Customizing your own apparel is a fun and creative way to advertise a business, event, or fundraiser. While deciding on a logo or design is central to customizing your apparel, choosing the best method of customization is equally important. Customers regularly request that garments be embroidered, screen printed, or heat pressed. However, sometimes the best chosen method is none of the above. In these instances, twill applique is the perfect method to customizing your apparel.
Twill applique is something not often used, but widely useful. Often, when brought up, we receive puzzled looks and a few questions. To further explain the process and benefits of twill applique, we thought we would answer all of your questions here.
What in the world is Twill Applique?
Applique is the process of sewing the twill onto a garment. Twill is 100% polyester. Twill comes in a variety of colors and has pressure sensitive adhesive on one side, to ensure easy layout positioning.
Why twill? Can’t we just embroider?
You can always have a logo embroidered onto your garment. However, larger logos that contain hundreds of thousands of stitches can distort your garment. Because long stitches often come loose, smaller stitches are used to complete embroidered logos. This means more stitches and more thread. The more thread you use, the more likely your logo is to bunch the fabric of your garment, simply because of the weight of the thread. To keep this from happening, we sometimes use twill, a polyester material that can be cut in the shape of your logo and sewn with 80% less stitching.
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