Embroidery vs monogram

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Wondering what the difference is between embroidery vs monogram? If you’re looking to buy an embroidery machine and you’re wondering whether it’s the same as a monogramming machine, this blog post shares all you need to know about embroidery and monogramming.

Embroidery vs monogram: what’s the difference?

What is monogramming?

Monogramming is the design of one or more alphabet letters or symbols, creating a logo that is embroidered onto items such as clothing. Common monograms are logos for sporting clubs that are embroidered onto caps and t-shirts, or company logos that are embroidered onto pockets of shirts.

Usually, monograms are a combination of at least two letters, usually the first letter of the first name and the first letter of the last name.


Is monogramming and embroidery the same?

Monograms are the actual logo/symbol that’s designed from two or more letters, whilst embroidery is the actual finished monogram that has been stitched onto the product.

They’re usually both referred to as the same thing but strictly speaking, they’re not. Not all monograms are embroidered- a monogram is simply the design.

Can you monogram with an embroidery machine?

Yes, you can monogram with an embroidery machine, so long as the embroidery machine has monogramming capabilities which most do.


Can you monogram with a regular sewing machine?

A regular sewing machine can be used for monogramming as long as an embroidery hoop can be used, and you’ll also need a monogramming foot installed on your sewing machine.

Why is it called a monogram?

The word “monogram” comes from the Greek word “mono” which means one or alone, and “gramma” which means letter or line.

Monograms date back to Roman and Greek times.


Why do people monogram?

Businesses and sporting clubs tend to monogram, as a way to easily identify their company and to sell merchandise to staff and supporters. Sports fans love wearing their favorite team’s monogrammed cap, especially baseball and basketball clubs!

You might also see monograms on luxury hotel towels and bathrobes which indicates wealth and luxury.

Traditionally, monograms were used to identify ownership of an item.

Can you monogram caps and hats using a regular sewing machine?

You can monogram soft caps and hats using a regular sewing machine however for hard caps and hats, you would need a commercial embroidery machine. Regular sewing machines just aren’t cut out for that type of project.



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