Here are four of the most common printing techniques used for team wear customization:
Tackle Twill, or applique, is an embroidery method that sews down a pre-cut cloth/twill of any typeface, character, shape, or design to the surface of another material. Look closely at your favorite football, baseball, or softball player’s jersey. These jerseys have most likely been decorated with tackle twill logos, names and numbers. Tackle Twill is one of the most durable customization methods available. In terms of longevity and uniform cost, you can’t beat tackle twill as it’s tough and can last through multiple seasons. Get started today by reaching out to us or calling (415) 383-9072 so our team can start creating your order!
Sublimation is another alternative for team uniforms and custom team wear. It is a great process that allows for vibrant, full color, all-over prints. Plus, any order can be fulfilled quickly even if you only need to order one for a new player!
Sublimation is the process of transferring dye to a fabric using heat. The images and graphics are printed on special paper placed on the garment and heat is applied, allowing the ink to become part of the fabric. The best part is that the numbers, letters and graphics do not peel, wear off, or come out in the wash!
Screen Printing, which is also known as Silk Screening, is a method of printing graphics on apparel using thick inks that lay on top of the material rather than soaking into the shirt. Screen Printing is what most companies use and, back in the day, was the only major way to create bulk amounts of custom apparel. California Team Wear offers Screen Printing, along with DTG (Direct to Garment), because in some cases, it’s better to use Screen Printing over DTG. The quantity you need will determine which technique to use.
DIRECT TO GARMENT
What is DIRECT TO GARMENT (DTG) Printing?
DTG stands for “direct to garment” printing. With DTG, a printer directly applies the ink to the clothing item with inkjet technology. This concept is similar to printing on paper, except that it’s on a t-shirt or sweatshirt. The desired design is printed directly onto the garment, hence direct to garment, with a special printer using water-based inks, which are absorbed by the fibers of the garment. DTG is recommended for quantities under 24 pieces.
Get started today by reaching out to us or calling (415) 383-9072 so our team can start creating your order using any of the printing techniques described above!