Eye-catching 3D Designs that “Stand” out!

Published - 1st August, 2016

The 3D Embroidery Process.

Create eye-catching 3D embroidered designs that “STAND” out.

There are a number of key design elements that need to be taken into account before a logo can be created as 3D embroidery;

  • Keep it thick –  Thick lettering or shapes from 3mm to 12.7mm will allow for a clean crisp finish.  Any less and the foam will be lost in the final design.
  • Spacing – Good spacing between the lettering/shapes is essential, 3mm or more will allow  the design to stand out without any bleed.
  • Smooth  – Rounded off or smooth endpoints allow for a cleaner finish and reduce the risk of excess foam creeping out from behind the logo.
  • Keep it simple  – Try to stay clear of complex designs by keeping small design elements as flat embroidery and larger bolder elements as 3D.  Also removing any unnecessary loops and curls in the logo will allow for a better finish.
  • Gaps – Where there are parts of a letter with gaps such as “e” or “o”, the choice of font/logo is crucial. If the gap is too small the stitching will pull into the gap therefore losing the definition of the design.  Making sure there is a clear gap of 3mm + will in most cases overcome the issue.

Even with the above key points not all logos will work in 3D, but by speaking to one of the sales team we can advise on the options available to you.

The 3D embroidery process starts with the “DIGITIZING” of the design, essentially making a digital file that the machine can read and recreate as an embroidery.  With most flat embroidered logos the satin stitches are very short and, in some instances, end up being link stitches when the design becomes very detailed.  If this type of disc was used to create a 3D variation of the logo the foam would end up falling apart, we will explain more about this later.  So a 3D logo needs to be created slightly differently with  much longer satin stitches – in some cases up to 12.7mm width.

Once the disc is created it’s not just a case of framing up the cap and placing it on the machine.  Before we hit start, the most important part of the whole process needs to be added –  THE FOAM. Most foams are around 2-3mm thick but Sharon Lee has produced a slightly thicker variation at 4mm,  giving an even more raised finish.

With the foam placed on the cap a single running stitch is added to hold the foam in place.  The larger satin stitches created in the design mean that the needle enters the cap through the foam on one side of the logo. It then runs across to the other side of the logo, meaning that once the run has finished you end up with a perforated foam panel. The excess foam is then removed leaving the embroidered design and foam securely stitched onto the cap. Any excess foam inside the design is then weeded out by hand.

There is one additional stage that ensures the very best finish but Sharon Lee is keeping that secret “under their hat”.

For further details about 3D embroidery please contact the Sharon Lee sales team on 01376 552235 or email the sales team at info@sharonleeltd.co.uk