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Custom Embroidery Services

Custom apparel that moves the needle

Show off your business, brand, cause, and more with custom embroidered apparel that is a thread above the rest.

Low minimums

Order as few as 20 items to get your project started.

Lightning fast delivery

Try our 2-day service and get your garments by date.

Money back guarantee

Count on us being on time with each and every order.

Custom embroidery options

Made for showing off your brand in a whole new way.
Looking to add a texture to your custom apparel game? Real Thread offers custom embroidery services for custom t-shirts, custom hats, custom tote bags, and beyond in three unique styles.

Custom embroidered products

From custom t-shirts and hats to hoodies and beanies: our embroidery services have got you covered (literally).
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Custom embroidered hats

Choose from a variety of different custom embroidered hat and beanie styles to showcase your designs on: from baseball hats, trucker hats, dad caps, bucket hats, and beyond.
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Custom embroidered jackets & performance wear

Choose from brands like Next Level and Bella+Canvas, or even The North Face, Nike, and more. Don't see what you're looking for in our product catalogue? Reach out to us! 
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Custom embroidered polos

Marketing made easy: Add your business logo to custom corporate uniforms, polo shirts, accessories, and more. Looking for a personalized embroidered shirt for your business? We've got some great resources.
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Custom embroidered hoodies & sweatshirts

There's nothing better than a soft, cozy sweatshirt or hoodie. These make excellent company gifts to employees, customers, or anyone in between.

Start your custom embroidery order

Fill out the form below with your embroidered apparel request and a someone from the team will get back to you in under two hours.
*20 Piece Order Minimum

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Embroidery Process

Bringing embroidered apparel to life

Our team of stitching wizards/clothing embroiderers are at the ready. Here's how we take your design from cool idea to tangible item.
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Step 1
An embroidery machine is ready to start a project
Step 2
A hat is loaded into the embroidery machine
Step 3 *
The needle punctures the hat to embroider it
Step 4
A finished hat with custom embroidered logo
Our Philosophy

Made for quality that lasts

Real Thread sets itself apart from other custom embroidery shops by slowing down the stitching in order to maintain control over the quality of the finished product. 

While some shops pump out as many as 11,000 stitches per minute with machinery like ours, our team chooses to max out around 800 stitches per minute—ensuring that the job is done to the highest possible quality, regardless of how many units are in your order.
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Made for you,
with you

Our team is always on deck, ready & waiting to walk alongside you to bring your vision to life. Feeling crippled by indecision or overwhelmed by choice? We feel you. Get in touch and we’ll have you on your way to embroidered apparel perfection in no time.
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Custom embroidery FAQs

Where can I order the best custom embroidery?

Well, we may be biased, but we think you came to the right place for shirt embroidery, hat embroidery, and beyond. Have more specific questions about how to get started? Contact us. We're not like regular embroidery companies—we're a *cool* embroidery company 😜

How do you make a custom embroidery design?

We take your beautiful work of art, digitize it, and enter it into our software. From there we choose from two types of stitching: Satin stitching (which stitches back and forth only and is used for smaller areas) or fill stitching (in which the stitching direction can be adjusted to compensate for fabric structure and pulling).

What file types can I send my design to you in?

Basic visual files like PDF, EPS and JPEG work. If you can send in a vector art file, though, it’s  preferred as we can easily manipulate it if adjustments based on threading need to be made.

How many colors can my embroidered apparel design have?

Practically speaking, 7 to 8. That's a little high, though—embroidery works best when it's simple and not muddled up by an overly busy design.

Can I order embroidery on any product?

With embroidered apparel and custom embroidery services, the garment fabric matters less than the shape. In order to be loaded into our embroidery machine and ensure stability during stitching, a product should ideally be laid flat. With that being said, baseball caps are trickier to embroider than sweatshirts, due to their shape. For this reason, hat orders may take a bit longer than others. Need your hats stat? Let us know and we’ll try to make it work!

How big can my design be?

Embroidery designs are typically smaller, but if you want to go big try to keep it in the range of 10 x 10 inches.

What is the average turnaround time for embroidery?

We take great pride in our turnaround times—because we know that as soon as you approve your order, you’ll be waiting with bated breath for the mailman to come a-knockin’. That being said, embroidery is a delicate process (even with high-tech machinery like ours!) and we want to make sure your design is perfect. The faster the stitching, the more the fabric is pulled—which can cause it to warp and spread. Intricate embroidery orders may take a bit longer for this reason.

Orders using specialized services—like puff embroidery—may also have a longer turn time because the material is thicker, requiring a slower stitching process.

That being said: we will always do our best to get your goods in hand when you need them, even if you’re working with a tight deadline. Ready to order embroidery online and need it fast? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

Do you do custom embroidery patches?

You bet! Simply fill out our embroidery request form and they'll be calling you Patch Adams in no time. Note: We don't produce loose patches for individual/bulk purchase, but rather patches that are then applied to a garment of your choice.