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What is T Shirt Screen Printing?

T-shirt printing has come a very long way since the original (and now iconic) 1950s Disney t shirt designs! From the beginning though, the main method of t-shirt printing has been that of screen printing, and whilst other processes such as digital or direct to garment print are now developing (and enabling much smaller print runs), t shirt screen printing has been the mainstay of the t-shirt printing industry for over 60 years.

Screen printing is also known as silk screening and is essentially a very simple technique that uses a mesh and a stencil to transfer ink to certain areas of a design. Colour wise, this makes pretty much anything possible with t shirt screen printing, although some colours and finishes are trickier than others to perfect!

T shirt screen printing is also often used in conjunction with other methods of clothing decoration too, such as embroidery and heat transfers. The finished clothing items are incredibly popular and in fact are an ever growing market as they provide such a great vehicle for corporate message and brand identity.

Video - The Silk Screen Process

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What Makes Embroidered Clothing So Popular?

Embroidered clothing is a really superb way of promoting your business or product. Long lasting, professional and superbly finished, good quality embroidered clothing is often seen as more subtle than printed t shirts, and more suitable for the corporate market.

In essence, embroidery is the process by which a design is sewn onto a garment using a computerised embroidery machine. The process gives a highly professional and very long lasting appearance and is suitable for most text or logo graphics.

What’s more, embroidered clothing is versatile – you can embroider a company logo or slogan on to practically any piece of clothing, the most popular being polo shirts, sweaters, caps and fleeces. And this makes it an ideal method for sports and social clubs too – from a golf club’s polo shirt to a stag weekends baseball caps! And in conjunction with coloured stitching, coloured buttons or coloured collar linings, embroidered shirts of any kind can function as really economical fashion items as well as superb promotional merchandise.

Video - The Embroidery Process

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How Transfer Printing Works?

Transfer printing is a way of applying an image to a curved or uneven surface. First used to print on china or pottery in the 1750s, using it on fabric is a fairly new process

Most garment printing companies use heat-applied plastisol transfers when transfer printing. They print a design with special ink, but instead of printing it directly on the garment, they print the design on to special transfer paper.

Then, when the design needs to be applied to the garment, the piece of clothing is placed in a heat transfer press, the transfer is put on top of the garment, ink side down, and the press is closed. The heat and pressure applied by the press then forces the ink into the garment. And when the press is opened and the paper is peeled off the shirt, the ink remains behind.

Transfer printing is particularly popular method of decorating baseball caps for example. Baseball caps are difficult to print well because of the complications involved in printing on a curved surface. But transfers for baseball caps can be printed very quickly and applied very easily, making perfect, economical promotional items.

Video - The Digital Transfer Process

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