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Buyers Guide for Printed and Embroidered Clothing

Here at Positive Branding we want to make your experience of using our website and buying from us as painless as possible.

Below is a diagram that displays an overview of the process we follow when providing services. We have also have a “New To Workwear” section for new users and an “Experienced Buyer” section for those of you that have used us or another workwear company in the past.

In the “New To Workwear” section you will also find further information that help you find answers to the most common questions, but please remember, if you don’t find the answer, simply call us on 020 8912 1515 or use the “Call Me Back” form on the right and a representative will be able to help.

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  • How to buy promotional clothing

    We will try and make buying customised embroidered or printed workwear as painless as possible (you might even enjoy it).

    Here are the key elements to purchasing customised workwear for your staff.

    Garment selection – The most important aspect of purchasing workwear for your staff is to make sure that the clothes you buy are suitable for the purpose. They must be hard-wearing, comfortable, safe to work-in (and meet any health & safety regulations) and promote the image you want for your company.

    Design and logo – Most companies have some form of design or logo they use on their headed notepaper. We can take that design and create an image suitable to be applied onto your garments. If you simply have a text style we can replicate that for you.

    Decoration method – The three main decoration methods are embroidery, screen printing and transfer printing. We will discuss which method is most suitable for your garments. This will depend on the design and size of your logo, the garments and their intended use. Our experience will ensure you get the best from your garments.

    Payment – All non-account customers are required to pay by pro-forma invoice prior to Positive Branding starting the job.

    Delivery – We will endeavour to deliver your workwear within 7-10 days from receipt of payment. We use local, national and international delivery companies and can man-pack and distribute to any number of locations worldwide.

    Next step – Please contact us to discuss your requirements in detail or click here for ordering info and an example of our order form and payment methods. You can click here to print an order form.

  • Experienced at buying customised clothing and workwear

    As you’ve done this sort of thing before you know we need a certain amount of information to give you an accurate quotation.

    Garment selection – Are the garments you currently use suitable and are you happy with their durability? Do you want to add a new type of garment to the clothing you currently provide to your staff?

    Design and logo – You have a logo or design. What format do you have it in? Please email a it to us so we can look at it and determine its suitability.

    Decoration method – As you know, the three main decoration methods are embroidery, screen printing and transfer printing. Is your current method still suitable? Do you want to discuss with us the other options? Our experience will ensure you get the best from your garments.

    Payment – All non-account customers are required to pay by pro-forma invoice prior to Positive Branding starting.

    Delivery – We will endeavour to deliver your workwear within 7 days from receipt of payment. We use local, national and international delivery companies and can man-pack and distribute to any number of locations worldwide.

    Next step – Please contact us to discuss giving you a firm quote or use our Call Me Back service and we’ll call you!

  • Embroidery & Printing Artwork Information

    We can work with any of the following formats:

    JPG, BMP, GIF, PDF, TIFF, EPS, AI, Word document

    The higher the quality of artwork you provide the better we can produce your design.

    Please don’t get hung up on which format will be best, simply send us through what you have and we’ll contact you if we have any questions or issues with the artwork you provide. We’re here to help!

    You can send us your artwork by:

  • Our Charges

    Set-up charges are paid only once, no matter how many times you re-order.

    Embroidery

    • Up to 12 thread colours per design (minimum order 12 garments)
    • Your company logo ‘set-up’ @ £30.00 + VAT (subject to sight of logo)
    • Your company name (using a standard font) ‘set-up’ @ £20.00 + VAT

    Transfer/Digital Print

    • Your design ‘set-up’ @ £30.00 + VAT

    Screen Print

    • Your design ‘set-up’ @ £25.00 + VAT per colour printed. Dark coloured garments will require an additional screen (called a base screen).
    • Repeat jobs will incur a re-shooting charge of £5 per screen per design/colour
    • Cost to print additional colours – discuss with sales
    • Cost to print the same ‘one colour’ design in an additional position – discuss with sales

    Vinyl Print (CAD cut)

    • One-off ‘set-up’ @ £30.00 + VAT per design (can be multi colours)

    Digital Print (DTG)

    • One-off ‘set-up’ @ £30.00 + VAT per design (can be multi colours)

    Delivery Costs

    These depend on the number of boxes in the delivery – this will be calculated at the time of the quote.

    We can offer a next day, pre-noon or pre 10.30am for rush jobs.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Here we try and answer your questions. We also have a glossary to explain the terminology.

    We explain the jargon used in our industry and hopefully make the ordering process easy for you. We understand this is not your industry and you may not be familiar with what’s needed to buy branded workwear.

    Minimum Order Quantity
    12 garments is the minimum number of items you can order from us as your first order. This can be split over any number of styles. After your first order the minimum re-order quantity is 10 items – all to have the same decoration.

    What is Digitising?
    This is the process of taking a design and creating a computerised pattern which will be read by an embroidery machine. This digitised pattern is different from a JPEG or GIF or other computer images.

    How much does digitising cost?
    There are 2 prices. For basic text the cost is £20 + VAT. For a logo/design the cost is £30 + VAT. These prices are subject to sight of the text/design.

    What is Customised Embroidered Workwear?
    Clothing that has been decorated with a company’s logo or name or both.

    What is Embroidery?
    A method of decorating a garment using needles and thread. The decoration can be simple text or an elaborate design or both. Our prices include embroidery up to 6,000 stitches per design. Larger designs will incur and additional cost.

    What is Screen Printing?
    A method of decorating a garment using inks that are laid onto the garment using a series of screens, one screen for each colour used, plus a base screen for dark coloured garments.

    What is Transfer Printing?
    A method of decorating a garment using either vinyl or a design printed onto a special sheet which is then transferred onto the garment using a heat-press.

    What is Workwear?
    Workwear is a term used for garments supplied by a company for its staff to wear during the working day. Usually associated with production staff. It serves to protect the employee whilst ensuring they are presentable when meeting customers or suppliers.

    What is Corporatewear?
    Corporatewear is a term used for garments supplied by a company for its staff to wear during the working day. Usually associated with smarter garments such as formal shirts and blouses, trousers, ties and skirts. Perfect for staff that are ‘front-office’ or ‘customer facing’. Staff wearing these garments are usually happy as they are supplied with smart looking and functional clothes and don’t have to worry what they’ll wear for work everyday.

    What is PPE?
    PPE is an abbreviation for Personal Protective Equipment. This is for workers employed in industries that are regulated by safety bodies such as the HSE Health & Safety Executive or are at risk whilst working. Garments have to meet strict criteria and are certified so you know you are supplying/wearing garments that have been determined as sufficiently protective for their use.

    If you require additional help or clarification please telephone Jonathan on 020 8912 1515 or use our Call Me Back function on the right of your screen.

  • 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.

    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.

    Vinyl – A material cust 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.

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Screen Printing Services

We are able to produce deigns with up to 8 different colours – all produced on modern automatic print presses. This process is best suited to large volume orders. We have fixed timelines so you know when to expect delivery of your screen-printed garments. For new customers, we will prepare the layout and email a PDF to you for approval usually within 48 hours. Once we receive your approval (or if it's a repeat order), production will start and your garments will usually be despatched within 7 working days. We specialise in offering a range of printed t-shirts that can be used for screen printing services.

Transfer & Vinyl Printing

The easiest way to describe transfer and vinyl printing is to ask you to think about the name and number on the back of a football player’s shirt. The player’s name and number is cut from vinyl material and applied by a heat press. Transfer printing is similar in that the design is printed onto a transfer sheet and then applied using a heat press. Both these processes are suitable for small quantities of a design with many colours or individual monogramming (name and numbering). Heat pressing garments requires us to select the best combination of time, pressure and heat to ensure the design is permanently applied onto the garment and is durable. Once we receive your approval (or if it's a repeat order), production will start and your garments will usually be despatched within 7 working days.

Digital Printing (DTG)

This is a relatively new process, and the easiest way to describe DTG printing is to imagine a t-shirt being put through your desktop inkjet printer. Whilst the process and hardware is a lot more sophisticated, the essence of the print is the same. This process works brilliantly for low volume orders. Once we receive your approval (or if it's a repeat order), production will start and your garments will usually be despatched within 7 working days. Why not use the Call Me Back feature on the right of this page to find out more or, if you are satisfied, simply get a quote?.

About Screen Printing

Screen printing first appeared in China in 1960 during the Song Dynasty. It arrived in Europe in the late 1700s and until the 1960s was referred to as ‘silk screen printing’. Techniques, materials and inks have greatly improved but the basic method hasn’t changed that much in over a thousand years. The process now involves taking a design, separating it into the individual colours and ‘shooting’ (a photographic process) the image onto a screen, which is in fact a very fine mesh held taught by a frame. Then squeezing coloured ink through the screen onto the garment. A separate screen is required for every colour printed. Today we use extremely durable inks that will last many years and many washes.

Embroidery Services

We don’t just embroider logos and designs on t –shirts, hoodies, work fleeces and many more, we can also embroider logos and designs onto bags and holdalls. Embroidery also works well on garments that need industrial washing such as overalls and coveralls. The design is usually placed on the front of the garment on the left breast pocket position (this is known as ‘left breast as worn’) but can be placed anywhere including the sleeve, nape of neck and across the shoulders.

Our embroidery service starts with the original design. Our customer will send us the design (preferably as a jpg or PDF) and we will ‘digitise’ the design, so that a computer can understand it.

Once we have created this file we will email a PDF visual of the design to our customer to check if the design is correct. We have fixed timelines so you know when to expect delivery of your garments. For new customers, the process of creating the digitised design and emailing a PDF to you for approval will usually be completed within 48 hours. Once we receive your approval (or if it is a repeat order), production will start and your embroidered garments will usually be despatched within 7 working days. Why not use the Call Me Back feature on the right of this page to find out more or, if you are satisfied, simply get a quote?

About Embroidery

Embroidery is the method of decorating a garment using needles and coloured threads, a bit like a miniature tapestry.

The embroidery can be simple text such as a company name or a very detailed design such as a military crest. Our modern computer controlled embroidery machines run 12 colours so you can use up to 12 colours in your design at no extra cost.

Typically, company logos have between two and four colours. Embroidery is suitable for all types of garments including t-shirts, polo shirts jackets, sweatshirts and fleeces as well as baseball caps and beanies.

Embroidery Example

Promotional Clothing

We supply promotion clothing such as polo shirts, printed t shirts and hoodies as well as corporate gifts to a huge number of diverse organisations; from church groups to sports clubs and multi-national companies to charities.

What they all have in common is that their promotional item must make a statement. This may be a simple logo and slogan on a polo shirt for staff to wear at a trade exhibition or a corporate gift with a marketing message. Sometimes they’re used as a giveaway with a purchase or to promote a new product.

The one thing we know for sure about your promotional event is that the start date won’t change – so ensure you use a company that fully understands your deadline (that's us).

Clothing has for a long time been used as a promotional tool. It is cost effective, long lasting and people love a useful freebee. We print and embroider t-shirts, polos and sweatshirts at high speed and in volume to ensure your event deadline is met.

Promotional Merchandise

Promotional gifts are an ideal way to give an existing customer or prospective customer something by which they can remember you and your company. From printed pens and sticky note pads to the latest USB memory sticks - we can brand almost anything.

Showroom

Visit our North West London clothing showroom and try before you buy! We specialise in providing high speed, high quality embroidery and printing onto corporate clothing, workwear and uniforms. Our London location allows us to serve Marketing/PR agencies, Financial Institutions, Charities, and 000's of businesses that value doing business with a London based company.

The showroom is an integral aspect of our business. Although many of our customers buy by telephone or over the internet, our showroom offers our customer the opportunity to visit and benefit from our years of experience.

Customers can look, touch and feel the garments and compare with similar styles. It is also useful for the sales staff here to be able to go into the showroom and check the specification of a garment and then report back to the customer.

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