How does pricing work for screen printing pad printing and embroidery? Setup not included.

Screen and Pad Printing printing cost depend on several factors

Number of colours:
Usually for each next colour add 50% on top of the price for the first colour.
First colour $1.00, Two colours $1.50. Three colours $2.00 etc.

Number of items being printed.
More items, lower the price per item.

Number of positions on the product.
For each next position add 80% of initial cost for the first position.

Embroidery cost relate to number of stitches. Logo of 3,000 stitches is going to take 5 times less time on the embroidery machine then a logo of 15,000 stitches. Pricing also dependent on the number of garments embroidered. More garments, lesser the price per garment.
Number of colours makes no difference in pricing but cannot be larger than 15.

What is the set-up fee and what is it for?

Set-up fee or digitizing fee is the cost of preparing your logo in a format that the embroidery machine can read. It's one time initial fee. We do not charge it for amounts over 100 garments.

Screen Printing:
For screen printing there is a one-time set-up fee for creating films and screens and it is related to number of colours. Separate film and screen has to be developed for each colour of the artwork.

Pad Printing:
Similar as screen printing but instead of screens in pad printing we use plates.

Is it cheaper to do screen printing or embroidery?

Price strictly depend on type of every particular job but rule of thumb is that small quantities multi colour designs are cheaper to be embroidered than screen printed because of higher setup cost for screen printing.

What is recommended embroidery size?

Left chest embroidery design can be embroidered to maximum dimension of 100mm diameter. Logo can be embroidered to the size 240mm x 240 mm but this size is extreme. We do recommend it for jackets only and it may be too expensive and screen printing option for large sizes is what we recommend.

What is the smallest text size you can embroider?

The smallest text we can accurately embroider is about 5mm high.

How many thread colours can I have?

Your embroidery may include up to 15 different colours at no extra charge.

What types of garments produce the best embroidery results?

Close knit fabric like business shirts will produce crisp results for embroidery. Loose knit polo or T-shirts and caps can be difficult for small lettering and detail. But with Matchless Print you can count on our expertise. You'll always get best option..

How well can you match your thread to my artwork?

Problem with colour matching is that there is a several thousand of Pantone© PMS codes and just several hundreds of different thread colours. In embroidery "as close as possible" term is used very often for odd colored logos or designs.

What if I don't have a logo yet?
Matchless Print can help you develop a company logo, or any embroidery, screen print or pad print design. We have in-house graphic designer with over 20 years of industry experience who can guide you and assist you step by step trough process of new logo creation or existing logo re-design. You'll always get best possible advice on implementation of your logo or message.

What type of products can you decorate and supplied?

We have working relationships with all the major wholesalers that supply promotional products in Australia. From simple plastic pen, corporate clothing, polo shirts, T- shirts, hospitality and health wear, jackets, all types of bags, safety gear to exclusive corporate gifts. Generally speaking whatever promotional product you require we can decorate and supply.

How does the order process work?

All you have to do is to let us know about your basic idea about your next promotional campaign.
What type of product you are after, how product is going to be used, quantities and your logo.
Within 24 hrs we'll prepare free virtual Art Ref sheet for you with all job details. After your confirmation, products will be ordered, decorated to your specification and delivered in shortest possible time.
If not sure about product we can supply all mayor suppliers catalogues, we can even supply samples if there is a time to do that. You'll have our extensive industry experience at your disposal to help you with any question you may have regarding your order.

Can I bring my own product in for embroidery and printing?

Yes you can. However, many retail products are not designed for further decoration and each product will need to be assessed before we can confirm that decoration is possible.

What type of items can be decorated?

We say "If we can hold it in one place, we can decorate it." Even odd products like fishing lures...easy.

Can I order if I am not in the local Area?

Yes. We accept orders and we supply Australia wide.

Do I have to come down to your shop to purchase?

No. We have many new and returning customers who just pick up their phone or send us an email...done. We understand that you are busy running your own business and we'll help you as much as we can to make ordering process effortless for you.

Embroidery - Explained
The use of embroidery for decoration and branding is now common in our places of work, sports team kits, gearin up the team for evens, expo's...even in our homes. Widely used on casual embroidered polo shirs, corporate wear, sports wear or embroidered school uniforms promotional embroidery decoration has become an everyday part of our visual world.

When compared with print, embroidery is more three dimensional; offering high lustre and/or textured effects. It is associated with quality, adding value to a branded product
The embroidery we see today is largely produced on computerised embroidery machines. They are specially engineered machines that have a multi-needle fixed ‘embroidery head’ and a frame holder that moves the framed product (for example a garment like a Polo shirt) in two directions so that the embroidery design can be sewn.
The embroidery design is computer generated, created using specialised ‘digitising‘ software. Artwork is interpreted in stitches by plotting a route that the embroidery machine needle/s will take when stitching the design and applying machine functions like colour changes.

When complete the design is transferred to the embroidery machine in a specific ’stitch file’ format or language. When design is transfered in the memory of the embroidery machine, the operator teaches the embroidery machine how to sew the design, which needles to use for which colour and then starts the machine embroidering.
The needles are numbered and each is threaded with a different colour. The embroidery design software provides the operator with a schedule of which colour is to be used in each stage of the design and the stages are numbered in sequence. To teach the machine the operator assigns the relevant needle number to each colour.
The key to good quality embroidery production is understanding and controlling the variables. And this is where the importance of really good embroidery design software cannot be over-emphasised.
How much does it cost to embroider my logo
It is a question that is asked of us very often.
Embroidering can be a time consuming process. It is a custom product. Every job is different and the price can vary a great deal.

Traditionally, embroidery shops set their pricing based on the number of stitches for every separate job. And there is a reason, the more stitches, the more time it takes to embroider - the cost is higher. There is a major disadvantage to this pricing method.
A majority of customers have no idea how many stitches it takes create their logo in embroidery. They have to rely on the embroidery shop to tell them the number of stitches and the price to embroider it.

This Way, it is very difficult for the customer to judge if they are getting a fair deal or paying too much. Also, it is entirely possible that two different shops estimate different number of stitches and give the customer different prices for the same job. That only creates more confusion for customers.

The other method of pricing is much easier for the customer. Method called flat pricing. With this method, the cost of the custom logo embroidery is build right into the cost of the shirt. There is no accounting for the number of stitches it takes to embroider the logo.
In the flat pricing method, the embroidery supplier uses an average stitch count for a left chest logo and then builds that cost into the price of the shirt. Simple.

The other advantage to this pricing method is that it helps buyers make a decision faster since there is no process needed to estimate the stitch count. It takes all the guess work and "estimating" out of the equation.

What is a stitch count and why it doesn't matter
Stitch count, in its simplest form, is defined as the number of embroidery stitches it takes to create a logo or any image in embroidery.

How many stitches it takes to create a logo or image in embroidery is in direct relation to the size or complexity of the logo. The bigger the image, the more stitches need to create it in embroidery.

A very simple logo with very few elements going on the left chest can take a little as 1500 stitches. A larger and more complex logo going on the left chest can require up to 15,000 stitches.
The average logo that we at Matchless Print embroider on the left chest is about 5000 - 8000 stitches.

What is stitch count pricing for logo embroidered apparel?
If you have ever shopped for any custom logo embroidered apparel, you have noticed a variety of pricing options available for this service. There are different pricing models embroidery companies use to price their products. Some companies price by stitch counts, for some the price is included in the decorated garments and yet others use a combination of the two.

Pricing by stitch count has been used by embroidery shops for decades. In fact, it is probably the most commonly used pricing strategy in the industry. Many shops have a basic formula for pricing this way that is usually based on price per thousand stitches.
The model of stitch count pricing is easy to understand. More stitches it takes to create a logo or image in embroidery, the more it costs.

It's sound idea and has its basis in cost accounting methodology. The more stitches it takes to create a logo, the longer it is on the embroidery machine. It takes more time and time is money, right? Embroidery machines are expensive. So the more time it takes to create an image the more it costs.

Whether the design is a small one at 3000 stitches or a large one at 25,000 stitches, using this pricing model gives an embroidery shop relative assurances that they are covering their costs and making money on that project.

What is 3-D or puff embroidery?
Occasionally we get asked about doing a logo in "puff embroidery".
Puff or 3-D embroidery is method of embroidery that "puffs-up" or makes the design more three dimensional.
Puff embroidery is done usually on baseball style caps. The material in polo shirts or jackets is not strong enough to support that kind of embroidery effect.

The additional height used to create the "puff" effect is achieved by using a piece of foam that is placed on top of the item being embroidered. Embroidery is done over the top of the piece of foam giving it the "puff" effect.

Puff embroidery can make a design really stand off on a cap. But as with most things that are cool and unique, there are limitations.

Very few logo designs can be embroidered using this method. The best designs for using puff embroidery are very simple ones.

Most company logos can't be done in puff embroidery. That is because most of the elements that make up company logos are too small to be able to get the foam underneath them during the embroidery process. Logos with thin lines, small text, can't be in puff embroidery.


A monogram is a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or other graphemes to form one symbol. Monograms are often made by combining the initials of an individual or a company, used as recognizable symbols or logos.