Apparel and Custom Clothing Information

How Soft-Hand Printing on Dark Garments Works

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, Aug, 27, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

Printing soft-hand on dark garments is probably the single most challenging aspect of textile screen printing. The “hand” of a print is referring to the feel. The softer the hand of a print, the less you can feel it. There has been some really great improvements in the screen printing ink industry with ink additives and the onset of discharge printing. However, there is not a cut and dry solution for a bright print with a super-soft hand on dark garments.

The most successful soft-hand screen prints begin with the design. Usually the shirt color works with the art and is allowed to influence the print color. This allows the printer flexibility to use regular plastisol, soft-hand inks, or discharge depending on the complexity of the design and amount of detail.

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Why Embroidery Sew Outs May Vary from the Finished Product

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Aug, 20, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

The best way to preview a new logo or design as embroidery is to see an actual sewn example. If you closely compare your sew out sample to a garment from the completed production run, it’s likely you will find some variance. If the same digitized file is used for both the sew out and the production, how is this possible?

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Topics: embroidery

The Benefits of Shipping via PSST

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Aug, 19, 2015 @ 14:08 PM


SanMar is a supplier of apparel and accessories to screen printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, athletic dealers, industrial launderers and more. Founder and CEO, Marty Lott, sums up the SanMar mission simply, “It’s our goal to help you build your business, and for you, and us, to grow together.” PSST is a ground-breaking initiative to do just that and Sharprint is a proud collaborator on the program and one of the select few in Chicago.

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Topics: purchasing apparel, psst

Know Your Options When Creating Custom Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Aug, 11, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

When it comes to the decorating of apparel, embroidery can be considered the alpha when stacked up against its counterparts -screen print and digital print. A fully formed practice for a long time, embroidery is used to decorate polos, caps, bags, luggage, and much more. When talking custom embroidery for decorated apparel, its important to understand the options available to you, as well as the process involved.

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Topics: embroidery

3 Keys To A Successful All-Over Print Design

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Aug, 03, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

There is a true art to designing a t-shirt for the all over press. It isn't as simple as taking any piece of art and blowing it up huge and slapping it on a tee. For a successful all over print, it's important to work with the machine as a screen print medium and consider it's drawbacks and weak points.

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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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