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

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Apr, 03, 2015 @ 17:04 PM


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:


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, screen print

Decoration, Timeline & Budget: What You Need to Know

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Dec, 22, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Ordering custom decorated apparel for your clients can be a fun and easy process if you are working with the right decorator. It’s simply a matter of communicating and planning with your decorator in advance to sort through the various apparel applications and options. This article is designed to walk you through the various steps to think about when working with your client and decorator during the planning, budgeting and timeline stages. 


There are three primary techniques used to customize company apparel. These processes are screen print, embroidery, and digital printing. Casual clothes ordered in large quantities may be best suited for screen printing, whereas fast turns on full color designs may call for digital print production. Embroidery communicates high quality, professionalism, and elegance. 

Each technique has a design style best suited to its process and result. They may have embroidery in mind, but if your client has a logo that will look better screen printed,  you’ll want to opt them in for the best result. That being said, each process is pretty versatile. Your decorator should help you target the ideal scenario to make sure your client isn’t disappointed with the final product. 

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How to Use Pantone Colors for Embroidery & Screen Printing

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Dec, 08, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Pantone colors are the universal language for communicating specific colors right down to the shade. This language overcomes distances and computer monitors with different calibrations. If both parties involved in a project are looking at a Pantone book, referencing the exact number, both parties can rest assured that they are on the same page.

Brand guidelines define specific colors of logos in terms of Pantones. Designers call out Pantone colors in their work so the image can be re-created exactly from digital media to print and embroidery. As decorators, we live and die by Pantone colors. However, the language of Pantone colors translates a little differently between screen print and embroidery - like a different dialect between the mediums of decoration. Let’s look at why and what this means for the logo or design you are having screen printed or embroidered.

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How to Ensure High Quality With Your Screen Printed Tees

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Oct, 09, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

Whether you plan to order screen-printed t-shirts in the near future, or might some time down the line, there are important variables to consider in order to make sure your clients’ custom t-shirts don’t suffer from regular wash and wear.

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The Art of Digital Printing on Dark Garments

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Sep, 29, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Digital printing on dark t-shirts or garments is not quite the same as printing on white or light ones. The direct-to-garment process is similar to screen print in that a white foundation or white under base must be printed first, allowing the design colors to be visible. Color may not look quite as bright when an under base is used, and the feeling of the printed shirt is not as soft.

In the process of direct-to-garment printing there is an additional step involved with printing the under base. It’s called “the pre-treat.” Colored or dark garments require the print area to be sprayed or treated, with a non-toxic primer. This primer facilitates the bond between the white ink and the garment or material surface. Depending on the design, a pre-treat can double the amount of time it takes to produce a digital print order. Although the pre-treat solution is non-toxic, it can leave a faint residue on the shirt, and it is strongly recommended that these shirts be washed before wearing.

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Understanding Fabric Types & Threads for Custom Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Sep, 23, 2014 @ 16:09 PM

Before we get into various fabric types for embroidery, there is a term you should be familiar with - backing. Backing is a specialized piece of fabric used as a foundation for stabilizing embroidery stitches. Fabric, by nature, is very flexible. Backing has a stiffness and gives the stitches something stable to hold on to.

There are various types of backing for different fabrics and purposes. You don’t need to worry about selecting the proper backing. The embroidery experts will do that for you. Backing comes in white for light garments and black for dark garments to reduce visibility. In most cases, the backing is undetectable.

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Coated, Uncoated and Under Base Effects when Screen Printing

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Sep, 18, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

When you say red, you could mean any number of a gazillion shades. When you say red 485c, you mean one very specific shade. Pantone® colors are used to select and accurately communicate color in a variety of industries.

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