I will firstly describe the following techniques to enable you to decide how best to apply your logo or writing to university hoodies, t-shirts and team kit. |
Best for low costs and larger quantities
Screen printing can be applied to most garments. It is frequently used on T shirts, for larger volume runs. Multiple colours can be applied to achieve your design, which can be any size on the garment. A new screen is used for each colour, set up costs are based on each colour used. Costs vary, but are typically £20 per screen.
Heat Application Printing
Best for low costs, fast turn around and excellent launderability
This printing technique takes your name, message or logo, and applies it to the garment using heat application. More than one colour can be applied, but each application is a separate task. The finished garment can be washed, tumble dried and ironed (within the garment tolerances). For simple designs, and all text designs there is no set up charge. Turn around times are very fast, and the choice of garments is huge. More complex designs can usually be produced but there may be a set up charge for originating the design in the correct format.
Best for hard wearing, professional image, and smaller designs Small or large quantities
Embroidery can be applied to all garments. The cost of embroidery is not dependent on the number of colours used, but the number of stitches in the design, it is therefore used mostly on smaller designs like those on the breast pocket.
Before embroidery can be started a sample is produced for the customer to sign off. There is usually a once off set up charge of around £30 (+vat) but once this has been signed off there are no further set up charges, and small quantities are welcome.
Best for full colour images, excellent launderability Small or large quantities
Sublimation printing starts off with your image, which could be a picture or photograph, and this is printed onto a special T shirt or polo shirt designed to accept the sublimation ink. When it has been applied the image will stay there, it becomes part of the shirt, you can iron it and launder it just as you would the shirt.
This technique can be used for a one off, or many hundreds. There are no set up charges. The main limitation is that it can only be applied to clothing which has been treated to accept it, white t shirts and white polo shirts.
What Will Suite Your Needs
For large numbers I recommend screen printing this is most suited on t-shirts and can produce large numbers at low prices, but for smaller numbers heat printing is more preferred. Embroidery provides a quality finish and is preferred for logos.
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