. The decoration can be simple text or an elaborate design or both.
Frame – Used to hold taut the garment that will be embroidered.
GIF – A computerised image of your design.
Hoop – Used to hold taut the garment that will be embroidered.
Image – Your design, either a logo, or design.
JPEG – A computerised image of your design.
Logo – a symbol or design that is used to represent your company.
Left breast as worn – this refers to the position of the design on the garment
Man-pack – The process of packing a complete set of garments for one employee. This package may be delivered directly to the employee at home or via his work place.
Origination – The process of taking your ideas and creating an image suitable for application onto a garment.
PDF – a computer file of your image. Often a better quality than a GIF or JPEG
PPE – Personal Protective Equipment supplied by the employer to the employee to protect the worker whilst carrying out his duties for the company.
Printing – This is a general term for laying down a permanent ink(s) onto a surface.
Promotion – Any method of making aware your company or product or service to a wider audience.
Promotional item – Any item that is given-away to customers or prospective customers to help promote your product or service.
Punching – An old term to describe the method of creating an embroidery pattern.
Sample – a single item produced before the main batch to check that the specification is correct.
Scan – A computerised image of a design or picture.
Screen – the perforated fabric used to squeeze the ink through onto a garment when screen printing.
Set-up costs – The charges applied for originating your design. We have a page listing our additional charges. These charges cover most designs but may vary depending on the complexity of the design.
Stitch count – The number of embroidery stitches used in a design. Often embroiderers will use the stitch count to determine the cost of the job.
Stitches – Thread sewn into the garment to create a design.
Sublimation – The transference of printed images to a synthetic substrate by the application of heat
Tape – An old term to describe the method of creating an embroidery pattern.
Transfer – The method of applying a design or text onto a garment using heat.
Vector artwork – artwork that can be manipulated and used to create screens for screen printing.
Vinyl – A material cut to shape and then used with a heat transfer machine to apply lettering onto garments.
Workwear – Clothing supplied by the company to protect the workwear and promote the company.