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Monogramming vs Embroidery and How To Choose
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Monogramming vs Embroidery and How To Choose

Hang around the world of personalized gift blanks long enough and you’ll eventually be faced with the choice between using monogramming or embroidery to decorate those blanks. While most people tend to use these terms interchangeably, in reality they have some noticeable - and important - differences both in terms of design, as well as cost per application (more on that later).

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What is a Monogram?

A monogram, quite simply, is a connected pattern of letters that represent an individual’s or couple’s initials. Occasionally a border or a small, monotone shape will accompany these initials.

Commonly seen on apparel (accessories, towels, garments, handbags, etc.), a monogram can be used by anyone to not only personalize a product, but add a touch of class to it as well. Monogrammed gifts are particularly popular around life milestones like weddings, baby showers, graduations, new homes, and so on.

Okay, So Then What is Embroidery?

Embroidery has been around for centuries and is used to create more detailed and intricate images or scenes than the basic letters of a monogram. While historically embroidery has used yarn or thread while incorporating different decorative elements like beads or pearls, in the gift industry today, embroidery is largely limited to just thread and is most often used for adding company logos to gift products.

Monogramming vs Embroidery Service

Embroidery Services vs. Monogramming Services

Outside of some of the occasions listed above, when is it ideal to lean towards embroidery and when should you choose a monogram instead?

The answer really just comes down to this: How intricate is your design? The more intricate, the more you want to lean towards embroidery. If your design is simple, mostly relying on lettering in one thread color, then ordering a monogram is the right path for you.

All of which seems pretty straightforward, so why the persistent confusion around these two services? The reason why is that they are not necessarily mutually exclusive. It’s not unheard of to combine both of them together in one design.

Here at CB Station we offer both monogram and embroidery services. Monogram personalization has a turnaround timeframe of two to three business days, while embroidery has a turnaround timeframe of up to seven business days once artwork is approved. The price will depend on the stitch count and quantity of products needing personalization. If you’d like to learn more about taking advantage of our monogram and embroidery services for our products, feel free to browse our website or send us an email at: [email protected]