Tackle Twill

Tackle twill, or applique, involves the  sewing down of material, usually a nylon twill, to clothing. Originally, the twill was laid down and sewn with a sewing machine one letter at a time and was necessarily simple to do. Letters and basic shapes were generally involved. It was time consuming, not always uniform and limited in scope to lettering and perhaps a symbol of some sort. But at least it was inexpensive.


tackle twill
Volleyball twill w/ embroidery
embroidery, tackle twill
Two Color Split Front
Lots of clothing was done this way. Baseball uniforms and school names could be done easily and even split front uniforms were a simple task.

Today, using embroidery machines, complex combinations of embroidery and twill can be used to create intricate, 3-dimensional designs that are large, inexpensive and absolutely gorgeous. It takes time to digitize them.
At Team Mates, we use our embroidery machines to do this sewing for several reasons. First, we can provide a uniformity of quality not always found in the hand-sewn variety of tackle twill. Second, we have the flexibility of using many different types of stitching on the twill or other material to give many different looks to the same designs. Third, we can do the work faster on multi-head machines, thus keeping delivery times shorter.

Quality, standard appearance and complexity of designs add to our versatility and our expert operators consider that appearance is far more important. Everything sewn should be in register and clear. It shouldn't unravel and we do our very best to insure that the design will outlast the clothing.
tackle twill, embroidery
Panther head with embroidery and applique
tackle twill, embroidery
Twenty pieces of twill and about 55,000 stitches Phew!
Apart from that, we're always proud of the work we do and the products we ship to you, whether it's one single piece or a whole inventory of items. Each piece is inspected twice, once as it's sewn and a second time as it is finished in the trimming department. Quality assurance is our primary concern, since we know that it's what you want.

Need some ideas?
Check out the designs on our Tackle Twill Samples page. Or, if you know that you need some help, feel free to Contact us any time.