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Embroidery:
 
This is the art of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread. This art dates back to the 5th century bc in china, and although it is ancient art it has changed very little. Nowadays the modern world uses computerized machines and has developed many different types of thread, and stabilizer backing.
Embroidery is utilized by everyone - from major companies and small businesses who want to give their employee uniforms a unique edge, to individuals  just looking to add a personalized touch, and as unique, personalized gifts for friends and family.
 
DTG (Direct To Garment):
 
This is the process of printing on garments and textiles using special modified ink. The ink is applied dierectly onto the fabric which is then absorbed by the fibers of the garment.
This results in an exeptionally soft hand. (Note: "Hand" is a term referring to how a garment feels once the image or design has been printed on it). Usually printed on light colored T-shirts.
Print colors and shades are unlimited.
 
Screen Printing:
 
This is a process that involves pushing ink though a woven mesh stencil onto fabric. The stencil - or screen -  opening creates the space through which the ink will go through, to create the design. The ink is then pulled by a squeege, pushing the ink the mesh onto the garment.
With screen printing, only one color can be applied at a time. Therefore the amount of colors on a shirt is limited, and each layer demands more time, another special screen
and ultimately more money.
 
Sublimation: Dye-Sublimation printing:
 
This is a digital technology using full color artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. Also refered as digital sublimation, this process is used to decorate signs banners and novelty items such as plaques, coffe mugs with sublimation friendly surfaces. This process uses the science of sublimation, in wich heat and pressure are applied to a garment or a solid, turning the ink into a gas by-passing the liquid phase. The result is the fibers in the garment change color allowing for an exceptional feel.
 
Heat Printing:
 
This is the process of applying heat applied materials to various items with an industrial heat press and pressure.  Heat applied materials contain a heat sensitive adhesive on one side:when heat is applied to the material, the material adhears to the substrate to which it is being applied. The result is a high quality decorated garment. Included in this process is vinyl, rhinestones (bling) and heat transfers.
 
Heat Transfer Printing:
 
A means of transferring a design to a substrate using an intermediate step: In heat transfer printing, a design is silk screened in reverse on a special release paper using platisol based ink. The printed image is then placed against the desired substrate (eg: a t-shirt) and subjected to high temperature (commonly 375 degrees+) and high pressure usually (60lbs) for a short period of time. Once the pressure is released, the paper is peeled away and the image will have been transferred to the subtrate.  Similar to screen printing however the durablity is better given the ink has been sealed in with direct heat and pressure.
 
Vinyl:
 
Vinyl printing, or cad cut, involves a computer-controlled blade which digitally cuts the designs out of vinyl.
Vinyl is cut to produce a design which is then heat applied to the garment it is generally limited to a one colour print.
Although several different colors can be stacked or combined to give you a multiple color design.  The artwork is required in a vector format which is produced in a software package i.e. Adobe illustrator or corel draw, this artwork format produces the design in lines
as opposed to pixels as in a jpg image. The Artwork is then sent to the vinyl cutter (there are several different sizes of vinyl cutters) which is like a large printer but instead of using ink it uses a blade to cut the design,  Although there are also vinyl cutters that will do both print and cut.
Once the image has been etched into the vinyl, the vinyl is then removed from the vinyl cutter. The excess vinyl surrounding the image can be weeded (termed used in the industry meaning; Removing excess vinyl) Once the excess vinyl is removed you are left with your design. 
If the design is print and cut the Vinyl cutter will first print the image and then go back and cut the design.
The design is now ready to be applied using a commercial heat press, the pressure and heat applied depends on the type of garment used. Once the proper heat and time is applied the carried is removed and the design is permanently bonded to the garment 
giving you a lasting print that is soft to the feel.
 
Rhinestones:
 
A process of producing designs using a  template and specialty stones. The templates can be customized for many different designs, such as lettering, numbers, names.
custom logos, shapes, and many other designs. Generally Rhinestones are perfect for cheerleading, brides to be, ladies groups, sororities, Mother's day, and other events requiring bling to bring out a design.
The cost of a Rhinestone design is based on the size of the stones and the quantity needed to complete the design, and the quantity of T-Shirts required.
Email us your design for a formal quote.
 
 Please call us or email your design, and we can recomend the best printing method for your project.
 

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Dye Sublimation

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Rhinestones (Bling)

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Custom Designs:

When it comes to custom designs, we can print your ideas or designs on a shirt or any variety of items..many designs can also be converted to stitches for embroidery onto a variety of garments (jackets, polos, bags etc.)
 
File formats: although .eps and .cdr files are ideal, we can work with most file formats.  Occasionally artwork fees  will be incurred in order to turn customer provided files into a printable/useable version. Any artwork fees
would be discussed with the customer prior to beginning project.
 
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