CUSTOM embroidery

Embroidery Explained

Embroidery is a grouping of threads in one or more colors sewn directly onto a fabric in a pre-programmed way to create a design. Embroidery is an extremely common form of apparel decoration involving logos and corporate branding.


We operate two TEMX-C1501 Tajima single-head embroidery machines, and one TMAR-K1506C Type 2 six-head embroidery machine.  Tajima is the most popular and reputable embroidery machine brand in the world. Our new 6 head is the most advanced embroidery machine available! We use Tajima DC15 by Pulse software for digitizing, and Madeira threads for embroidery.


A digitized file (.dst or .pxf) is required for embroidery.  Unless you have embroidered your design before, this is not likely a file you would have, nor have the software to create one.  We can digitize files for you. In most cases, designs cost $30 for up to 15,000 stitches to digitize. A few exceptions apply. Please email your file to us for more information.  If we are digitizing your file, vector art is ideal; however, any file type will work.  The better the clarity of the file supplied, the better your embroidery results will be.
-File types: Corel Draw (.cdr), Adobe Illustrator (.ai), .svg, .eps, and in some cases, .pdf files.  We can also use good quality .jpg, .gif, .psd, .png, and other raster file types. If you don’t have professional graphic design software, you can use our online designer, or have us create something for you.  We can also convert raster images to vector art for a fee.

Embroider-able Fabrics:

A variety of fabrics will work for embroidery, including, but not limited to: 100% cotton, 50/50 cotton/polyester blend, tri blends, 100% polyester, and vinyl. Because garments/fabrics being embroidered do not require heat presses or dryers, they do not need to be brand new or completely free of detergent for safe decorating.

Decoration Locations and Size:

The design must fit in one of our embroidery hoops, and the hoop must fit on the garment or fabric.  If you aren’t sure an area can be embroidered, please bring it to our office and we will confirm your options.  We have hoops large enough to sew designs up to approximate 12″ x 18″.

Thread Colors:

Hundreds of embroidery thread color exists. We proudly use Madeira embroidery threads for all embrodiery work, unless another thread is specificially requested. If we don’t stock a color you require, one can be ordered from our books of thread samples. The colors can be found on Maderia’s website. Most colors come from the Polyneon and Classic Rayon color books.  The following are a list of thread color codes we stock:

The following are a list of thread color codes we stock:

30 weight thread: 1000, 1001
40 weight thread: 1000, 1001, 1011, 1023, 1024, 1032, 1037, 1041, 1042, 1049, 1051, 1056, 1067, 1070, 1076, 1078, 1079, 1080, 1082, 1083, 1087, 1098, 1110, 1118, 1122, 1125, 1127, 1132, 1133, 1136, 1144, 1147, 1151, 1158, 1164, 1166, 1176, 1181, 1223, 1225, 1226, 1232, 1242, 1243, 1246, 1250, 1293, 1294, 1308, 1321, 1329, 1370, 1377, 1385, 1392, 1675, 1741, 1747, 1940, 1971, 2014, 2017, 2021, 2031, 2148, 4011
60 weight thread: 1000, 1001, 1076, 1242, 1670

Garment Care:

Once you have your garment, proper care is necessary to achieve a normal garment and print life. For all garments, we recommend cold-water washing inside out and hang drying. You may tumble dry on fluff (no heat). Never iron over the decoration. Following these steps will help you achieve the maximum amount of life for your garment. Remember, no garment or decoration is designed to last forever!

Embroidery Fonts:

We have hundreds of embroidery fonts in stock and ready to go. Additional fonts can be digitized for embroidery use. To see our embroidery fonts, click on the following PDF files to see samples of what the fonts look like, what keystrokes are available, and the recommended minimum and maximum height for embroidery.


 Our state-of-the-art Tajima TMAR-K1506C-360 Type 2 6 head

Single Head Tajima Embroidery

We have samples of all this and more in our office. Please come by and check them out, get your questions answered, and see if emboridery is right for your apparel project!

If you are looking for custom embroidery in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area (Alexandria, Anderson, Arcadia, Avon, Bargersville, Beech Grove, Broad Ripple, Brooklyn, Brownsburg, Camby, Carmel, Chesterfield, Cicero, Clayton, Clermont, Cloverdale, Cumberland, Danville, Edgewood, Edinburgh, Elwood, Fishers, Fortville, Franklin, Frankton, Greencastle, Greenfield, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Ingalls, Lapel, Lawrence, Lebanon, Martinsville, McCordsville, Meridian Hills, Monrovia, Mooresville, Morristown, Nashville, New Palestine, New Whiteland, Noblesville, Pendleton, Pittsboro, Plainfield, Princes Lakes, Shelbyville, Sheridan, Southport, Speedway, St. Paul, Thorntown, Trafalgar, Warren Park, Westfield, Whiteland, Whitestown, and Zionsville), A+ Images can help.

Not located in one of these cites? We also service Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, Evansville, Northwest Indiana. Contract embroidery pricing is also available.

For questions about embroidery or digitizing, please contact Doug via email, or call 317-405-8955.