There may be a lot of custom embroidery companies only, but not all can actually delivery what they advertise. If you are on the hunt to order custom or woven patches, or whatever embroidered emblem you are searching for, it would be a sensible idea to research first on various companies to find out more about the one that offers the best quality patches at a reasonable price tag.
If you already have a particular company in mind, you should start by visiting the website of that company. See if you will be able to establish the number of years they have been in such a business. Companies are supposed to provide their phone number, so that clients are able to speak with their customer or sales representatives before actually placing their orders.
If you can get hold of a salesperson on the phone, make sure that any special deals or offers as advertised on their website are still available as well any restrictions that maybe attached to it, such as the least amount you can order.
A price list should also be made available by companies anywhere in their website. Check with the salesperson for any price guarantee being offered by this company, or whether they accept competitors’ coupons, if not quotes.
A lot of the notable custom patch providers will equal or match a competitors offer, usually if you can show them a written proof of such an offer. If you have a specific date that you need the patches for, you should inform the salesperson immediately since rush orders are usually more expensive than the regular price.
You may also be able to gauge the standing of embroidery companies by finding out if they have been given accreditation by some large groups/organizations to create the emblems and patches for them.
Unless, a company is duly licensed they are not allowed to display logo or emblem of that group on their website and marketing materials. Any endorsement by such established organizations is a good sign, considering that they are usually very careful in terms of the companies they interact with.
Lastly, check out the patches being featured by the company by visiting their gallery section. A company with tiny, if not poor quality images on its website is likely trying to hide that these patches and emblems are really of poor quality.
Even if you are considering to put your personal artwork forward, choose a company that includes “in-house” designers on their payroll.
It is going to make things more convenient as well turnaround time quicker in case some last minute modifications have to be done. If you feel that this company does hire designers on-staff because they only want to hold back on the expenses, you will not want them to design your patch or do this service for you.