Apparel and Custom Clothing Information

What's the Big Deal About Printed Tees?

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Tue, Nov, 15, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

We crank out t-shirts and apparel all day over here at Sharprint. Everything from give-away tees to high end fashion garments. Each item has an intentionally designed, well thought out purpose - whether it’s to commemorate a charity race or launch a new product. Decorated apparel is huge - no denying that - but what’s the big deal?

Clothing has a very basic function - coverage. Climate and availability are some obvious and relatively uncontrollable factors that influence the clothing we wear. Apparel isn’t just about function, though, so why do we wear what we wear?

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Topics: screen printing, apparel, clothing

Why the Silk Slipped in Screen Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, Oct, 13, 2011 @ 09:10 AM

“BackRub it”. That’s what the world would be saying had Google not changed their name in 1998. Before cracking open an ice cold Pepsi Cola, we were all sipping on Brad's Drink. We no longer lace up our Blue Ribbon Sports, but instead, our Nikes. And the days of referring to the process of decorating a garment as Silk Screen Printing are over. It is now simply called Screen Printing.

So why did the word silk get dropped from the term silk screen printing? It’s really an easy answer. It’s because the silk got dropped out of the screen printing process.

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Topics: silk screen printing, silk screening, screen printing

A Screen Printing Experience for Kids

Posted by Jake Saunders on Fri, Jul, 08, 2011 @ 07:07 AM

If you haven’t heard about the Rumble Arts Center in Humbolt Park, it’s about time you did.

The center isn’t just about providing affordable art experience for kids - it’s about bringing families together, strengthening the community and sharing in fun - and they do it right.

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Topics: screen printing, Rumble Art Center, screen print workshop

The Mesh Matters

Posted by Kathy Hansen on Thu, Jun, 30, 2011 @ 07:06 AM

When printing from your computer to an ordinary printer, multiple heads spray the colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black in one pass of paper to create a multi-color image. When screen printing an image, each color has its own screen and the t-shirt or other garment makes a stop at each station on the press.

The actual “screen” is a frame stretched with mesh. Just as it sounds, “mesh” is a cris-cross pattern of thread. “Mesh count” refers to the number of threads per square inch - this is a similar concept to the dpi or lpi you refer to with an ink jet printer. Different meshes and mesh counts accomplish different things on press.

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Topics: screen printing, s-thread mesh, mesh count

Helping the "Kids In Need"

Posted by Jake Molzahn on Thu, Jun, 23, 2011 @ 07:06 AM

Around the country, there are thousands of schools that lack the financial capabilities needed to purchase school supplies for their students and teachers.

In 1995, one foundation set out to change that. The Kids In Need Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to “ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need”.

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Topics: screen printing, blank garments, Kids In Need Foundation

A Blank Garment, Your Artboard

Posted by Jake Saunders on Mon, May, 09, 2011 @ 10:05 AM

A painting begins with an empty canvas, a novel starts with a blank page, and a song kicks off without a single lyric. Then an inspiration, an idea, or a spark of creativity turns those blank spaces into works of art.

The same goes for decorative apparel. Before a design is screen printed or embroidered on a t-shirt, it is simply a blank piece of fabric. With that blank piece of fabric, the customer can do as they please. Some people like the clean blank t-shirt look, some prefer an all-over print design, and many others go with something in-between.

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Topics: blank apparel, screen printing, all-over printing

Printing a Vintage Looking T-Shirt

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Tue, Apr, 12, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Everybody has that lifelong favorite t-shirt with the faded color, slight tear, and small but noticeable ketchup stain. Why do these tees continue to stay in the closet and out of the trash? Well, aside from the ketchup stain, people like the vintage, worn-out look.

Using specialized inks, decorating manufacturers are able to give a brand-spanking-new shirt the look of an old-worn-out tee.

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Topics: screen printing, discharge ink, water-based ink

Hot Apparel for the Spring Season

Posted by Kathy Hansen on Fri, Apr, 01, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

The 20th of March marked the first day of Spring, and with every new season comes... NEW FASHION!

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Topics: screen printing, spring fashion, hot apparel

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