While both use special machines, the look and effect are totally different. Embroidery is created using a type of sewing machine. There are needles and thread involved. Color options are many and can change with each design and garment. There typically isn’t a charge for additional colors.Embroidered designs have a sort of 3D look about them, due to the thread position on the garment. It is the best choice for hats and business branded clothing. With the right care, embroidered items last for a long time.Embroidery is typically sold by the stitch. Prices depends on the size of the logo. Some places have a flat fee of $1 per 1000 stitches while others include a set amount of stitches in with the price of the clothing.Heat press designs are typically one or two colors. The more colors a design has, the more 20160217_141604costly it becomes. Heat press designs come on a sheet and are transferred to garments via a giant, custom-made iron. Because of the transfer process, they have a flat look. Heat press designs are a good option for events or sports teams where prices need to be kept low and longevity of the design isn’t required.Today, Embroidery Ark is housed in a 15,000 square foot facility. Their showroom, production warehouse, and corporate offices are all under one roof. They now have two state-of-the-art automated presses and three top of the line computerized embroidery machines. They pride themselves in having built their company with an outstanding reputation of attention to detail, hard work, uncompromising integrity and exceptional customer service. Being a woman owned business, Cathileen is Certified through WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council).

Embroidery Ark continues to help clients of all types by creating and producing custom apparel and branded promotional products. We’re happy to work with anyone from individuals looking to make bachelor/bachelorette party shirts, to Fortune corporate clients and professional sports associations. We are officially collegiately licensed with several universities (i.e. The University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Davis, St. Mary’s University, San Jose State) and are proud to have served companies such as: Gymboree, Intel, INX International, Cox Media and Communications, Comcast, Pepsi, McDonalds, Clorox, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Crunch Fitness, PG&E, Chevron and many local high schools. We continue to develop our capabilities and improve on our ability to be your one stop solution. We can design, print, source, re-label, fold, poly bag and distribute your orders in-house, keeping the turn-around time to a minimum and providing the best quality possible.