San Diego Custom T-Shirts

Is San Diego your favorite place on earth? 

We think so. We feel so grateful to live, work and play in San Diego. Schools, teams, clubs, and special events have looked to Merlin Embroidery for their Company shirts, Uniforms, Polos, Hats, Jackets, and much more since 1992.

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Imagine seeing your team working together, communicating, and cooperating, a more cohesive unit simply because of some unique branding envisioned by you and produced by Merlin Embroidery. Whether custom embroidery or print t-shirts, wearables, and non-wearables. We look forward to showing you what is possible with your logo or concept. 

Since 1992, that is what Merlin Embroidery has done, one happy customer at a time. We’ll ask you the right questions about your vision, your project, then get to work quickly and efficiently to help you turn your dream into wearable, branded garments that are classy and comfortable. 

Whatever the occasion — conventions, team building events, a big new contract, fun runs, sports, and spirit walks — you can trust our quality and service to make getting custom embroidery and t-shirt printing fun and hassle-free!

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While Promoting your brand, company, event, school, or club, we want your crew to look and feel their best in their new apparel.

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The San Diego Embroidery Shop

About Us Merlin Embroidery is a San Diego-based, Veteran-owned, small business serving San Diego county customers and customers spread out throughout the Western United States for over 29 years. Based in La Mesa (eastern San Diego close to San Diego State University), just blocks from Freeway 8, La Mesa Costco, and Kaiser, we provide Custom computerized Embroidery and screen printing. Typically, artwork that needs to be customized, we can help you with that as well. Watch our video here, and see our automated production facility. We are the best local print shops for shirts in San diego. Our main target is to being a sweet spot for small businesses.
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You'll Love The Excellent Communication From Start To Finish.

It’s our goal that you love your experience of working with Merlin Embroidery and that you would share your positive experience with family, friends, and others that you care about that need our help. We have all types machines such as silk screen printers, DTG printing machine, computerized embroidery machines, etc… These machines make sure your satisification.

Custom Embroidery San Diego Reviews

Wow! I am so fortunate to have found Merlin Embroidery. I needed a last minute project, and WOW....did they deliver!!! Fast turn around, friendly and professional and very knowledgeable in what they do.
Lauren Z.
Glad to say, of the few times I've been coming here for their embroidery work because of google maps Im glad this location came up, they really give a Spot on 5 star experience everytime. Kevin and Jeremy very easy going folks and hard working.
Damon S.
These guys are 100% AWESOME‼️ Thank you Jeremy and Kevin so much. I came in this morning unannounced and they had my embroidered bag ready to go a few hours later‼️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Brain D.
I have been working with Merlin Embroidery for many years now and if you want amazing work, fast turn around, and great prices work with them and you will never need another embroider.
Mario V.
First time using an embroidery service and had a great experience at Merlin embroidery. Did not need a lot done and they quickly did it on the spot. Awesome customer service definitely made you feel welcomed.
Gerardo R.
Kevin is really great. The service is super fast, very responsive and the finished product looks amazing. I highly recommend them!
Kristen F.
Our company supplies corporate apparel nationally and needed a local source to help with a special project. Kevin was available, knowledgeable, responsive and complete in his reply. I highly recommend the services of Merlin Embroidery.
Tom F.
Kevin, Jeremy & staff are incredible and super helpful. I had a last minute order and they took care of it no problem. And the hats came out great!
Ted D.
What a great place to get your stuff embroidered! The owner is just so communicative and friendly --- you'll never miss a beat when it comes to getting your embroidery customized. Plus, the after-hours locker is very convenient for those who are busy during the day. Great place!
Thomas T.

Same Day Custom T-Shirt Printing San Diego Fast Service, Best Quality

We provide high-quality screen printing services on practically anything you can imagine. Company shirts and shop shirts are our specialties with durable designs that will last and last. 

With the use of automated top-of-the-line M&R screen printing presses, you’ll be amazed at how your brand or company logo gets converted onto t-shirts. With automation comes consistency, so it does not matter if it’s the first shirt of 10,000; they all will look the same. Predictable outcomes, excellent communication, and meeting deadlines make for a great experience.

We have over 60 embroidery heads and typically run 500-1000 garments per day

Our SWF brand machines are the Lexus of embroidery machines in the industry. Reliable and smooth, you can count on us to make your brand more visible, cohesive, and clear.

Say goodbye to the painfully long wait times for custom embroidery services.

Customers can supply garments or choose from over 3600 different wearable styles from the website clothing catalog. Most garments you order from our website arrive the next business day.

Customer centric rush service

Anytime you need rush service, for an extra fee, same day, next day, or rush service (3 days or less) is available. Be sure to mention if your job is a rush so we can schedule you correctly.

Dropshipping available.

Communications can be done over the phone and by email if you are working from home. We can then drop ship to you or your company anywhere in the world.

Automated top-of-the-line M&R screen printing presses

You’ll be amazed at how your brand or company logo gets converted onto t-shirts. With automation comes consistency, so it does not matter if it’s the first shirt of 10,000; they all will look the same.

Bring Your Own Design

Attach any logos or graphics you already have and send them over in the email to us. If you need help with the artwork, it’s easy; we can help.

We Intend To Make You Look And Feel Great Wearing Your New Custom Branded Apparel.

With over 29 years of experience, New high-speed machinery, computerized graphics, the results are mind-blowing. We know what questions to ask and get the best results. Our high new high computerized high-speed machines produce near-perfect quality with super high efficiency. The new machines keep quality high and costs low. We love embroidery and t-shirt printing and cannot wait to demonstrate that to you.

We look forward to talking with you.


Our Screen-Printing Unique Technique


Screen printing is nearly 2,000 years old and is the most common method of printing t-shirts. The Chinese began over 2,000 years ago using silkscreening to stencil the emperor’s belongings.

Today we use the same method to print t-shirts and other related garments are printed in the same way. This process of printmaking forces ink thru a fine mesh or “silk” screen onto the printing surface. Once, printed, the ink is then cured with heat. When done properly, this method creates the most durable and highest quality print available on textile surfaces.

Most logos come to us as raster images that need to be converted to vector files. We have one of the most experienced color separators on the west coast with over 25 years of experience.

When we look at the color range of logos and the type and color of shirt that we are printing, then we decide if we are going to use spot colors, index colors, four color process, simulated process, special puff or nylo-bond additives, reducers to create changes in opacity and durability for that distressed look.

We have an ink matching system to match the thread color to print color to Pantone colors, all universally. That is no small thing; color matching is both art and science. We’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars into the best Inks and Embroidery threads so that the final product is near perfect and the durability and quality are unmatched.

Our Process On Custom Embroidery And T-Shirts Printing (What To Expect)


To begin with, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve you.

First, decide what mode of communication works best for you. Come into the shop, call over the phone, or email. Typically email and phone are the most efficient methods of communication.

Second, let’s talk. Describe your project and timeline. Please email your artwork to or text it over to 619.884.9712 so we can see the scope of the artwork and talk with you about converting your artwork into an embroidery design or a t-shirt printing design.

Third, We’ll break out and describe all the costs that go into your project for custom embroidery or t-shirt printing; we offer non-wearable promotional items that we may be able to use the same designs on.

Fourth, once we summarize the costs, we’ll ask for a deposit of 50% upfront with the balance of payment due upon completion of the order. (We take Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express as well as Personal and Business checks.

We’ll prepare the artwork for your approval and get your garments ordered up. For custom embroidery and t-shirt printing, we’ll complete your order within 7 – 10 business days. When your order is shipped, you will receive an email with tracking information and anticipated shipping delivery date.

Regarding your logo, 

If your logo is already prepared in a vector format, we ask that you send both raster files (Jpeg, Tiff, PNG, or BMP file types) as well as the vector files (just in case of any missing text or colors, or design path errors in the vector file – a surprisingly common error).

If you have a rough sketch or elements you want to include in your design, put them together in an email and send them over, we’ll talk about the details of your design. It’s the details that make for a great experience and final product. It’s our goal that you be so overjoyed with the final product, whether custom embroidery or printed t-shirts, that you just naturally and gladly tell your family and friends, as well as other business associates whom you think need our help. That’s how we grow the business by word of mouth and referral. We love what we do and cannot wait to demonstrate that to you.

Lastly, we love a positive review, whether on Yelp or Google. Supposing you love your experience and the final product we produce for you, whether wearable or non-wearable promotional items that showcase your brand, group, or team, I would ask you a personal favor if you would write a review. Positive reviews do a world of good for a business whose primary goal is to help other nice people just as cool as you.

We have a low minimum order for 48 printed t-shirts. It does not matter if you need 48 or tens of thousands of shirts, fleece, hoodies, and more, the process is still the same. So that means we print for businesses, schools, and local schools and universities teams and clubs. We print shirts for all of our USA military branches, Police and Fire. We support our beloved Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. We took great pride in serving others and remained open to serve the essential workers during the past two years. Any way we can help, let us know. We will also ship directly to you as needed, or you can swing by and pick up in the after-hours locker, or come in person, shake hands and meet the crew.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Embroidery Design Website?

We have grown to love, with its bright colors, the introduction video, and quick access to both embroidery samples, screen printing examples and a 3600 piece clothing catalog that has an amazing range of garment types. If you email your logo to and simply say what size logo you want and what type of garment it’s going on, the embroidery logo is ready for preview the next day. They have over 52,000 logos on file from 30 years of work to know what they are doing and what looks good. Don’t forget to put a call-back number on the email so they can call for questions. Often, they will set up a hat logo and a polo logo for the price of one logo, a two-for-one deal.

How Much Does It Cost For An Embroidery Logo?

The logo setup fee for left chest or ball cap is usually $40. You can supply your own hats or polo shirts or jackets, or you can order from merlin embroidery’s online clothing catalog. Embroidery for the left chest or hat logos are $12-15 each. We also specialize in full back embroidery for jackets and letterman jackets up to 15 inches tall and 15 inches wide; those are more custom and are quoted per design. You can email your design to to determine the exact pricing and tell us your specific needs. Email your logo today; you could have a completed embroidery project done the same week, depending on what you need.

How Much Does An Embroidery Machine Cost?

We use the latest high-speed computerized embroidery machines from SWF. They are the Lexus of embroidery machines, precise, high speed, and very dependable. They cost about the same as a car as well, $42,000 – $120,000 each. We own ten of them, and we see the machine repairman once per year for a tune-up.

What Is The Best Custom T-Shirt Design Website?

We have grown to love, with its bright colors, the introduction video, and quick access to both embroidery samples, screen printing examples and a 3600 piece clothing catalog that has an amazing range of garment types.

How Much Does It Cost For A Tshirt Print?

An average price for a 1 color print with a 1 color back print is $8.95 each on a 100% cotton t-shirt with a minimum order of 48 shirts. We can deliver your order as much as we can. We are one of the fast t shirt printing company in San Diego.

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Custom Shirt?

There are initial setup fees with t-shirt printing, typically $40 per color. The costs that go into custom shirt printing include the initial setup fees, the cost of the shirt and the cost to print each shirt. I just got off the phone with a client who wants to order 48 t shirts, he has a small left chest print and a full back print. He wants white print on navy blue t shirts with no pocket. the setup fee is $40. the t shirt cost is $4.95 each. the print cost is $5.00 to print front and back of the shirts. so the cost is $9.95/shirt with a $40 initial setup fee for the entire order.

How Much Does A T-Shirt Printing Machine Cost?

We use direct silkscreen machines; the print is more durable than a digital garment print machine. Direct silkscreen machines are the most common type of printing machine. Some are manual machines; others are automated and have more consistent prints. We love the automation and consistency of print. Our Machines can print 6-12 color designs (we have one that can print 16 colors); the Brand is M&R and is the best printer in the industry. We love this machine because we print nearly 100,000 shirts/year on each machine and consistent quality and durability are most important. This machine costs from $65,000 – $120,000 and typically lasts like a car, about ten years. After ten years, we usually trade the machines in for a newer, faster model. According to our surveys, most start-up businesses purchase a digital t-shirt printing machine on a budget of between $10,000 and $30,000. That range is particularly attractive for financing companies because it can bring payments between about $250 and $600/ month, depending. The only problem is that the digital garments printers produce a less crisp and durable print.

What Makes A Good Custom T-Shirt Design?

Good custom t-shirt design is based on three things – how big the design is, what sort of colors are used, and also the printing method employed. Screen printing allows for the highest level of color definition.

What Are People Saying About Screen Printing/T-Shirt Printing Services In Merlin Embroidery San Diego, Ca?

Simply put, very good prices and professionals. They did the custom printing for my team jerseys and our shooting shirts. The turn around time was incredibly fast. I will take all of my custom printing to these people.

What Is The Minimum Order For Merlin Embroidery, San Diego?

Minimum order for printed t shirts the minimum order is 48, however when doing custom embroidery, your minimum order is 1 garment. Our specialty is small businesses, organizations, clubs, teams and schools.

Experience has shown that 48 shirt minimum is the sweet spot for great pricing and turnaround time. Note there is no maximum order, we do orders in the tens of thousands for some running and racing events as well as community and city events. We understand you have questions, call today to get your questions answered quickly and pleasantly. We love what we do and cannot wait to demonstrate that.

Pick up the phone and call Kevin with your questions at 619.884.9712.

How Long Will It Take For Me To Get My Order?

The normal turnaround time is 3-10 working days, if orders are needed sooner, simply let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate your deadline. Rush service is available at an increased rate so ask about your due dates when you call.

How Do I Get A Catalog?

Easy, online catalog is at click on clothing catalog,
there are over 3600 styles to choose from.