Commercial Embroidery Market 3
Three, additional limitations of the tackle twill technique are that it can be expensive, graphics are limited, and it's time-consuming/takes longer to produce.
Tackle Twill Limitations
- A limitation of the tackle twill technique is that it can be fairly expensive, especially when multiple colors are used.
- Tackle twill is an embroidery technique in which "custom-cut twill patches or appliques" are sewn onto fabric and results in very durable items.
- The reason that tackle twill can be expensive is that the stitch count of embroidered items determines the price and tackle twill involves custom sewing. Specifically, the tackle twill process involves "stitch[ing] around the edges, so it’s extremely tough to remove" and is thus very durable.
- The more detail involved in a twill patch, the more stitches required, and the more expensive it will be.
2. Graphics Are Limited
- Another limitation of the tackle twill technique is that it only allows for "limited graphics."
- This is a limitation because the amount of detail that can be added to an embroidered design via the tackle twill technique is reduced because the printing of such detail is done with thread and a needle, which are only capable of adding so much detail.
- Concrete Pond, a company that makes hockey jerseys, states that "[t]ackle-twill patches are often used when a logo is comprised of just letters or is of a basic design[,] as high levels of detail can not be achieved."
- A sub-limitation of this limitation is that with the tackle twill technique, matching colors can be challenging.
3. Time-Consuming/Slower Production
- A limitation of the tackle twill technique is that it's time-consuming. As a result, items made with the tackle twill technique take longer to produce compared to other methods.
- The tackle twill technique is time-consuming because the design has to be custom cut and "precisely line[d] up [to] the required stitch path for" the letters/design, plus the design process involves multiple layers.
We identified three, additional limitations of the tackle twill technique by reviewing product descriptions, articles, and explanations of production techniques from sports apparel manufacturers. The information in the sources we reviewed expressly noted limitations of the tackle twill technique and described the reasons for those limitations. Some of the industry sources we reviewed were Cisco Athletic, UE Sports, and Concrete Pond.