Because we do everything custom made to order at OMLpatches.com, custom lettering is a big question. Her are a few guidelines that can help you get the right amount of lettering on your patch. Too many words, and the lettering will be smaller and harder to read. Less is usually better, and the embroidery and the embroidered patch will end up been much better!
Although embroidery is completely different from vector graphics, in so many ways, the main way is that we can't embroider small lettering very well and make them clear and readable. For example, if you want a 4"nametape, its probably not a good idea to want to embroider "OMLpatches.com makes the best patches". Thats quite a bit of lettering for a small patch! The better fit would be "OMLpatches.com".
Here are some basic examples, and a lettering video at the end of the page.
I see that you have a guideline below for lettering on the different kinds of patches - are these numbers absolute?
No, they are just a guideline to make the lettering on the patches look better. If the guideline says 4-6 letters, you can still do 3 letters or even 7 letters and it will still look good.
HOW MANY LETTERS WILL FIT PROPERLY ON A TAB?
Five letters fit nicely on a tab. If you choose more or request a second line then be aware that the letters will be squished and small. Sometimes they are not very legible.
HOW MANY LETTERS WILL FIT PROPERLY ON A SCROLL?
For the left and right sides of the scroll, 3 letters will fit properly and look good. The center of the scroll can handle 5 letters properly and look good. Please note that ordering more letters than recommended can result in a poor look of your scroll.
HOW MANY LETTERS WILL FIT PROPERLY ON A NAMETAPE?
For 5ers we recoomend no more than 8-10 letters when ordering without a small design and 6-8 when ordering with a small design.
For 6ers we recommend no more than 10-12 letters when ordersing without a small design and 8-10 when ordering with a small design.
HOW MANY CHARACTERS FIT ON A CUSTOM AND LARGE CUSTOM TAB?
You can nicely fit 4 to 6 characters on a custom tab and 6 to 8 on a large custom tab. You can put a few more but remember that the more you put on them the smaller and illegible the text becomes.
HOW MANY CHARACTERS FIT ON A SCROLL?
The proper number of characters that fit on a scroll are 3 for the left and right sections and 5 for the middle section. This will allow your custom scroll to look perfect.