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Total Clothing In House Decoration Processes

All Embroidery, Screen print, Heat seal vinyl and Transfer work is produced in house, giving us total control of the process, and enables us to provide you with the best quality service. There are a number of processes available for the personalisation of garments. The four most common techniques that we apply to garments are

  • Embroidery
  • Printing
  • DTG
  • Semilation

Each of these is covered in more detail below.

Embroidery

There are no restrictions on quantity of colours in a design, price varies with numbers of stitches required. Roughly 5,000 stitches is a general left chest-sized logo, but send your logo to us if you are after a more accurate quotation so we can assess the stitch-count.
File Required: .jpg file of your artwork.
Looks great on… the left chest or sleeves of polo shirts and formal shirts

Embroidery Proofing

We will provide you with a stitched sample of your logo onto a piece of material so you can see what it will look like before we embroider your garments. This is to make sure you are happy with the size, shape and colours.
If you prefer we can send you a pdf file of the logo in a stitched format which is what we would do if we had to meet a tight deadline.

Total Clothing Embroidered and Printed Clothing coloured embroidery machine
Total Clothing Embroidered and Printed Clothing coloured embroidery on garment

Screen Printing Capabilities

Up to 4 spot colours (no shading or fading of colours) in a design. Prices vary depending on quantity of colours and quantity of garments.
File Required: .eps (Vector) file of your artwork in order to separate the colours.
Looks great on…T-shirts large across the chest and/or back

Screen Printing Proofing

Logo samples for print are sent as a pdf for you to check design, colours, size and wording. They are not sampled onto actual garments as the screens are made up once you have approved your logo.

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Sublimation

Why Sublimation Is Better Than Other Systems

The advantage of sublimation printing is that the results are permanent. The transferred images are not on the surface of the substrate – they become part of the substrate itself.

Important Some Garments Cannot Be Sublimation Printed

It is possible to sublimation print a cotton fabric but the image will wash out within a few washes, it will not be a permanent image in the way that it is on a ‘man made’ fabric.

Items that have a polyester/polymer coating but are unable to withstand the temperatures required for dye sublimation printing.

The Sublimation Printing Process

Sublimation printing is the application of sublimation inks onto a surface using a heat press to provide the required combination of heat, time and pressure. This combination causes the inks to be converted from a solid to a gaseous state enabling them to penetrate the sublimatable surface so that a permanent, full colour image is formed. The colour penetrates the surface of the item so that the result is colourful, long lasting and resistant to scratching unlike some other printing methods that merely print onto the surface of the item.

Dye sublimation printing is always done on a polyester, polymer, or polymer coated item. At high temperatures, the solid dye converts into a gas without ever becoming a liquid. The same high temperature opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state. It has now become a part of the polymer.

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