Screen printing is a traditional printing technique, first used in China during the 1st Century by the Song Dynasty. It was then adapted by other Asian countries like Japan. Silk is stretched over a traditionally wooden frame. A stencil is burned onto the silk fabric leaving gaps where the ink will pass though. This is then used to print designs onto the garment of your choice. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured images or design. We suggest a maximum number of 3 colours. Each additional colour will add to the overall cost of the garment sol because screen printing is generally used to keep costs at a minimum, by the time you add multiple colours, it becomes similar in price to vinyl printing and DTG.
With screen printing orders, we recommend a minimum order quantity of at least 25 pieces. This is because to make a screen or screens with your logo/design on can take up to 3 hours over 2 days. It's also much more economical way to print so for the price of direct to garment printed t-shirts you could get around 5 screen printed t-shirts. As well as being the most economical way of printing clothing, it is by far the longest lasting of all methods we use. We have provided garments to customers over the last 25 years and some have lasted this entire time. Whilst all of our printing is meant to last, silk screen printing is the most traditional and our personal favourite.For designs will small detail, gradients and half tones, it can be easily achieved with screen printing.
We have many different ink colours for use with screen printing and we can pantone match to any colour of your choice if you within your brand guidelines.
Thought to have been first used in 30,000 BC, this technique of embellishing fabric is even more traditional than screen printing. Although, not as much detail of gradients and colours can be achieved with embroidery, personalising garments in this way achieves so many other effects. Embroidering is the application of thread to create a design using a needle, or 12 in our case!
We bought our first embroidery machines in 1998 at an auction, not really knowing if this would help our business grow but sure, it did. It added a whole new line of business making School uniforms, workwear and helping us approach sports clubs to provide their football and rugby kits too. Many of our customers love embroidery because it looks like a lot of time has been spent on them (and it has). Each application of embroidery can take us up to an hour to complete and although thread is not expensive, time is. Whilst not being the most economical way to customise your clothing, it looks outstanding. Embroidery works best for curved text and more block, basic logos and designs. We have perfected the way we embroider and spend a lot of time setting up each design so it works well when the item is first completed but also each time your embroidered clothing is washed and dried. We can advise you with design tweaks and changes that can be made to make your logo look it's best when it's done.
Up to 12 colours of thread can be used on each item so you can really go crazy with your design ideas. Embroidering a colour of thread on the same colour of fabric gives your garment a very unique look. Typically used by clothing brands, we also use this method on a lot of our own work uniforms such as fleeces and hoodies as it looks understated but interesting too! We get a lot of comments on our workwear.
Puff embroidery is also very interesting as a process. A thick material is placed on top of the garment whilst being embroidered onto the garment, This leaves you with a raised look to your design or logo. This is generally used on caps, hats and bags but has other application too.
VINYL GARMENT PRINTING
Whilst some people fear that vinyl printing onto clothing does not last, when done properly textile vinyl can achieve ultimate clarity and effects that wouldn't be possible any other way. We use the best quality vinyl which comes in over 150 colours and is will far outlast the garment. Printing garments with vinyl is by far the best way to achieve clarity and crispness to a design. Not ideal for fiddly and intricate applications. We achieve vinyl printing by using a vector program to create outlines of each colour and then use this to tell our cutting machine where and how to cut the vinyl. Almost anything can be replicated with vinyl.
Effects like glitter textile vinyl can be used for a very eye-catching look to a garment. The pearl glitter comes in 22 colours andf we use it for items such a hen night t-shirts, the one seen behind for Slimming World's 50th Anniversary and also daring clothing brands.
Another type of textile vinyl is brick which is available in matt or gloss and is a thick 300 micron material which is a completely different texture to the t-shirt and is best used with thick, block logos and designs.
Vinyl garment printing is primarily used for smaller orders under 25 pieces and it's perfect for printing one off t-shirts and clothing such as stag night tee shirts with individual names on (which are sometimes pretty rude!)
Textile vinyls can be applied onto many fabric types such as polyester, cotton, Lycra, Nylon and poly/cotton blends.
Sublimation is a process we use to print items such as mugs and insulated water bottles. This enables us to create bespoke and custom mugs with logos, photos and designs. We are able to put absolute clarity into these items using this print process.
We can also design a complete sports kit using this method. I think this is the best use of sublimation as we are able to print all parts of a garment such as a football top or rugby shirt as all of the colour is dyed into the fabric. This leaves the garment very lightweight and perfect for playing sports in. This is our recommended option for printing teamwear and performance clothing.
Stickers are also made using vinyl but this type of vinyl is for sticking onto flat surfaces such as cars, vans and glass. Sign writing has been used for car stickers, work vans and shop windows for decades now and is a cheap and effective way to get your name out there and your point across. Stickers can be made to use by car dealerships, for promotional uses by clothing brands as slaps and by retailers as a way to grab a buyers attention.
Stickers are available to purchase in any shape, size and style. They can be made using permanent sticker vinyl for sign writing or something known as static grip which can be moved from place to place and be placed inside a window or outside. Perfect for temporary displays such as sales and promotions.
Correx sign boards (also known as begging boards) are designed to grab the attention of drivers as they are normally displayed outside of current and previous jobs.
STICKERS & SIGNS
DTG is an acronym for direct to garment printing. This method is pretty self explanatory and it is a newcomer to the garment printing game but it definitely isn't an option to be ignored. Being able to easily recreate any design with millions of colours and large print areas, this option is great for clothing brands and band merchandise. The possibilities really are endless. There is no minimum order quantity but any orders under 10 pieces will be a higher price than vinyl t-shirt printing. Most designs recreated using direct to garment DTG printing wouldn't be possible any other way.
DTG is best used on 100% cotton items such as t-shirt, totes and shopper bags. It can be applied onto other fabric types but it is more expensive than the 100% cotton clothing.
Printing clothes and accessories using direct to garment can create an outstanding t-shirt, hoodie or sweatshirt with the ability to print any design your imagination can think of, no matter how complex, this really is the best option for those intricate designs and logos.