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Decoration Explained

Screen Printing

Embroidery

Heat Seal

Screen printing is often used in volume production runs of the same design, as it can be faster to produce than heat seal decoration.

Multiple colours can be used in screen printing, but more often than not most garments are printed with single or two colours.

Once printed, garments are dryed using a heat lamp to ensure that ink doesn't run or wash out.

Due to screen set-costs, screen printing is only available for 20+ items of the same design.

Screen printing works well on hi-vis waistcoats, backs of T shirts and hoodies.

Embroidered garments are incredibly effective at promoting your brand. Complex crests and logos can be reproduced in a durable format that is securely attached to the garment. 

Backing fabric is used in embroidery to ensure the stitching positions correctly on the garment. A metal hoop is used to keep the garment steady during the embroidery process. Occasionally, the hoop leaves a mark on the garment, but this is easily washed or rubbed out.

Embroidery works particularly well on the front of polo shirts, hoodies, fleeces, shirts and blouses. We also stitch onto caps, tabbards, aprons and jackets.

It is unusual to find large embroidery on the back of garments, partly due to the cost of embroidery but also as the backing fabric and stitching maybe itchy when worn.

Heat Seal or transfer is commonly used on sportswear or hi-vis products. 

Multiple colour designs can be produced onto vinyl that is auto-cut by machine before being heat-sealed to a garment. Once sealed, the garment is OK to be washed as normal. 

Heat Seal is often utilised in conjunction with embroidery processes, with embroidery to the front and heat-seal to the back.

We would also recomend using heal seal, instead of embroidery, where the garment is particularly stretchy as it may tug too much to be stitched effectively.

Heat seal doesn't adhere well and isn;t recommended for wool and fleece garments

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