Printing & Embroidery

DYE SUBLIMATION

Key Points

• Long lasting
• Crisp & sharp images
• Retains breathability properties of the garment
• Cost effective  

Dye sub is a process whereby a graphic or text are produced on specialist sublimation transfer paper using the appropriate printing machine.
The sublimation print is then applied to the garment and heat pressed to bond the ink with the fibres of the fabric.
We love dye sub print because it means the ink is sealed within the fabric itself, rather than being an adhesive or layer applied to sit on top of the fabric.
That means it never peels or fades, can withstand normal washing without any vulnerability to heat, and looks a crisp sharp print!
The reason we offer other print services is because dye sub has some limitations which means it is not always the ideal print method for every project.
For example, darker fabrics cannot be dye sublimated with a pale ink as the darker colour overpowers the print, and dye sub fabrics must be either Polyester or a fabric blend appropriate for sublimation printing. 

EMBROIDERY

Key Points

• High quality print finish
• Long lasting
• Ideal for corporate and professional garments
• Allows for customisation of fabrics not suitable for other print methods  

The embroidery process involves your logo, company name or graphic being digitized, whereby the artwork is converted into artwork which lays out the stitching and number of threads required.

The customisation is created by stitching high quality embroidery thread in the appropriate colours onto your garment using modern embroidery machines.

Embroidery is one of the most popular customisation choices for corporate and outdoor workwear since it can be applied to almost any fabric or garment type, has a professional and high quality finish and can be used on garments which are not suited to other print methods. Embroidery is however not suitable for waterproof outer wear as the perforation of the needle will compromise the waterproof performance of the fabric. 

Screen Printing

Key Points

• High quality output
• Durable and long lasting print finish
• Clear and sharp print
• Most suitable print method for applying light or bright graphics to darker garments 

In the screen printing process, a type of stencil design is created on fine mesh or polyester fabric, with several layers of ink pushed through this stencil layout onto the surface of the print material.
All the different ink colours are applied using a different screen stencil to create the final printed effect. Areas of the print material which need to be left clear are covered with an impermeable substance to prevent ink contamination.
Screen printing is ideal for high volume requirements, and for printing pale or bright colours onto darker fabrics, for which other print methods may not be suitable. 

HEAT TRANSFER

Key Points

• Fast print time turnaround
• Ideal for small quantity print runs with no set up costs
• Can transfer photo graphics in full colour
• Allows for colour and placement versatility 

Heat transfer is a popular finish used to add logos / graphics to apparel which you have probably seen many times!
Logos or graphics are printed to special heat transfer paper, which can be either individual sheets or on a roll.
There are various types of heat transfer papers depending on the type of fabric, colour of logo, colour of fabric etc – the graphic is printed, and then applied to the garment using a print machine called a heat press.