Discover Apparel

Learn all about custom imprinted apparel in this section.  Apparel includes most wearable items including t-shirts, hats, and aprons.  There are a variety of printing methods to accommodate one shirt to 10,000 shirts.

Apparel Products:

  • T-Shirts
  • Polos / Sports Shirts
  • Sweatshirts / Fleece
  • Activewear
  • Outerwear
  • Woven/Dress Shirts
  • Workwear
  • Caps / Hats
  • Pants / Shorts
  • Uniforms
    • Sports
    • Scrubs
    • Professional
    • Service Industry
  • Aprons

Print Methods:

The print method used is determined by a few factors including quantity, number of colors in the artwork, personalization, and special effect desired.

  • Screen Printing
    • a mesh screen is used with a squeegee to push ink through the screen onto the item
    • a separate screen is needed for each color and location
    • when printing light ink on a dark shirt an underlay coat is needed
    • minimum quantity is 12 pieces, no maximum
    • most common for use on t-shirts
  • Heat Transfer
    • material is cad-cut and heat applied onto the item
    • professional equipment allows for precise time, temperature, and pressure to ensure proper adhesion to the item
    • allows for resizing artwork to fit adults and infants appropriately
    • no minimum, maximum is 50 pieces
    • most common when small quantities are needed or personalization is desired such as a name and number on the back of a uniform
    • small detail in the design does not work well with this method
    • special effect material available including glitter, foil, flock, glow, reflective, and rhinestones
    • full-color design printed onto material prior to the transfer is available; minimums apply
  • Direct on Garment
    • a special printer is used to print ink directly onto the item
    • best for multi-color and full-color designs
    • no minimum, no maximum (however, for large quantities screen printing is more economical)
  • Sublimation
    • heat is used to transfer dye onto the item, usually a full-color print
    • most common for sports uniforms
  • Embroidery
    • thread is used to stitch the design onto the item
    • no minimum, no maximum
    • the cost for digitizing the artwork and the stitch count affect pricing
    • most common for use on polos, dress shirts, and hats

Set-up Charges and Run Charges:

We use all inclusive pricing for our apparel.  Any set-up charges and run charges will be included in the quoted price.

Fabric:

  • Cotton
    • most common fabric for t-shirts
    • most economical
    • comfortable
    • durable
    • breathable
    • natural
  • Combed Cotton
    • stronger, softer, and smoother than regular cotton
    • combed to eliminate short strands and straighten fibers
  • Ringspun Cotton
    • stronger and softer than regular cotton
    • made using a twisting technique
  • Cotton/Polyester Blend
    • light and comfortable feel from cotton
    • wrinkle resistance and strength from polyester
    • most popular and softest is a combed ringspun cotton / polyester blend
      • most often available in heathered shirts
  • Tri-Blend - Cotton/Polyester/Rayon
    • ultimate in softness
  • Polyester
    • most common for performance / athletic shirts
    • retains original shape well
    • wrinkle resistant
    • quick drying
    • strong
    • synthetic

Fits:

  • Infant / Toddler
    • Newborn to 4T
    • Rabbit Skins brand ensures they are dressed in style
  • Youth
    • Children Size 4 to 20 (XS-XL)
    • Unisex fit
  • Girls
    • Children Size 4 to 20 (XS-XL), fit same range as youth
    • Slim fit designed to be flattering on girls
  • Juniors
    • Ideal for Young Women in the Pre-teen to Teen Range
    • Shirts have a slim fit with short and trim sleeves
    • Adults ordering this fit may want to order one or two sizes larger
  • Young Mens
    • Ideal for Young Men in the Pre-teen to Teen Range
    • Shirts have a slim fit with short and trim sleeves
    • Adults ordering this fit may want to order one or two sizes larger
  • Ladies
    • Contour fit usually with side seams
    • Designed to flatter the female shape
  • Mens / Unisex
    • Standard adult fit
    • Often referred to as unisex fit, as this fit is often ordered for both males and females
  • Retail vs Standard
    • Retail fit is offered by premium brands (Anvil, Next Level, Bella & Canvas, LAT)
    • Standard fit is offered by standard brands (Port & Company, Gildan)
    • Retail fit is a slim, tailored fit.  Standard fit is boxy.
    • Often retail fit shirts have side seams.  Standard fit is usually tubular construction.
  • Adult and Teen Sizes
    • Generally range from XS to 6XL
    • Availability of sizes XS and 3XL-6XL depends on brand, style, fabric, and color
    • Every brand and style fits differently, so it is important to view the item's sizing guide to ensure a good fit