Embroidery – How Much Does It Cost?
One of the first questions we get asked is I need such and such embroidery – How much will is cost?
This is actually a difficult question to answer, so let’s endeavor to give you an insight into the costs of embroidery. There are of course a lot of variables and the phrase ‘How long is a piece of string’ generally comes to mind…
The basis for most products is the length of time it takes to produce and the complexity of the finished article. Because we have the capabilities to not only embroider standard designs for use on clothing e.g. uniform, staff clothing etc. and also the skill to produce the more Bespoke embroidery work the answer needs to be investigated in a bit more detail.
Not every enquiry is suitable for embroidery or indeed cost effective. Popular requests to put names on ‘Snap Back’ caps is the current favorite. No-one is willing to embroider just one cap. Why not says the customer, I’ve bought my cap and now I want my name on it. Shouldn’t take you long, they think, it’s just a name. Reality is, to produce a cap with an embroidered name can take as long as TWO hours!
By the time we have chatted to our potential customer, clarified their design, proofed it to them and then set the machine up and actually stitched it, we really would have spend two hours on it! That’s a Bespoke design. Our customer only wishes to pay maximum £10, we think our skill and expertise is worth more than a fiver an hour…
So, as you can see pricing is not quite so straight forward, so let’s give you some ranges that will give you a better idea of what to expect.
The Set Up – correct term is Digitisation.
This is where we turn your idea or image into a useable file that we can embroider the design with. This task is highly skilled and we pride ourselves on our digitisation. Quite often we are not just presented with a design, but a whole problem that has to be worked out and then physically produced.
£7.50 – £12.50
This is a name for a garment e.g. a Bridesmaid’s robe using our customisable fonts
|Simple Designs from
This would be a company logo for example
|Crests & Insignias from
£55 – £75.00
This type of design is far more complex and would take longer to produce
|Bespoke Badges/Patches from
£35 – £65.00
Our machines can cut complicated shapes using veneer needles a technique that it quite rare in embroidery.
Embroidery Charges – the cost of stitching the design.
This is the cost incurred for actually stitching the design.
Prices will vary according to the quantity of the design and the stitch count.
Simple Designs on Workwear start at £4.35 per item and the price will be adjusted according to the quantity required
Crests & Insignias – this type of work is more involved, it may include metallic thread work. This charged by the stitch count or if small quantities are required by the hourly rate. Stitch count costs vary – this can start at 25 pence per thousand stitches and go up to 55 pence pts- dependent on complexity of the work
Bespoke Work – this involves either a degree of high creativity or intense speed for turning the job around for Theater, TV Adverts or Film work.
Our rates are charged at either our hourly rate – currently £35 per hour or our day rate of £395 per day with a minimum of half a day.
We are a VAT registered company and therefore all of our work is liable to the addition of VAT at the current UK rate.
Simplifying the costings for embroidery work in general is not an easy task, so we always recommend that you ask for a quotation first before deciding if this is the right process for you. It’s simple and quick to request a quotation, just fill out the Contact Us form and include any images you have and as much information about your project as possible.
Alternatively pick up the phone and give us a call during office hours on – 020 8523 1617 – and become one of our happy customers.