Adding Embroidery to your Work Uniform

It’s an option on almost all of the tops we have available on our website - let’s take an in-depth look at adding embroidery to your scrub top - when it’s a good idea, how it works, and what are the best options to choose.

Should you personalise your work uniform with embroidery?

Embroidery is a big decision to make - once you’ve made the step of having your items embroidered, you won’t be able to return or exchange them - but it is also a great way of unifying a team, or simply of identifying all the individuals in your department or practice. Some of the things we’ve embroidered for customers have been very interesting, but most of the embroidered scrub tops or embroidered lab coats we work on fall into one or more of the following categories.

Hi, My Name is...

Introducing yourself to your patients using the “Hello My name is” protocol is one of the most basic ways to make a patient feel comfortable and at ease, but it is always good to have your name visible on your scrub top or lab coat as a refresher. Name tags or lanyards are not always an option, so personalising your uniform with your name is a great measure, plus it ensures that nobody is going to be wearing or taking your uniform by accident.

Your Ward/Department/Role

Clarity of what your role is can really help patients and clients understand exactly what it is you can do for them - and it’s easy to see at a glance if you’re talking to the right person.

Your Organisation's Logo

Another simple option for personalising your uniform is adding your company logo. If you are ordering for a group or practice, maybe with different colour uniforms for different roles, the company logo really ties everything together and gives a more professional and unified aspect to the team.

A Sponsor Logo

Sometimes you can get lucky and have another organisation sponsor your uniform - a great way to say thank you is to arrange to have their logo appear on your uniform. You’re not limited to just embroidery on the chest either - get in touch with our embroidery team if you’d like to explore your options with sleeve, back, or even trousers.

Anything else you’d like

We’ve seen it all here from catchphrases to in-jokes, to a class getting a personalised lab coat for their teacher. We don’t mind what you’d like to have embroidered, so chat to our team here to see if what you want is possible.

When *not* to add embroidery

Sometimes, embroidery might not be the best option. We recommend if you are trying out new uniforms, to get them without embroidery first to ensure that the colour, size and fit are what you require. You can always send them back to us for embroidery when you know you have exactly what you want. 

Choosing what to add

Keep it simple

Do you really need to add every single letter? Happythreads embroidery machine can only work within a limited space - we recommend a maximum of 21 characters per line when adding text. If your logo has lots of shading or gradients, we may advise you to pick one or two colours to simplify things and make it all look quite clear.


The embroidery should contrast strongly with the colour of the fabric in order to stand out. You may wish to use a complementary shade (very light blue on navy, for example) or a contrasting shade (bright pink or yellow on black). The most important thing is any text should be legible to your patients or clients.

Text or Logo

If you would like to add both text and a logo to your uniform it is a little more expensive than just adding one or the other.

How to add Embroidery to your Happythreads order

We’re best optimised for the Google Chrome browser, so if you have the option, we advise you to place your order using Google Chrome. Embroidery needs to be added at the time of adding the item to your basket. Unfortunately, you can’t add embroidery to the item once it’s in your basket. Choose a side - “Left” or “Right” should be selected as if you are wearing the top. You can then choose Text, Logo, or Both

Text Type

Block - the most clear and legible
Script - a more flowing style - we do not recommend using all uppercase letters for this font.

Adding a logo

Stock Logo: We have some pre-made graphics to add some character to your embroidery. There is no set-up fee for these stock logos.
Your Own Logo If we’ve already embroidered your logo before, just enter the name of the logo in the correct box If it’s one we have not embroidered before, you’ll need to upload the logo image on the first top. Upload your image and give it a name. You only need to pay the set-up fee once per logo. If you are adding a new logo, please only add it to the first item or you may be overcharged. The second and subsequent tops you can just use the “I have already uploaded my logo” and enter the name you gave the logo you uploaded.

Costs of embroidery

Cost explained:

We charge a fee of €6 to add text or a logo to one side - if you’re adding both text and logo, the cost is €10.

What is the Set-up Fee and why do I have to pay it?

Getting a logo right can take time. At happythreads, we make the process as simple as possible. Your set up fee covers the following.

  • Advice on how to choose the best options for your needs.
  • Optimising and digitising your logo to prepare it for embroidery.
  • A fully sewn sample of your logo on your choice of fabric/colour.
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