One of the biggest questions surrounding is: it is eco-friendly? While the standard technique might not be, there are options which make screen printing incredibly good for the environment. Find out moreWhen it comes to screen printing ink, there are two different types of inks that can be used: plastisol ink and water-based ink. Plastisol is the industry standard and the default ink used by commercial printers. It uses a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) base, as opposed to water-based ink, which is exactly what its name suggests, a water-based ink with pigments suspended within it. The limitation associated with water-based inks is that you can not print onto dark coloured garments, but they are excellent for printing vibrant colours onto lighter coloured garments.Furthermore, the print result is affected by the colour of the garment. For example, using a purple coloured shirt may change the appearance of the ink colour. Water-based inks also do not work well on all materials and are better suited for shorter run orders. For printing soft prints onto dark coloured garments there is a screen printing technique that uses discharge water-based inks.

You may have noticed that there is a difference in the types of shirts which you can buy, most T-Shirts either use embroidery or flat graphics for their logos and designs. Embroidery is decorating a fabric using a needle and thread. Screen printing, on the other hand, uses stencils to create a design which is then placed on a screen of silk (or other fine mesh) and forces ink through the mesh onto the printing surface.

Embroidery is used to create beautiful and lasting designs. Although in the past, designs had to be hand-stitched, today, the process is performed by our high-tech sewing machines which are all equipped with several needles and speciality software.

There is always a design charge for any type of T-Shirt that is made with a custom logo even though the name of it may not be the same, sometimes it’s called a digitising fee or a tape charge, other times it is called a design set-up charge, but all it means is that you are being charged for the work put into creating a new design or logo. The set-up charge for custom embroidery is broken down by a couple of elements.

Overall, it is the cost of what it takes for the company to pay for the software and designer who is creating the logo. Embroidery machines are part of this cost, they are set up to sew patterns, which allows a user to tell the machine where and when to sew a stitch in order to create the pattern necessary for the logo.

The process of changing the flat graphic image into a pattern necessary for the clothing is what the setup charge specifically is. This is a time-consuming process, but the good news is that once the machine has the pattern in it, it can embroider the same pattern an infinite number of times. Moreover, at Garment Printing we are always making sure to deliver high qualitative results by using state-of-the-art machinery.

For this reason, if you’re looking to get your logo or design embroidered onto a single shirt or T-Shirt, the set-up cost may be too much to justify for a single T-Shirt which is why we recommend looking at other printing techniques, such as Cad Cut Vinyl. If you’re looking to get a logo with multiple colours then Transfer Printing may be your best bet.

This is because there are no hidden setup fees which can impact on the cost and it will ensure that you’re getting high-quality prints for a much better price. So, if you’re looking for embroidery on a small number of garments, it’s important to consider the other options that are available to you.

Find out more by visiting our Sample page and Ordering today or call us for advise. We are here to help.


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