Apparel and Custom Clothing Information

How Screen Printing Works for 2-Ply Garments

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Jul, 28, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

Ply has a couple of meanings in the apparel industry. If you’re talking dress shirts, ply is the number of yarns twisted together to make a single thread that is woven into a fabric. For screen printers, 2-ply is referring to a garment constructed with two fabric layers. Common 2-ply garments are windbreakers, athletic shorts, and the hood on some styles of sweatshirts. Because the two layers of fabric are generally sew together at the edges and are loose against each other, there is an extra step and some additional equipment required to print these garments. Let’s take a look.

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Embroidery: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Jul, 24, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

As a Promotional Product expert knowing as much as you can about the apparel decorating processes will help you with your sales. As partners we feel it is our responsibility to give you the information you need to sell. Today were going to talk about embroidery stitches. Apparel Decorating companies use three distinct embroidery stitches to create the beautiful custom embroidered garments you see. Each stitch creates a different look on the fabric.

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Topics: embroidery

3 Things You Can do to Save Yourself from Polyester Dye Migration

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Jul, 20, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Polyester and poly blend garments continues to grow in popularity over the years. It has become one of the most common types of materials used in the promotional apparel world. When printing on polyester and polyester blends, it can sometimes prove to be a struggle, as it's one of the most challenging fabrics to print on. 

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Topics: polyester printing

The Goods Aren't Good Without a PO

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, May, 13, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

One of the very first steps in the decorating apparel industry is purchasing the goods that need to be screen printed or embroidered on. Decorating companies are more than willing to order the goods for their customers, but there are times when customers will supply the garments themselves. This is certainly not a problem and 100% acceptable. However, if the customer does provide their decorator with the blank pieces, there are a few things that they should know and take into consideration. Here are three Things Your Decorator Needs Before Sending Your Order to Production:

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Topics: decorating manufacturers, screen printing, purchase orders

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Plastisol Ink

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Apr, 21, 2015 @ 14:04 PM

Plastisol ink is a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) based system that essentially contains no solvent at all. Along with UV ink used in graphic screen printing, it is referred to as a 100% solid ink system. Plastisol is a thermoplastic ink in that it is necessary to heat the printed ink film to a temperature high enough to cause the molecules of PVC resin and plasticizer to cross-link and thereby solidify, or cure. The temperature at which most plastisol for textile printing cures at is in the range of 149 °C to 166 °C (300 °F to 330°F).

Plastisol is the ink of choice for printing of finished goods such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and tote bags.

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Embroidery's Relationship to Fabric Arts

Posted by Jake Saunders on Fri, Apr, 17, 2015 @ 15:04 PM

Here where I work at Sharprint, we decorate apparel in three main ways, screen printdigital print and embroidery. Out of the three, embroidery has been a fully formed practice the longest by far. Embroidery using silk thread has been known to have been practiced as far back as the 5th century BC in China. However, it has failed to have as significant a cultural impact as screen print or digital printing despite having a solid couple of millennia to get ahead.  

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Topics: embroidery, fabrics

5 Tips to Preparing an Illustrator File for Your Contract Decorator

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Apr, 14, 2015 @ 14:04 PM

Screen printers love Adobe Illustrator because the graphics are so clean and perfectly scale-able. Certain features of the program were even designed specifically for the print industry. A screen print artist or separator prepares your design file for print production, but there are some steps you should take to prepare your file for the printer.

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The Top 3 Embroidery Thread Composition Stitch Types

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Fri, Apr, 10, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

 

Did you know embroidery thread is sewn in different types of stitches to re-create your customer's logo or design on a garment? It’s true! These stitch types are called out by the digitizer when creating a stitch composition for your image. Each stitch type has a unique look and is best for specific design elements. Here are the top three:

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Water-Based Ink

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Mon, Apr, 06, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

Water-based inks are defined as those that utilize water as the main solvent. That does not mean, however that water is the only solvent. It is significant to note that many water base inks contain “co-solvents” which may even be petroleum based solvents. The reason these co-solvents are used varies, but one of the key reasons is to decrease the time and heat necessary to cure the ink film on the fabric.

Water-based ink is the ink of choice for the printing of yard goods; either in piece form or on the roll.

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Screen Print vs. Digital: 5 Elements to Consider Before Deciding

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Fri, Apr, 03, 2015 @ 17:04 PM

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When deciding between DTG and screen print for your next apparel run, its important to understand the unique benefits each has to offer.DTG printing is typically favored for those fast, low run, high color count jobs; whereas, screen print will offer a better range of color, more flexibility in what it can print on, better hand ondarks and a much larger printable size range.  As technology advances, the gap between these two methods will narrow. Below are 5 elements to understand before choosing between screen print and DTG:

1. SIZE

If you’re going for a standard full front design, digital and screen are good to go.  If you’re looking for something a little more non-traditional like an all over print, then there will be a clear choice.  While there may be some minor limitations, screen printing can get this done with ease.  Round one goes to screen printing.  

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Topics: digital printing, digital t-shirt printing, screen print

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