Embroidery Information

Process

After your embroidery order is processed, production begins within 24-48 hours. An embroidery design proof will be sent for your review within approximately two weeks for standard production orders. Embroidery will not begin until a design is approved.

Proofs are sent via email as a PDF file. Changes to the embroidery design can be requested upon your review of the design. The embroidery process will begin after your approval is received. After embroidery is completed, your order will be shipped and you’ll be emailed the tracking information. See our Returns page for further information on embroidered products.

 

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.

 

Construction

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. There is no guarantee for the look of the back surface of the embroidery, since the back surface is where the top thread and the bobbin thread meet and tie off.

Thru-Belt 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. Rank stripes and horizontal text will always be sewn as Thru-Belt and not Front-Back or Front-Only. Front-Only embroidery is only available for select belts, where offered.

Front-Only 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 back surface embroidery can be the same as the front or it can be something completely different if you like. The back surface embroidery is included in the Front-Back cost as long as it is of equal or lesser value. 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. Use the Special Instructions box to add the back surface embroidery details. Rank stripes and horizontal text will always be sewn as Thru-Belt and not Front-Back or Front-Only. Front-Back embroidery is only available for select belts, where offered.

Front-Back Embroidery

 

Logos

Logos with multiple thread colors will be embroidered with a white bobbin rather than matching each front surface embroidery color. The back surface of thru-belt embroidery, in this case, will be a bit random in coloration but will primarily be white. If a logo has only one color, or in some cases two colors, we will match the bobbin thread to the front surface embroidery colors.

Thru Belt Logo Embroidery

 

Embroidery Thread

We are currently using genuine Iris trilobal polyester embroidery thread, with fibers sourced in USA. Robison Anton thread may be used as an alternative which is sourced internationally and manufactured in the USA. A wide variety of colors are available including metallic threads and limited time options such as neon or multi-color variagated. Two-color effects are available as Shadow and Outline embroidery, but please note that metallic thread is not available for Shadow or Outline embroidery, nor for stiff firmness belts. Shadow and Outline embroidery is not available for Poom, Renshi, Stripe, or stiff firmness belts.

Embroidery Thread Colors

 

Fonts

Some fonts are better suited for embroidery than others depending on the location and size of the embroidery location. Fonts with serifs and thinner elements, such as Old English or Algerian, embroider more cleanly when the font size is large. Fonts without serifs or with consistent column thickness, such as Arial and Rockwell, are more suited for smaller font size embroidery. Also, consider ALL Caps or simple fonts for vertical orientation embroidery. We don't recommend Script font for vertical embroidery. The embroidered character size for belts will generally be up to 1 inch tall per line, but a larger font size may be possible upon request and for an additional cost.

Martial Arts Embroidery Fonts

 

Inspiration

With so many choices, it may be hard to decide on your embroidery. Check out our social media pages or the gallery for examples of what we have done for other customers to get the creativity flowing. You will also find videos explaining some of our unique products and some video reviews from our customers.