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    February 21, 2017 12:20:09 AM CST

    What You Need to Know About Art For Embroidery


    In general, an embroidery art department can accept any type of artwork you provide right down to a sketch on a napkin. The important thing to remember is this: the better the art, the better the embroidery. The process for converting artwork to embroidery is called digitizing and the artists that do it are called - you guessed it - digitizers.

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    February 1, 2017 2:41:46 PM CST

    Embroidery Backing - A World Of Options


    Embroidery Backing - A World of Options

    Nothing can enhance or ruin embroidery more than what backing your decorator chooses to use. Here are some tips and things you should know about embroidery backings before making an apparel order.

    Backings serve to “stabilize” the garment while it is being embroidered. They are placed behind where the stitching will go on a fabric to prevent the fabric from being squeezed, pinched, or bunched. Without backing, the precision needed for embroidery would not be possible and finished products would look “mushy” and lack detail.

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    January 25, 2017 12:30:00 PM CST

    How Soft-Hand Printing On Dark Garments Works

    Soft hand on dark garments

    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.

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    August 16, 2016 4:01:06 PM CDT

    Unique T-Shirt Packaging Ideas For More Sales


    You’re in the business of showing new ideas, so finding unique and interesting ways to package shirts can lead to a boost in customer engagement and sales. Here at Sharprint, we encourage our clients to think outside the box when it comes to packaging for t-shirts, and today, we’re featuring a few unique ways to approach t-shirt packaging to better entice buyers.

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    July 27, 2016 11:08:42 AM CDT

    How Can All Over Printing Benefit You?


    More than just a method for adding patterns, all over printing can use texture, dynamic placement and photographic images to transform a basic tee into an exciting backdrop to dramatically frame your message.

    All over print shirts are an affordable way to make a huge impact, at around $1.75 for one side one color for over 300 tees or tanks in materials like 100% cotton, triblends and 50/50 blends.

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    April 28, 2016 1:58:21 PM CDT

    5 Things You Need To Know About Screen Printing On Tri-Blend Shirts


    Tri-blend t-shirts are one of the most popular options for apparel printing. Tri-blend t-shirts are made up of three materials—cotton, polyester, and rayon, and look great when decorated. The fabric is super-soft and comfortable, making tri-blends a popular choice. But although they’re a great option for wearing, there are some challenges screen printing on them. Here are some things to consider when screen printing on tri-blend shirts.

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    March 9, 2016 6:30:00 AM CST

    6 Things To Tell Your Clients About Embroidering Custom Apparel


    Logo embroidery adds a one-of-a-kind custom touch to any garment. Hobby clubs, organizations, small businesses, and corporations can all benefit from this type of apparel. It will help members of a company stand out at a trade show, identify various teams at a tournament, or give all the members a sense of belonging and solidarity, no matter what kind of group they belong to. When arranging for logo embroidery, there are several important points to consider.

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    February 18, 2016 11:00:24 AM CST

    Printing Techniques That Make Your Screen Printed Tees Pop


    When you start to discuss printed tee shirts with your customers, be creative and think outside the box to guide their designs. Give them a few that will stand out, rather than just sticking to the regular printing basics. Here are a few trends we have seen that you may want add to your toolbox:

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    August 19, 2015 2:56:09 PM CDT

    The Benefits Of Shipping Via PSST


    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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    August 3, 2015 11:12:24 AM CDT

    3 Keys To A Successful All-Over Print Design


    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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    July 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM CDT

    How Screen Printing Works For 2-Ply Garments

    Windbreakers For Screen Print

    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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