Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Actually, if you live in Wilmington, N.C., our weather has been frightful for a couple of weeks now. By frightful, I mean cold (not snow!). All of the staff members are sporting their Queensboro fleeces from the remnants table. The warehouse is either a tropical jungle or an Alaskan igloo, depending upon where your desk is. We frequently get to try out our outerwear while we are at work. (Our facilities manager tries really hard to maintain an even temperature, but when you are heating or cooling the equivalent of an airplane hangar, there is not always a lot that can be done.)
Because the cold weather is upon us, I am certain that you are going to want to stock up on fleece. Lots of fleece. At Queensboro, you can get fleece jackets, fleece scarves, fleece beanie hats, fleece blankets and more! Before you order your fleece, there are a few things you should know about the relationship between fleece fabric and embroidery. Last week, I wrote a post about the characteristics of fleece fabric to help our customers (and myself) learn more about fleece. I did not talk about the process of embroidery on fleece. To help you get the best results for your fleece order, here is some information about the way Queensboro embroiders fleece.
- Fleece is a fabric with a high nap. That means it is a thick fabric. Logos with lots of thin lines and lettering often need a bit of tweaking for best results. It is possible to embroider these logos on fleece, but we do recommend you consider allowing us to eliminate thin outlines and thicken up fine text.
- The fleece will generally compact slightly after a few washings, so if your logo has fine details and you do not want us to eliminate or thicken those details, your logo will begin to stand out more after time.
- When Queensboro’s digitizers modify logos for embroidery on fleece, they thicken the logo by adding more stitches to the logo and shrinking the spacing between the stitches. This keeps the logo from sinking into the thick fabric, and keeps the fabric from sticking out between the threads of the logo.
- The embroidery machine operators and packers showed me the solvy they use to stabilize the fleece fabric during embroidery. Solvy is a water-soluble stabilizer that the embroidery machine operators place on top of the fleece once it has been hooped and placed on the machine. The solvy makes the embroidery surface smooth and flat so that the end result is clearer and crisper. After the fleece is embroidered, the packer removes the excess and then uses the steamer to release small pieces from around the embroidery. Any solvy that is left will dissolve during the first wash.
Each of these steps helps Queensboro produce your embroidered fleece outerwear and items at the highest possible quality so that your logo will shine.