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Stitching Winning Images

A simple straight needle is the primary tool of this centuries old art of embellishment, while the threads and yarns used to stitch them are as varied as the designs and symbols they create.

Embroidery is an Art and a Craft born of two worlds…

Once upon a time, embroidered garments and accessories were the mark of wealth, status and royalty that historically sprang from the very humble, and downright practical, beginnings of basic garment production.

In many cases, the designs were common folk telling the stories of their daily lives, historic conflicts and community events by stitching those images onto fabric.

While reinforcing seams, as they mended, patched or tailored fabrics for garments; embroidery evolved from a functional craft to an art form used for elaborate decoration and corporate identification on everything from modern bags and banners to workwear.

The culture of embroidery is varied as well, with examples from as far back as the Cro-Magnon period.

Embroidery is believed to have originated in the Far East/China, with remnants of embroidered garments found in the tomb of the famous Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun, from around 3 BC.

Even Athena was an embroiderer, according to ancient Greek mythology, and her passion for embroidering spawned the tale of a Human vs Goddess competition.

An Asian art, with a fancy French name, that has been used in every culture known to man and deity is a rather good pedigree from where we sit!

History lessons aside, the art of embroidering is alive and well in the 21st century on everything from hats and workwear to team towels and duffel/backpacks.

Crafting colorful and eye catching images is an art form that is going strong today, as both a popular hobby and a thriving business pursuit.

Designs that reflect the chosen image of a group, team or a company are the most common use for the commercial art of embroidering today.

Why Embroidery?


Simply put, having workwear bearing a company logo helps customers identify your staff. The visual image of who that employee represents instantly projects a degree of trust in the clients mind.

Visual identification is particularly important for businesses who visit clients outside of an office. Clients can feel more secure knowing who they are allowing onto their property and even into their homes.


Having a company logo on every employee uniform is not only great advertising for your business but it also makes a visual impression with every person they encounter in their daily travels.

A well designed, professional logo will visually draw attention to the business and those multiple exposures will positively impact sales.


An employee in a company branded garment reflects the professionalism and committment of that organization to both its customers and employees.

In a world where first impressions matter, the visual image of an embroidered logo tells customers they are interacting with an organization where teamwork, accountability and customer service matter.

Team Spirit

Speaking of teamwork, uniforms and team gear embroidered with the company logo help build a sense of community and ownership within groups. The shared identity by individuals within the group is a display of unity.

Uniforms create a sense of belonging and comradery that has been shown to facilitate positive morale and increase productivity among the team members and staff wearing them.

Why Embroidery? Part 2

A custom design embroidered onto baggage, workwear or uniforms is a way to establish a look that is customized to your likeness.

You, the customer, have full control over the design from concept to development of an image that becomes uniquely yours.

A custom embroidered design can be consistently applied to each and every item you choose, with both versatility and precision.

Custom embroidered designs, once produced, give garments a high-quality look and feel with increased perception of value.

A custom design produced with high quality materials is durable. The design itself doesn’t wear out and frequently maintains the color and vibrancy long after the garment bearing it does.

So……. as you can see, embroidery has stood the test of time in both the function and fashion arenas and has come out strong in the 21st century.

For a long-lasting, professional image, that sends a positive message every time it’s seen, embroidery is the heavy hitter in branding your family, group, team or crew!

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What Makes it Your Favorite Tee?

Another frequently asked question at The Tee Spot is “what is the difference is between a regular cotton and ring-spun cotton tee-shirt?”

The long answer is the process for creating the fibers used and the process for making the two fabrics is completely different.

The short answer is, ring-spun cotton is a stronger fiber and feels softer.

The biggest difference is how much you enjoy the feel of the tee-shirt against your skin when you wear it.

In a nutshell, cotton is made from the soft vegetable fibers from the inside of the cotton pod, that are then twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make the fabric.

Most of the industry standard tee-shirts are sewn from Carded Open End (COE) cotton because making this standard cotton is less labor intensive.

The bottom line cost for standard COE cotton is cheaper, making it a bigger seller for bulk orders.

Ring-spun yarn, on the other hand, is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton fibers.

The ring-spun process produces a fabric with a more high-end feel to the touch that is also stronger.

Another big plus for tee-shirt shoppers is the lack of shrinkage in a ring spun tee-shirt.

Since you wont see as much shrinkage in a garment made with ring spun cotton, sizing is less of a guessing game.

Trying to estimate the fit of a garment after it is washed, dried and shrinks is a frustrating game!

Ring-spun cotton t-shirts, as a result of that extra step, will be a bit more expensive but are also more durable than their standard cotton counterparts.

So which is better, ring spun or regular cotton?

It’s hard to say definitively, because like most choices, the answer depends on what YOUR goal is and at The Tee Spot we respect that!

For a softer, more durable t-shirt, go with the ring-spun.

For a cheaper price point, go with the regular cotton weave.

The bottom line becomes preference and the end use of the product; most of our customers express that the price difference isn’t significant enough to make the comfort and accuracy in size of the ring-spun garment a deal breaker.

What about the print process?

Which works best depends on the process being used.

Direct to Garment (DTG) is the process that most closely parallels an ink-jet printer , meaning the ink is sprayed INTO the fabric.

The screen print process lays the color ONTO the fabric, so the fabric isn’t as crucial to the end result.

At The Tee Spot we use DTG on single order shirts which are requests with under 6 items being printed.

Because Direct To Garment inks are water-based and unlike screen-printing, where the image lays on top of the fabric, DTG requires a 100% cotton fabric to grab the ink.

Long story short, the smoother the fabric, the nicer the DTG print.

In our experience, the prints on ring spun cotton generally look better than prints on standard or “carded” cotton t-shirt because the fabric is smoother.

The smoother the surface the cleaner the image…..

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The Tee Spot is Your Procrastination Station!

Hey! Hey!

We hear it EVERYDAY…..

I need a BIG impact GIFT and I need it QUICK!?!

The Tee Spot SAVES the Day with No Minimum, Same Day Tee-shirts!

1-Hour Rush and 1-Day Rush Printed Tee-shirts are Available to YOU.

It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3…….

Pick a shirt, choose a design and tell us how FAST you need it!

Use YOUR images or we can HELP design new ones from your photos, our stock art and, YES, even from your doodles on a cocktail napkin.

The Products at The Tee Spot are IN-STOCK, COLORFUL & ECONOMICAL.

The Printing process is FAST, FUNCTIONAL & COST EFFECTIVE.

The Staff at The Tee Spot is FRIENDLY, FAST & EFFICIENT.

Last Minute but Personal Gifts

  • Highlight YOUR Memories
  • Use YOUR imagination
  • OUR Expert Help is Always Available

The Tee Spot Personalized Gifts are a GREAT way to show you remember & care.

Have a little more time? Great!

Birthdays – Bags & Cups for their Special Day

Anniversaries –YOUR photos on shirts, hats, bags and masks.

Graduation & Ceremonial Swag!

We have even printed quilt pieces from treasured photos!

Any Celebration is an opportunity to showcase your imagination and SHINE!

  • Loved One Memorial Pieces
  • Special Gathering Garments & Masks
  • The possibilities are ENDLESS

Choose and Personalize HOW??

  • Online with LIVE Chat
  • Over the phone with a Human! 865-539-8220
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