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Guide To Taking Care of Your Custom Embroidered Clothing

Posted by Meghan Semple on
Guide To Taking Care of Your Custom Embroidered Clothing

In a nutshell, Ted & Stitch is all about embroidered branded workwear, promotional clothing, slogan clothing such as hoodies, t-shirts and sweaters. We are based in Northern Ireland but deliver right across the UK and Ireland. 

Here’s a guide that will provide you with all the information you need regarding how to care for your embroidered clothing so that it continues to look as good as the first day it was stitched onto the garment. From washing and ironing to folding and storing, we will give you some useful tips to ensure the embroidery will stay in tip-top shape!

Washing your embroidered clothing

Before you consider the embroidery on your clothing, you need to think about the clothing item itself. Always read the washing instructions and follow them carefully.

Top Tips When Washing Embroidered Clothing:
  • Wash your item before its first wear - we always recommend washing any new items of clothing. 
  • Embroidery thread is best washed at 30 degrees and is guaranteed not to fade or distort if washed at this temperature. It is also good practice to wash embroidered clothing inside out, as this will protect the embroidery and increase its longevity.
  • When washing an embroidered item of clothing there are a few things to be aware of. Undo any buttons and close any zips on the garment, this will ensure the shape is maintained during the wash. You may also want to check the pockets for any sharp items such as money or credit cards that could damage your clothing and the embroidery during the wash cycle.
  • Don’t dry clean a garment that has been embroidered. Dry cleaning uses chemicals that will affect the embroidery thread.


Ideally, a garment that has been embroidered is best dried by lying on a flat surface. This is not always possible so hanging it on a clothes rack will be fine. Try not to leave in a damp or wet environment before your garment is fully dried. This is not only bad for the embroidery but also the garment itself. Please don’t tumble dry a garment that has embroidery on it, as the thread is not designed to be tumble dried and will not react well to this form of drying.


All embroidered garments should be ironed inside out on the reverse of any embroidered logo. You should never iron directly over the embroidery itself as the high temperatures from the iron may damage the thread and therefore the logo.

Storing & Folding

To protect the embroidered logo on your clothing, hang it up in your wardrobe. If you need to fold the item to place in a drawer or suitcase, avoid folding along the embroidered logo or text so as not to stretch the thread.

If you follow the instructions above, we are confident that the embroidery will outlast the garment itself and will continue to look fantastic after washing. If you have any questions about how to wear a garment over time then please contact us at Ted & Stitch for more information. 

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