Screen printing has a steep learning curve that requires knowledge of everything from making screens and press set-up to actual printing.
Create a customized graphic using professional graphics software. The graphic must be separated by color, with each color printed on its own clear film positive. Fewer colors mean a simpler set-up, resulting in lower costs.
Following a process that requires the use of a darkroom and photographic chemicals, a stencil, known as a screen, is made for each color in the graphic image.
Each screen must be inserted and carefully aligned in the printing press to ensure that adjacent colors in the image are correctly aligned. The printing press applies ink to each screen, then uses pressure to squeeze the ink through the screen’s open mesh areas and onto the shirt. There are three common types of screen printing presses: flat-bed; cylinder; and rotary, which is the most widely used.
After all colors are printed, the shirt is placed in a drying chamber at around 350°F for about 40 seconds to cure the screen print ink. Once cooled, the shirt is ready to wear.
Screen Printing Process
Screen printing (also known as silk screening) is a printing technique that uses stencils and ink to create designs on fabric. Although it requires significantly more set-up time than digital printing or heat transfer, screen printing remains popular because it is the most economical method for producing large quantities.
Sublimation is a transfer process that produces a full-color, photo-quality reproduction of a digital image using ink that turns into gas when heat is applied. The gas permeates, or dyes, the substrate - becoming an inherent part of whatever material it's applied to.
Create a customized graphic using professional graphics software. Sublimation images are capable of rendering millions of colors in high resolution to produce photo-quality images as well as vector graphics and text.
Print your customized graphic to an inkjet printer using sublimation inks on sublimation-compatible paper.
Place the printed image face down on the sublimation-ready surface, such as a 100% polyester T-shirt. You may wish to secure or tackthe paper to the item with repositionable adhesive spray, found at craft and hardware stores. Place the product and sublimation print under a heat press, following manufacturer directions for temperature and time. (Usually, recommended temperature for T-shirts is around 400oF for about 50 seconds at 30-40 PSI.) Strive to achieve continuous contact between the heated platen and the sublimation transfer. When time is up, use heat protective gloves to remove the transfer. When the item has cooled, it's ready to wear.
Sublimation is a transfer process that produces a full-color, photo-quality reproduction of a digital image using ink that turns into gas when heat is applied. Dye sublimation is a tremendously versatile technology with applications in apparel, awards, promotional products, signage and much more.
Today's custom embroidery is a primarily automated process that translates a digital image into data that guides the operation of industrial sewing machines capable of up to 1,500 stitches per minute.
DESIGN AND DIGITIZE IMAGE:
Create or adapt a design for embroidery, bearing in mind that simpler designs with open areas translate best into stitches. Designs with open areas will allow fabric to drape more naturally. Once complete, the design must be digitized to translate it into stitch data for the sewing machine. This may be done in-house using software compatible with your embroidery machine, or outsourced to a reputable digitizing firm. Send the digitized image to your embroidery machine.
STABILIZE AND HOOP:
Select the appropriate stabilizer for your item's fabric, apply temporary spray adhesive, and smooth the stabilizer onto the item. Next, place all layers firmly in your embroidery machine's hoop, which holds the fabric securely and moves as the item is sewn. The fabric should be smooth and flat, but not stretched out of its original shape. Insert the hoop into your embroidery machine.
STITCH THE DESIGN:
Once you insert the hooped item and send your digitized file, the embroidery machine does most of the work. It will stop when it's time to change thread or if other action is needed. When the machine finishes sewing, remove the hoop, unhoop the fabric, and trim any excess thread from the stabilizer. Some items may need a light steam pressing to smooth any creases caused by the hoop.
Embroidery is the process of turning a graphic or text into a needle-and-thread work of art for application to a garment or other fabric item. Of all the methods of fabric embellishment, embroidery is considered to add the most sophistication and a higher perceived value to a garment.
CUT & SEW
CUT & SEW
If we don't stock a style that you're looking for, we can custom make a pattern for you. Celebratee's background in custom cut & sews is extensive. We have excellent local cut & sew resources that enable us to develop and produce totally custom apparel quickly in both small and large quantities. Our strong quality control processes and hands-on approach to servicing clients have earned us a reputation for delivering quality products on time at competitive prices.
Heat transfer involves creating an image in reverse, printing it to high-release paper, and then transferring the image from the paper to a garment using heat and pressure. It’s ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities, including one-off items such as printing names and numbers on athletic uniforms.
Create a customized graphic using professional graphics software. Digital photographs, logos, slogans and other graphics are all suitable for heat transfer. When the design is complete, flip the image horizontally to create a reverse image.
TRANSFER IMAGE PREP:
Once you’ve created your reversed digital image, print it onto transfer paper using heat transfer-compatible ink. Cut away any unprinted portions of the paper to avoid leaving excess transfer film on your garment.
Place your garment on a platen to keep it flat and wrinkle-free during printing. Position the transfer on the garment, then use a heat press machine to apply high temperature (typically 385º F) and pressure to affix the transfer to the fabric. No drying or curing is required, although you should use caution when removing the hot garment from the press.
Heat transfer involves creating an image in reverse, printing it to high-release paper, and then transferring the image from the paper to a garment using heat and pressure. It’s ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities; including one-off items such printing names and numbers on athletic uniforms.