Embroidery Information

Languages: For Japanese, names and non-Japanese words will be translated using Japanese katakana characters. Katakana is interpreted phonetically. Most martial arts styles and other words will be translated using kanji characters which are interpreted literally. There are three different fonts available for the Japanese and Chinese - "kai", which has very structured strokes; "gyo", which has free-flowing strokes; and "goth", which has block structure. Korean is also available in two different fonts - "gungsu", which has a scripted appearance; and "dotum", which is very linear. Please clarify any difficult pronunciation of names in the Special Instructions area.

Other languages such as Greek, Hebrew, Russian and Arabic can be embroidered but translations for these languages will need to be provided by email.

Process: After the uniform or belt embroidery order is placed, a layout will be sent for review and approval prior to embroidery. Belt production will begin when the order is placed, but embroidery will not begin until the layout is approved. Allow up to 12 business days from the order date for the layout, and up to 20 business days from the order date for production to be completed. 12 business day and 6 business day production options are also available for embroidered items.

Thread: We are currently using genuine American Iris trilobal polyester embroidery thread, which is the only thread of it's kind made entirely in the USA. A wide variety of colors are available including metallic gold and metallic silver. Our standard embroidery construction is Thru-Belt embroidery, and Front-Only and Front-Back embroidery construction is also available for select belt styles (see below).


Thru-Belt Embroidery Thru-Belt
This is our standard embroidery method which involves using a similar color bobbin thread for single color embroidery. This gives the back surface of the belt a consistent color and the text has a mirror image effect. The embroidery on the front of the belt is sharp and unobstructed, as it is applied on top of the construction stitches of the belt. Logos and multi-color embroidery have a less-than-finished look on the back.
Front-Only Embroidery Front-Only
This embroidery method involves a special belt construction in which the embroidery does not show on the back surface. The construction threads of the belt will ride over the top of the embroidery on the front, giving it a unique look. This technique prevents the embroidery site from becoming puffy and weak in structure. We will not embroider rank stripes using this method. This embroidery style is only available for select belts.
Front-Back Embroidery Front-Back
This embroidery method involves a special belt construction that allows for embroidery to be placed on the front and back surfaces of the belt. The construction threads of the belt will ride over the top of the embroidery on both surfaces, creating a unique look. This technique prevents the embroidery site from becoming puffy and weak in structure. We will not embroider rank stripes using this method. Use the Special Instructions box to add back surface embroidery details.

Embroidery Effects Embroidery Effects
Embroidery effects options are available within the thread color options. When ordering, please specify the colors to be used. Not available on stiff-core belts. Watch Video

Embroidery Thread Colors Embroidery Thread Colors
A wide variety of thread colors are available, including metallic thread for silver and gold. For belt embroidery we do not recommend metallic thread for stiff-core belts.