EMBROIDERY guidelines - types of stitches

Embroidery Guidelines:

There are 3 kinds of stitches –

• A run stitch (a single line of stitching). 
• Satin stitches, this is rows of run stitches next to one another to create a satin look.
• Tatami stitches, also know as the fill stitch. These are  staggered run stitches.

Good embroidery uses  a combination of Satin and Tatami stitches to make up the design.  

Run stitch is usually avoided on caps because of the thickness of the material.  


Run stitch – for lines less than 1mm 

Satin Stitch – for lines 1mm wide to 10mm wide 

Tatami Stitch – for thicker lines above 8mm + wide


We do not accept photographic images for embroidery.  

It’s not possible to reproduce photographic images using the embroidery process without re-drawing the entire image from scratch. 

Are you trying to create a outline of a person, or perhaps their unique features, within your design?

Try simplifying their picture into a silhouette – see our Bruce Lee inspired cap for an example of this type of design. 

avoid lots of text!

Avoid designs involving lots of small text. This won’t embroider well and maybe even be unreadable. 

We recommend going no smaller a height of 5 or 6mm. 

It’s always best to keep the text bigger. 

Larger text embroiders well and people will be able to read it when you wear your custom cap! 

Embroidery guidelines - BIG & BOLD text

Big and bold is the way to go with embroidery designs.

Large letters embroider well, look sharper and have a far greater impact.

design your own cap


We love 3D embroidery! 

But please note –  not all designs work well in 3D. 

If you have a 3D design you would like us to take a look at, please complete the form below. Add your design and we’ll take a look.

For info : For 3D designs the smallest line width possible is 3mm and the largest should be no wider than 12mm. Don’t worry if this sounds confusing! Send us your idea and we’ll advise what will work best for you. 

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