Category Archives: Garment Decoration

T-Shirt Printing – Everyone Wants It, We Do More Than Most!

GD05 yellow t-shirt plain ready for printing

A simple t-shirt provides a brilliant canvas to print your creative message on!

T-shirt printing gives one of the most popular and versatile garments in the world a whole new lease of life. With Cumbria based Stitch & Print’s expert embroidery and print services the t-shirt is even more versatile. We have a huge range of colours, styles & fabrics available which you can see in our web brochure.

 

T-shirts – A brief history

The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century and became very popular with the US Navy, due to it’s lightweight and comfortable fit. Over time it became more and more popular as a bottom layer with workmen in various industries such as agriculture.

P1000291 Halloween T-Shirt printing. Designs printed on a spooky black base T

Halloween T-Shirt designs printed on a spooky black base are always popular with the kids.

One of the more recent developments, t-shirt printing, has seen legions of wearers using them as a medium for self-expression and advertising. Stitch & Print can help you become part of this trend with our expertise in garment printing and embroidery.

 

 

T-Shirt Printing  for Branded Workwear

HV71 Orange Hi vis T-Shirt. Printing can also put your branding on basic safety wear.Stitch & Print can help to make your workforce look smart by adding your company branding, logo and staff names to one of our range of work-friendly t-shirts. Russell Workwear are skilled in providing functional and practical work apparel, including 100% cotton t-shirts with double layer shoulder panels for added durability. These shirts are available in a range of colours to suit your company. T Shirt printing or embroidery can be applied in a number of areas giving your brand an added degree of self expression.

We can also custom print high-visibility t-shirts in four ultra-bright colours, particularly useful for walkers, cyclists and people working in low light or hazardous environments.

A T Shirt Style For Everyone – Before We Print It!

K732 Bella Canvas Deep V-neck T-Shirt womens short sleeve in PinkStylish and fashionable t-shirts aren’t exclusive to the high street shops, and Stitch & Print have a range of t-shirt styles in stock that is second to none. You can choose from B&C, Fruit of the Loom and Gildan V-neck t-shirts in black white and many colours in-between.

For a really ‘on trend’ look you could opt for the Bella Canvas Deep V-neck, which is a very popular choice for young men. Skinnifitmen offer a long sleeved t-shirt manufactured with a blend of cotton and elastane, to give it a slim and modern fit.

We have baseball style t-shirts by Kariban, which are available in over ten contrasting sleeve and torso colour combinations. Most of the t-shirts in our catalogue are available in the usual wide range of sizes, from XS to XXL.

Those looking for a particular colour will be pleased to know that the Gildan Ultra Cotton t-shirt is available in over 60 colours, including ANSI/ISEA certified safety colours. We can customise whichever colour you choose, from serene green to cherry red!

Stitch & Print can also print and embroider a variety of female fitting t-shirts, including the Okarma 100% GOTS and Control Union certified cotton t-shirt for a soft and comfortable feel. More unconventional women’s styles are also available, such as the Longine and Flowy t-shirts perfect to wear with leggings, provided by Skinnifit and Bella Canvas.

Expert T-Shirt Customisation From Cumbria’s Favourite!

Stitch & Print offer a range of the latest T-shirt printing and embroidery options to enable you to create the perfect branded t-shirt for your purpose at work or purely for fun and leisure.  Our team of specially trained staff complete all work in-house using the best T shirt printing machines and tools in the business. If you would like an instant quote, or have a special request, please contact us at office@stitchandprint.co.uk

Print Gifts: Garment Printers & Beyond!

Stitch & Print have an array of techniques for creating print gifts & garment decoration. We are continually looking at the latest printing processes, allowing production of personalised one-off designs as well as larger orders on a range of clothing and other items. But it doesn’t stop there; find out a bit more about garment decoration as well as promotional products & personalised gifts.

personalised iPad case is common print gift idea

Personalised iPad case is a recent addition to the print gifts range

Print Gifts Design: The Standards And The Creative!

We have thousands of stock designs you can choose to use in our online designer via the website; Choose your design, add your personalised text & you have your item! But what if you want to use your own pictures? No problem, Our designer is linked directly to Facebook & Instagram so you can upload your pictures straight from there!

If you’re using artwork software yourself you can upload your own designs for production. If you’d like to sell your print gift designs via your own web-store then we can set up your own site for you where we will do your production for you.

Cost effectiveness is important, Prices vary depending on the colours and size of the print design & the number of garments required, We can advise you on the best process for your requirements, but lets look at some of the basics;

Gift printing Techniques

Screen-printing allows full colour designs to be produced onto a wide range of garments. It’s a versatile garment print process where Inks are applied straight to the clothing, making the process suitable for both dark and light coloured fabrics. This process is very economical for larger quantities of fifty or more garments, rather than small runs, due to the high set up costs involved.

Direct to garment printing (DTG) also involves using full colour prints directly on to the garment & is also suitable for light and dark coloured fabrics. The process is similar to screen printing, but the coloured inks are mixed during the process via a print head. DTG printing is very flexible & can allow for just one print of a design. This process is slightly more expensive but one-off prints are more economical as a result of lower set-up costs.

Transfer printing involves production by applying ink to a transfer before then applying it to the garment. This process is suitable for both one-off prints & larger runs. It’s very economical for full colour one-off prints and small batches, the only downside being a ‘patch’ style print.

The development and use of this dye transfer technology allows decoration of a range of products other than the traditional clothing range! The non garment print gift family now includes: Boots, Flags, Jeans, Umbrellas, Phone cases ….. It’s a growing list!

Lets take a look at some details:

Transfer printing (white garments) full colour designs are transferred to transfer sheets that are then applied to the garment. It’s a very light transfer using a surface film that is very flexible. The only side-effect of using this process is that the clear areas within the design are  prone to darkening over time.

Transfer printing (dark garments) full colour transfers are produced by printing onto the surface of a lightweight vinyl which is then applied to the garment. This gives a heavier feel to the transfer on light garments like T-Shirts but is a great way of producing one-off items.

Transfer Vinyl printing is the most common style of one-off garment production. traditionally a single colour vinyl is precisely cut to the desired shape or font and then heat-sealed to the garment. However the production of fashion style media like leopard & zebra print, graffiti style & textured vinyls has lifted things to a new level. Heat-sealing is suitable for most fabrics. Transfer vinyl printing is great for party tops and high-visibility work wear. The advantages of transfer vinyl printing are that it is a durable and hard-wearing form of customising a garment, as well as being very economical. However it isn’t as ‘fashion friendly’ as some of the other printing processes listed above.

gift prints: personalised iPhone cover with memorable images of painted face and baby

personalised iPhone cover

We also use transfer printing for umbrellas, mouse mats, personalised book covers & phone cases  giving you the opportunity to produce perfect personalised print gifts.

 

 

 

Gift print mugs are probably the original memorable giveaway!

personalised mugs printed via dye sublimation.

Sublimation printing is a process where the design is printed then heated. The inks migrate onto the surface of the item where it re-solidifies to form a permanent print. It’s a process suitable for white & pastel shades of suitable garments as well as mugs – It’s very cost effective in the production of one-off items.