When customizing uniforms or workwear, there are many crafts to choose from, and each printing craft has its suitable scenes and the pros, and cons. The right way to choose the right craft when making apparel is to choose the right craft by the fabric of the apparel, the complexity of the pattern, and the color of the pattern. Here, we will introduce the cons and pros of 5 common crafts in apparel for people to refer to. So, are you ready to dive into the funny part?
1. Screen Printing
Screen printing, also called silk screen printing, is a craft that uses silk screen to print the pattern on the apparel by using the silk screen pattern part to print ink, and the non-pattern part won’t print ink. This is the theory of screen printing.
Screen printing can be applied to the surface of various materials and its features are large patterns, bright colors, and clear layering. What’s more, screen printing does not have the feel of gumminess obviously, like other printing. At the same time, screen printing is also resistant to water, sunlight, washing, and more.
The shortcoming of screen printing is that it cannot be applied to complex patterns, such as gradient patterns, coloring patterns, tie-dye patterns, etc. In general, screen printing is not suitable for patterns that have more than 6 kinds of colors, and the process is quite long. Screen printing has 3 steps: publishing, printing, and drying, and the whole process takes 3 to 5 days.
2. Heat Sublimation
Heat sublimation is a pattern transfer technique in which the pattern on the paper is transferred to the garment by high temperature. The pattern penetrates the garment through the high temperature.
In this way, the pattern is clear and without a gummy feel, and the feel is quite good. What’s more, heat sublimation has no pattern limitations, and it’s washable and won’t fade.
The downside of heat sublimation is that it’s picky about fabrics, pure cotton and dark-colored apparel can’t do this craft. Acceptable fabrics are quick-drying fabrics, modal, imitation cotton, etc. The process of heat sublimation is short, about 1 to 2 days.
3. Heat Transfer
Heat transfer is a craft that uses a heat transfer machine to print patterns on clothing. First, print the pattern on PET film, which is painted with a release agent, after drying, this film with a pattern through high temperature and high-pressure ironing on the clothes, or on the surface of other fabrics, leaving the pattern, tearing off the waste film to complete the process of hot stamping, this way is called “heat transfer”, also known as “thermal transfer heat transfer.
All clothes and patterns can use this craft, what’s more, heat transfer can print high-clarity and accuracy colorful and layering, fine-colored patterns, such as people, photos, and 3D game images. The final patterns are super close to the designable draft, there is a slight color difference, and the color is bright.
The defect of heat transfer is that the cost is quite high and the place of the pattern is with a sense of gumminess. In addition, the pattern is not breathable, which affects the breathability of clothing. The process takes 1-2 days.
Today, most embroidery for clothing is machine embroidery. Embroidery is a craft that uses an embroidery machine to embroider patterns on clothes. In general, most clothes can be embroidered on the surface, but if the clothes are too thin, it’s not recommended to embroider on the surface because it may cause deformation. Such as the embroidery cuff beanie from Aungwinter.
The stability of the embroidery is very durable, and the embroidered patterns are in perfect harmony, with a great stereo effect.
However, the cost of embroidery is high, and there are many limitations for embroidery, and the process takes more time, about 4 to 5 days in general. In addition, complex patterns such as gradient patterns, inking patterns, tie-dye patterns, etc. cannot be embroidered.
Direct-to-garment, also known as DTG, is a craft that uses a digital printing machine to print patterns on clothing. DTG can print your patterns on any fabric by setting up the image on the computer, then placing the order and the printing machine prints the image immediately. DTG uses inkjet printing directly, and pigments are molded into the fabric, breaking the general screen-printing color sets and mutant color printing limitations, any image can be aborted production printing.
The particles of ink for DTG are quite fine and can reach the nanoscale, so it’s straightforward to penetrate fabric space, which is stable and does not affect the softness and comfort of fabrics. Therefore, DTG can print patterns on the surfaces of different fabrics and the best touch is to use on T-shirts. The speed of DTG is fast. DTG printing patterns have a good printing effect and are washing-resistant. Also, highly flexible and changeable at the same time, which is suitable for small bulk orders, personalized custom uniforms, etc.
However, the cost is relatively high and the pattern is not as exquisite and fine as heat transfer. In addition, if the garments aren’t white, a layer of white pigment must be sprayed on, which may affect the feel a bit, and the process takes 2 to 4 days.
In the End
All these crafts are the 5 common crafts for printing patterns, so when you customize your garments, please refer to the crafts above. Hope all these can help you have a better understanding when choosing a logo craft.