What a wonderful time to be alive. All it takes is a Google search to find a plethora of lab coats, scrubs, and stethoscopes in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors. Well, technically a lab coat is meant to be white to represent cleanliness and purity, but there’s nothing stopping you from making your next lab coat purchase stand out with some custom embroidery in any color of your choice!
Medelita’s lab coats and scrubs (and now scrub jackets!) can be purchased with custom name and title embroidery, which their team of embroidery artists will complete in-house for a small fee of $12. They have 18 options of embroidery thread in every color family, from blossom and bougainvillea, to teal and slate blue, to willow and seafoam.
Scrubs and scrub jackets can be embroidered too, but your color choices will be more limited to make sure the embroidery will stand out. Slate blue is one of the most popular colors for lab coat embroidery, but it would be next to impossible to see slate blue embroidery on baltic scrubs or a navy scrub jacket.
Now that Medelita has launched their new line of stethoscopes, we love the idea of getting your lab coat embroidery in a matching color as the tubing of your new stethoscope, or perhaps in complementary colors. The ERKA stethoscopes available on their website come in three different models, all comparable to Littmann models, that each available in up to 13 different tubing colors. The ERKA stethoscopes also have a solid warranty, and even come with their own stethoscope carrying case so that you don’t have to purchase that accessory separately.
What color embroidery would you choose for your lab coat? Would you ever match your stethoscope to your embroidery colors? Let us know in the comments below!
Custom embroidery is an easy way to make your lab coat truly stand out. Add your name, title, and credentials so that your patients and colleagues can more easily identify you, and if you work at a private practice or large hospital you can even have your logo digitized and embroidered onto your lab coat.
Here are some of my favorite custom embroidered logos from different large institutions around the country. Check out more embroidered logos here.
San Joaquin General Hospital is an acute care facility that now houses a 196-bed hospital, a medical campus dedicated to primary and specialty outpatient services, as well as two ambulatory care sites that provide over 134,000 outpatient clinic visits a year.
Harbor UCLA Medical Center is one of only five level one trauma centers in Los Angeles County. Harbor UCLA Medical Center’s services include primary care, emergency medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and even a Child Abuse Crisis Center.
Scripps Health is a private, nonprofit, integrated health system dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the people of San Diego.
As a nonprofit integrated delivery system, MemorialCare Health System consists of over 200 medical facilities, including five top hospitals, numerous medical groups, outpatient health centers, as well as imaging and surgery centers in Southern California.
It’s a waste of time and money to buy a lab coat or set of scrubs at one place, and then have to search around for a nice shop that will embroider them for you. Want your logo to be embroidered as well? That’s going to take even longer, and most embroidery facilities may not be able to reproduce your logo as well as you would like.
If you’re looking for new lab coats or scrubs and you know you’re going to want embroidery, you should buy your garments from a place that does their own embroidery in house as well. Medelita is a brand that does their ordering, fulfillment, and embroidery all under the same roof. This is not only a time and money saver for you, it also means that your lab coat will be embroidered with the same quality of the clothes that are being embroidered.
Medelita offers both name and title embroidery, as well as custom logo embroidery. If you do choose to get your logo embroidered, it will take a little longer because the brand’s embroidery artists will send you a sample of your embroidered logo for you to approve, and they’ll work with you to make adjustments until you are satisfied with it.
Check out their featured weekly logos to see some examples of fine embroidered logos.
As for regular name and title embroidery, you can choose from almost 20 different colors and 3 different font styles. The majority of Medelita’s orders are actually requested with embroidery, so they really know what they’re doing when it comes to personalized embroidery for your lab coat and scrubs.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the easiest way to truly individualize your white lab coat is with personal embroidery. And no one does a better embroidery job than Medelita, because they actually have an entire team of embroiderers who work in-house to make sure that everything is impeccable and professional-looking.
That being said, lab coats with custom embroidery cannot be returned, for instance if the coat does not fit as you expected, because once it has been embroidered there is no way to remove it.
So if you’re feeling a little hesitant about adding name and title embroidery to your lab coat, here are some quick tips to ensure you get it right!
- Check the character count. If a line of text is too long, it may be partially covered by the lapel of the coat. And each lab coat has a different lapel, so make sure to check that you aren’t exceeding the character count. This most often happens when a title is extra long, or if you hold many degrees that come after your name (ie: MD, FAAP, MBA, DO). An easy way to limit this is to eliminate any punctuation that isn’t absolutely necessary.
- Don’t be afraid of using color, but make sure you choose a versatile and appropriate color. If you’re feeling wary or indecisive, it’s easy to just go with black thread as the default choice. This still looks good, but I have to say that choosing embroidery with an actual color will make it feel even more unique to yourself and your personal style. There are a number of muted and versatile colors that are appropriate in just about every setting – some of the most popular ones are slate blue for men, and plum for women. They are both beautiful, rich color tones, but aren’t quite as bold as, say, scarlet or royal blue, which are also beautiful but a bit more bold.
- Anything goes for font style! Most lab coat embroidery offers three font options: script, serif block, and rounded block. All of these are easy to read and convey professionalism, so it’s really up to you to decide which style you like best.
Having your name and title embroidered on your lab coat is as close as you can get to wearing your diploma, and you should wear it with pride! Have fun with your embroidery, and don’t overthink it.
- Custom embroidery
Whether intended as a gift for someone else, or an investment for your own professional appearance, it makes sense to invest a little in your new white lab coat in order to ensure that you don’t blend into the background in a sea of white coats. Personalized embroidery can be as simple as your name and title, or as distinctive as a custom digitized and embroidered logo that truly makes you stand out.
- Lab coat styling
The style of your lab coat also is a way to declare your personal style. In the past, there haven’t been many options of lab coat styles – they were pretty standard, unisex, shapeless white coats. Today, there are many more options of lab coats so that you can choose a style that speaks to you, or that is flattering to your body type. The possibilities are endless!
This will depend on your specialty and the rules of where you work, but accessorizing is a great way to jazz up an otherwise boring medical ensemble. Express yourself with a classic or kooky watch, experiment with funky cufflinks, and try out different types of earrings to see what best frames your face. You can also add some individuality with hair accessories, such as headbands and barrettes.
You tell us: what’s your favorite way to individualize your lab coat style?
For your logo to become a work of embroidered art, it must first be digitized. This is the process of converting a regular computer image into a file format that can be read by the embroidery machine – one of the most popular brands known for producing top-notch embroidery equipment is Tajima, a company located in Japan.
The Tajima Group developed their first multi-head embroidery machine in 1964, and since then they have become an industry leader for producing quality, artisan-level embroidery machines. According to the Tajima website, their company mission is “to to use [their] inventiveness to attain [their] unattained goals and to keep providing world-class products along with world class service.”
Tajima embroidery machines are relatively portable and lightweight. In particular, their single head models have become Tajima’s legacy because they are capable of producing the most beautiful embroidery designs. The smaller size makes it ideal for smaller companies looking to expand their embroidery business at a scalable level.
What’s the only thing better than wearing a beautifully tailored, high-quality designer lab coat? Wearing a beautifully tailored, high-quality designer lab coat that has been personalized with your name and title.
For only $12 extra, you can have your credentials listed on your lab coat in whichever color or font you like. This personal touch goes a long way in elevating your appearance – here are the top benefits to having your lab coat custom embroidered:
- Name and title embroidery will help your patients differentiate your role from other staff members, and provide a clear way to address you.
- Embroidery can come in all colors and multiple fonts. This way, you can make your embroidery even more individualized by picking styles and colors that suit you best.
- You worked for years to get your M.D. – name and title embroidery on your lab coat is the closest thing to wearing your diploma in real life. You worked hard, so show off a little!
- Having your name and title embroidered on your lab coat is a finishing touch that goes the extra mile in making your lab coat look even more professional than it already does.
Though many medical professionals shy away from pink-toned embroidery, a subtle shade of blossom or berry pink can make a beautiful statement on a lab coat.
Light pink toned embroidery threads look best in a script style font, as you can see above. However, if you opt for a darker shade of pink like bougainvillea, custom embroidery takes a professional look in a serif font as well.
And who said that pink is only for women?! This color can be a very bold statement for a man, especially the darker tones of pink that resemble a shade of deep pink-red wine.
The best accessory to wear with your medical uniform is custom embroidery, which you can get sewn onto your lab coat or scrubs. This proud display of your name, title, and logo is a great way to distinguish yourself to your patients and colleagues.
Choose an embroidery font that is going to stand out from your garment and be easy to read for your patients: for example, if you are a pediatrician you might want to avoid a script font that older children will not be able to make out.
However, the font of your embroidered name and title is a matter of personal preference. While block fonts are crisp and professional, the script fonts are also very flattering and give a specialized look to your work wardrobe.
A physician’s lab coat serve various purposes, from comfort and protection to lending an appearance of professional polish and poise. One of the most important functions of the modern lab coat is to help patients differentiate between staff members by specialty, role, and experience level.
Custom name & title embroidery is the best way to make your lab coat more than just a protective garment because it clearly establishes your role to your patients and colleagues. Embroidering your name and credentials on your lab coat is the closest thing to wearing your diploma, which you worked so hard to achieve – why not announce it with pride?
Here are 4 important rules of embroidery etiquette to consider when deciding on your personal name & title embroidery:
- What your embroidery should include
Anytime you get a custom embroidered professional garment, you will want to include several elements. The first line of embroidery should always have your name and degree, separated by a comma. The second line should include your department and/or specialty.
- Character count
Those spaces, periods and commas all count in the overall character count of your embroidery – the longer your character count, the more likely your embroidery will be partially hidden by your lab coat lapel. If you are unsure about what punctuation to include (M.D. vs MD, R.N. vs RN, etc), it’s most important to give consideration to the character count.
- Color and font
You want your embroidery to be clearly visible and easy to read even from a few feet away. Pick a thread color that suits your personal style, but that will still stand out against the bright white of your lab coat. If you are concerned about the embroidery being clearly legible, avoid script fonts and stick to a classic block or rounded serif font instead.
- Custom logo
Make your lab coat stand out even more with a custom embroidered logo for your hospital, institution, or private practice. A custom logo is the most impressive way to truly distinguish your lab coat. This finishing touch adds an extra element of prestige and professionalism.