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How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Name Embroidered On Something?

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Embroidery is an excellent way to personalize clothing items, bags, and other products. Many different patterns can be made to have our name, initials or words embroidered onto the things we purchase. This can include having them put on a shirt, hat, or bag. Even if we want something small like a name or initials, it’s still possible to have them done professionally.

The solution to the question “How much will it cost to get a name embroidered on something?” will always be “It depends.” Embroidery is a type of customization, so many different factors determine the price. The most crucial factor is the complexity of our design (or characters) and how many locations we want them on. This article will break down these variables and explain how they affect cost:

Embroidery samples

Embroidery samples are a great way to understand what our embroidered project will look like. We can choose from several colors and thread types to see how different styles would work with the pattern we have in mind.

If we are looking for a custom logo, other factors go into creating it.

Project size and complexity

To get an accurate price, it’s essential to remember that many variables can affect our project’s cost. Some of the prime ones include the following:

The size of the item being embroidered. Large items will need more thread than small ones, which will also cost more.

The complexity of our design and how many colors we want it in. More complicated procedures require more time and effort on behalf of our artists, which results in higher costs for us as customers.

The number of stitches being used for each color within our design; for example, if there are three colors in our plan, but each one only uses 150 stitches per color—we are looking at fewer total stitches than if every individual stitch had its color).

How many locations on an item do we wish to have embroidered? This can impact pricing because having multiple areas means multiple passes through production lines by workers who may need to work simultaneously (which means less efficiency).

Number of colors

Depending on the number of colors in our design, the cost can be anywhere from $0.10 to $0.30 per stitch (for example, a one-color design costs about $0.10 per stitch, and a five-color plan costs about $0.30 per stitch).

The more colors there are in our design, the more detail it will have and the longer it will take to complete it.


Number of stitches

The number of stitches determines the cost, and it varies depending on the size of our embroidery design. In general, larger designs will require more stitches than smaller ones, so they’ll be more expensive. Similarly, if our plan involves a lot of colors or complex shading, expect to pay more for each stitch to create them.

Another factor in determining how many stitches are required is what type of embroidery we are getting done: Hand-embroidered items require fewer stitches than machine-embroidered ones because machine stitching can automatically fill areas with color without the need for manual labor from an artist.

Number of locations on garment/material

When deciding on the location of our embroidery, we will want to consider the size and design of our logo. If we have a small logo that can fit in one area, it’s best to go for a single chest pocket or arm patch. On the other hand, if our logo is more complicated or extensive, it may be best to spread our design across multiple locations on our garment or material.

If we are still determining where to put our embroidery, consider how people will view it as they look at it: if people look straight at them while wearing their clothing/materials. Or are they standing directly behind them? Either way works well with certain logos (for example, armband placement looks excellent when viewed from any angle).

Embroidery type

There is a lot of volatility in the cost of embroidery, but the most important things to look at are the type of thread used and how many colors are used.

Thread: The first thing we should consider when pricing out an embroidery project is the thread we will use. If we choose cotton or polyester threads, our price will be lower than if we opt for silk or mercerized cotton because those fibers are more expensive.

Machine: What type of machine is being used for our project? There are two main types—computerized machines (also called “frame” or “flatbed” machines) and flatbed machines (which require a second person). Computers can stitch faster than humans, so they’re generally more efficient and expensive per hour than humans working on flatbeds (though both types need to be paid). Flatbeds are generally cheaper up front since they’re easier to buy and maintain than computers; however, they may not be able to handle complex designs as quickly as computers can—and this could mean additional costs down the road when it comes time for someone else besides ourselves who has less experience with these things than ours genuinely.

Materials used in embroidery

The cost of materials varies based on the type of fabric we choose, as well as the color. For instance, a simple white t-shirt will be cheaper than something in red that might have unique details or lettering. The same goes for jeans versus a dress shirt from our closet.

Additionally, there are different types of materials used in embroidery that also factor into cost:

A polyester thread is less expensive than silk but still holds up well over time. It’s great for patterns and designs with more detail since it doesn’t fray easily when cut or torn away from clothing; however, it’s not ideal if we’re looking for something delicate like lace or tulle due to its thickness (and lack of sheen).

Silk thread is much thinner than polyester but tends not to last quite as long—which makes sense considering how much softer silk feels on our skin versus polyester. Many different shades are available, so if we want something subtle yet beautiful, this would be a perfect choice (especially since it comes at an affordable price).

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The specific price is always dependent on the specifics of the project

The answer will always depend on our project’s specifics if we want to know how much it’ll cost to get our name embroidered on something. The more details we can provide about what we’d like embroidered, the easier for us to give an accurate quote. For example:

  • Are there any fonts or designs that are particularly important?
  • Do we have any specific colors in mind?
  • How big is our logo, and where do we want it placed on the item (shoulder seam, chest pocket)?


Before estimating the cost of embroidery, we must consider our location. For example, if we’re located in Miami Florida and need embroidery in Boise Idaho, there are more costs associated with traveling from one place to another than if we were both in the same town. We also need to know whether we will provide materials such as thread or fabric. Not all projects require this extra step (for example, a pair of socks), but other items may require specific colors that aren’t available at local shops (for example, a ring).

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