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Embroidered Clothing Care and Wash Guide

A guide to caring for, washing and drying embroidered clothing.

In this guide we will provide you with information regarding how to care for your embroidered clothing in order to achieve long lasting results and an embroidery that 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 hints and tips to ensure the embroidery on the clothing item outlast the item itself

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Firstly, let’s look at washing your embroidered clothing

Before we consider the embroidery on your clothing you obviously need to think about the garment itself. Always read the washing instructions for the garment carefully and follow them. If the garment is altered in anyway then there is a good chance that this will affect the embroidery on it. For example, if the garment shrinks in the wash the embroidery will bow out on the garment as the stitching itself will not have reduced in size with the garment

The Don'ts of Washing Embroidered Clothing

  • When washing an embroidered item of clothing there 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 that could damage your clothing and the embroidery during the wash cycle (money and credit cards also don’t react well to going around in a washing machine for an hour or so).
  • Embroidery thread is best washed at 30 degrees and is guaranteed not to fade or distort if washed at this temperature. Another area of good practice when washing embroidered clothing is to wash the item inside out. This will protect the embroidery and increase its longevity.
  • Don’t dry clean a garment that has been embroidered. Dry cleaning uses chemicals that will affect the embroidery thread.
  • Finally, wash your garment before its first wear. This will remove any marks from the embroidery frame.

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Secondly, we will look at drying your embroidered clothing item

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. Never 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.

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Thirdly, we will look at how best to iron your embroidered clothing item

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.

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Finally, storing and 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 continue to look great wash after wash. As mentioned above when we remove a garment from the embroidery frame and then remove the backing a small mark can be left. We try to remove any marks prior to dispatching the garments to you but sometimes the odd garment will get through our final check. Any marks created by the frame will come out during the first wash.

If you are unsure about which garments to choose for your specific needs we do provide a list of products that we can work with easily such as embroidered sweatshirts. Or if you have any concerns about how a garment will wear over time then please contact us here at JKL Clothing to discuss your requirements

We hope that you have found the above guide useful. For any further information or to ask us any questions about anything referred to in the guide please contact us by email at sales@jklclothing.co.uk or by phone on 0114 239 8000. One of our trained sales staff will be happy to help.


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