Screen Printing is a technique of applying various inks through a screen onto a garment. The best garments for screen printing are t-shirts, fleece sweatshirts and any cotton apparel products. There are manual screen print presses and automatic presses. With manual presses you can add more artistic flare and create unique prints. With automatic presses you can get larger runs done in a quicker amount of time. We have access to four automatic presses ranging from 6 color to 10 color presses, 2 manual presses, and to dry all of that work we use conveyor belt drying systems.
You get the most “bang for your buck" when you are doing large runs and using minimal colors. The price for screen printing factors in the number of items that will need screen printing, the number of colors per print, and the number of locations that will be printed per shirt. Sizes of the designs do not factor into the cost. Remember there are setup fees and screen fees associated with the project, but they are one time charges.
To be more cost effective, try incorporating the color of the shirt into your design. Also note that printing on dark colors requires an under base (usually white) so that the design will print boldly on the shirt. With certain specialty inks an under base may not be needed (metallic, puff).
Embroidery is a great embellishment for creating bold and beautiful finished touches to garments. Embroidery compliments higher end garments such as jackets, polo shirts, woven shirts, and hats. Unlike screen printing, the cost of embroidery is not priced by the number of colors. Here the size of the embroidery matters. With embroidery you can have much smaller runs and use as many colors as you would like for the price to still be cost effective.
For professional finishes (company logos, association identification) the most popular positions for embroidery are the left chest and either of the sleeves. Full chest and back embroideries are best for jackets and sweatshirts; after many washes the material will not shrink and wrinkle around the embroidery unlike lighter garments such as t-shirts and polo shirts.
Heat transfers are another method by which garments are embellished. A heat transfer is made by screen printing an image onto special transfer film. A heat press is then used to apply the design to the garment in the desired location. Most popular use of the heat press is for athletic uniforms such as individual player jerseys and names on the back of jerseys. This does not mean it is the cheapest form of embellishment however. Once again here pricing is based very much as it is with screen printing. Unlike screen printing, there are no setup fees, but larger quantities are always more cost effective.
One benefit is if you know you will need small quantities of apparel throughout the year then we can create transfers for you and apply them as needed on whatever apparel you would like. This is especially great for larger corporations with company stores, businesses that require employees to wear uniform, and resort market retail stores that place multiple orders throughout the year. Images are bold and detailed, and with the improvement in technology give great results.
Image is everything at the end of the day and it all depends how you want to portray yourself or your organization. Work with one of our friendly experts to give you advice on which kind of media you want to use on garments for your particular purpose. We can give you suggestions on quantities, cost effective methods, and make sure you are comfortable with the route you decide to go to create your unique product.