Category Archives: Embroidery

Learning the Difference Between Cotton and Polyester

Custom Embroidery Services in AK

What kind of material should you use when ordering custom-embroidered or printed accessories or apparel from Last Frontier Embroidery?

This can be a tough choice, but we’ll make it easier with these tips for learning the difference between cotton and polyester:


  • Pros:
    • Known for being comfortable and breathable
    • Can be printed with most textile inks
    • You’ll get a crisp, opaque printed design
    • Easy to embroider; cotton fibers “bounce back” when stitched
  • Cons:
    • Can shrink when subjected to high temperatures, including in the wash


  • Pros:
    • Very durable
    • Printed colors typically come out vibrant and are slower to fade over time
    • Won’t shrink in the wash
    • Some types of polyester are sweat-wicking, which is great if you’re printing or embroidering the logo of an athletic team!
  • Cons:
    • Less breathable than cotton; may feel uncomfortable during the warmer months
    • Doesn’t work with some inks; check with the ink manufacturer or the company that will be printing your items.
    • More difficult to embroider

Now that you’ve learned the difference between cotton and polyester and can make an informed fabric choice, it’s time to order some custom-embroidered or printed garments or accessories from Last Frontier Embroidery. We can embroider or heat-transfer print your logo or design on sweatshirts, polo shirts, tote bags, hats, scrubs, T-shirts, even shoes—if you dream it, we can design it! Get a quote today to get started.

Heat Transfer Printing vs. Embroidery

If you’ve decided to create custom apparel or accessories for your business or organization, you’ve made a great choice! At Last Frontier Embroidery, we can help you get noticed, build brand recognition and enhance employee morale. You may be wondering about the different types of service we provide, specifically heat transfer printing vs. embroidery. Here’s… Continue Reading

The History of Embroidery

In our previous blogs, we have gone into great detail about the different ways in which embroidery can be used today for both individual and commercial purposes. But we often forget that the craft of embroidery didn’t just appear overnight—in fact, it has a storied history that really speaks to its utility and success throughout… Continue Reading