Sublimation

You may have heard the term ‘sublimation’ going around lately. Some apparel decorators call it dye-sub, or dye sublimation printing, but no matter what you call it, sublimation printing is a versatile, digital printing method that opens up a world of opportunities to any consumer of decorated goods.

So, what is sublimation? Well, simply put, sublimation is a process by which sublimation dyes are printed onto a transfer medium with a specially prepared inkjet printer. Thereafter, those dyes are then transferred from the medium to an object or garment under the heat and pressure delivered by a commercial heat press. Sublimation only works on garments made of polyester, or on specialty objects made of polyester or given a polyester coating. When the heat and pressure are applied, the dye on the transfer medium sublimates, or becomes a gas, and is then absorbed into the polyester itself; the print is actually a part of the garment/coating. It doesn’t fade easily, wear, or have any texture or weight.

So, what does all of this mean to you, our customer? There are many benefits to the process:

1. Full color on small runs. Unlike screen printing, there is no need for separate screens, films, or a great deal of setup for sublimation. Though you may well need to have us refine your art, the process thereafter is straightforward, and on smaller orders may prove less expensive overall than screen printing.
2. Less need for minimum orders. We are more likely to be able to accommodate a smaller order or re-order when you sublimate, due to the reduced amount of setup needed to print your item.
3. Individual customization. Though art charges may apply for this level of customization, seeing as each garment is printed from it’s own transfer rather than en masse on the same set of screens, this method makes it much easier to add individual customization to each printed item.
4. Lighter hand. The nature of sublimation means that prints are never heavy or thick. The garment is unchanged by the process, save for the addition of your art.
5. Durability. There is no cracking or peeling in a sublimated print, they last as long as the garment.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is arguably the most versatile of all printing processes. We use it to print on a wide variety of substrates, including cotton, nylon, polyester, paper, plastics, and metals. Our most common use for screen printing is on T-shirts, Jerseys, Towels, and Bags. The price of cotton fluctuates all year long, therefore here at Classic we individualize each quote in order to give you the best price possible at any given time. Pricing for screen printing is dependent on a few key factors:

• Quantity of items
• Number of colors in the design
• Type and Color of substrate

Printing Process:

 

Here at Midland Clothing we have the capability to print up to 6 spot colors in one design.  Many times we can reduce the number of colors in a complex design using halftones. This process in turn saves our customers money. If designs require more than 6 colors we use a process referred to as 4-color process.  This process includes 4 screens made up of the CMYKcolor model. CMYK refers to the four inks used: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black). With CMYK printing, halftones allow for a full continuous range of colors to be produced. 

Embroidery

Embroidery is a great way to to make your designs really stand out in a 3 dimensional way. Embroidery can be used on many different items, and in many different ways. Our most common uses are on polos, hats, denim, and leather to name a few.
Embroidery is a very involved process, therefore the pricing can vary immensely from project to project. As always Classic will do the best we can to keep costs down for our customers. Pricing heavily depends on these few factors:

• Quantity of items
• Number of stitches in the embroidery file.
• Size and shape of the item.

 

Embroidery Process:

The custom embroidery process begins with an idea or a piece of artwork. That artwork then has to be "digitized" which is the specialized process of converting 2 dimensional artwork into stitches or thread. We cannot take a particular format of art such as a jpeg, tif, eps, bmp, and convert it to an embroidery file. The digitizer has to actually recreate the artwork using stitches. Also, because embroidery is in a sense 3 dimensional, some exciting effects can be included to "spruce up" a normally flat piece of artwork.
Once the artwork has been digitized, it is then ready to be put into production. Specific thread colors must be loaded by hand into the machines. The garments must then be "hooped" individually, again by hand, and then loaded into the machine. Once the design has completed sewing, it is sent to the next step in the production process.
In the finishing process, the garments are inspected for quality, individually trimmed of excess backing material and excess threads, then folded and packaged ready for delivery to the end user.