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What you need to know about Embroidery Threads

Posted by George Kilian on September 1, 2017 1:42:00 PM CDT

 

Basic Thread Types

There are two main thread types used for embroidery. They are rayon and polyester. Each type of thread has it’s advantages and is selected based on the logo or design and type of fabric to be sewn.

Rayon thread is shiny and smooth. It has a soft finish and is best for more delicate or high end clothing including corporate apparel, polos, and garments intended for retail sale.

Polyester thread is the more of a utilitarian thread and is used more often in uniforms for sports teams or industrial industries. It has a more matte appearance and is durable and strong. Polyester thread is also known for it’s ability to withstand bleaching, detergent, and hot water.

 
 
A Selection of our Specialty Threads  
 
Metallic Threads-
 
Metallic threads add a great contrast to many embroidery designs, however they can present a challenge to work with even for experienced embroiderers. Metallic threads feature a metal wrapping around an inner core. Because of this delicate structure, the less they are handled the better. These are also more expenive threads and much more difficult th e sew. There is a $1.50 upcharge per location when using these threads. 
 
 
 
 
Fire Resistant Threads-
 
Fire resistant embroidery thread are of interest to industries such as fire and safety, motor sports, aeronautics, transportation, public buildings, as well as children’s and infant’s wear. These threads are available in a variety of colors ranging from bright electric orange and fire engine red to soft pastels of pink and blue.
 
 
Solar Active-
 
Solare Active thread is a special brand of UV embroidery thread that actually changes color in the sunlight.  An extraordinary new thread designed and tested for today's high-speed embroidery machines that actually changes color in sunlight. Available in six sun activated changing colors. The thread is significantly more costly and more difficult to embroider so there is a $1.50 upcharge for using Solar Active thread. 
 

 

Choosing Thread Colors-

Most designers and graphic artists refer to Pantone colors when assigning specific colors in logos and art files. However, not all Pantone colors are available in threads. Chances are there is a thread color that will make a close match to the Pantone color that has been called out.

Thread manufacturers provide thread books that have a quick reference chart for Pantone conversion if you have specific Pantones selected. You can always consult with your decorator and even stop in to view the book and select from the thread colors that are available. There are even specialty thread options you may not know about, such as rainbow, reflective, neon, and glow-in-the-dark.

 

 

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What You Need to Know About Screen Printing on Tri-Blend Shirts

Posted by George Kilian on August 1, 2017 2:44:20 PM CDT

 

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 sending tri-blend orders to your decorator. Read More

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What You Need to Know About Screen Printing on Tri-Blend Shirts

Posted by George Kilian on April 28, 2016 1:58:21 PM CDT

 

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. Read More

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6 Simple Checks to Ensure Screen Print Perfection

Posted by Jake Saunders on April 11, 2016 11:54:00 AM CDT

 

Screen printed t-shirts are awesome. Most times they look pretty cool, but the medium isn’t all encompassing. Follow this simple checklist of the 7 musts to make sure your art will print perfectly for screen print:

1. Check the level of detail.

Most fonts are printable at 12 points or more. Line width should never be thinner than .3 points.

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The Goods Aren't Good Without a PO

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on May 13, 2015 12:04:00 PM CDT

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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From Concept To Screen Printed T-shirt: A Six Step Process

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on April 1, 2015 2:42:00 PM CDT

Unless you have been on a screen printing shop tour or had the opportunity to print t-shirts firsthand, you may not know just how an idea actually becomes a screen printed t-shirt. In fact, even if you have been on a shop tour, without experiencing the process from start to finish with the same design, the steps may be a little unclear. In this blog, we’ll go over each step in detail and wrap it all up with a short video so you can see the process in action.

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The Unwanted Mark of Screen Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on December 18, 2014 10:26:00 AM CST

The Cause and Solution of Pallet Marks

Every so often, screen printers are faced with certain obstacles they need to overcome in order to provide their customers with the best possible looking custom apparel.

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Artwork That Works For Screen Printing

Posted by Tara Zanzig on October 22, 2014 1:28:00 PM CDT

Digital artwork used for screen printing can be categorized in two types - raster and vector. In this article, we’ll define both file types, go over some vocabulary, and show how you can differentiate the two.

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Under Base: Unveiling the Mystery of the Extra Screen

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on August 26, 2014 1:12:00 PM CDT

Your logo consists of 3 colors, yet you’re being charged for a 4-color screen printing job. What? Why? Are decorating companies trying to pull a fast one on you? Though at first you may think otherwise, the answer is, no they are not.

You may be wondering, what and where is that fourth color coming from? That mysterious fourth color is actually what decorating manufacturers call an under base, white under base, or a flash. An under base is a necessary technique used in the screen printing industry.

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Achieving the Best Possible Quality When Printing on Polyester

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on June 10, 2014 12:12:00 PM CDT

*To the right is an example of an instance when dye migration occurred. The color of the design was white, but dye migration caused the red tint.

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Making The Most Out of Your Screen Printing Designs

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on September 24, 2012 1:57:00 PM CDT

Screen printing is a type of printing technique that utilizes woven mesh as a means of supporting ink-blocking stencils. A relatively inexpensive printing technique that results in highly-detailed and very beautiful designs. Using screen printing for t-shirts and other promotional items can help get a business on the proverbial map. Whether researching the best ways to promote your restaurant, retail store, eco-friendly company or other business, screen printing designs are arguably one of the optimal methods for making your business apparel truly stand out. 

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