Bond County, IL T-Shirt Printing
Bond County, IL T-Shirt Printing. When you have a group trip, work event, or fundraising endeavor to organize, custom screen printed t-shirts are a fun and effective tool. Whether you are looking for creative marketing solutions, are looking to build team camaraderie, or just want to commemorate a sentimental occasion, Bond County, IL t-shirt printing is the way to go. When it comes to t-shirt printing, the options are virtually limitless. To get the best possible design and print, you need a reliable Bond County, IL t-shirt printing shop with talented printers and designers. You get that and more with STL Shirt Co.
STL Shirt Co. leads the pack for Bond County, IL screen printers. For more than 45 years, we have been the community leader for all your screen printing and embroidery needs. You will always experience the best Bond County, IL t-shirt printing experience at STL Shirt Co. To submit your order or ask us questions about our services, give us a call at 636-926-2777 or message us at 636-299-0162 today.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Place your order.
You’ve decided you need some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming occassion, school group, athletic team, or some other use. You place the order and the Bond County, IL t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you order your shirts, you will have to choose and specify the:
- What color, brand, style, and material the shirts will be
- Ink type and color(s)
- Design to be printed
! STL Shirt Co. will offer advice and support through every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our expert screen printing artists and designers are at your disposal. For assistance in creating the perfect logo or design work with our professional design team. If you want to know which shirt or colors will work best for your needs, we can help with that too.
STEP TWO – We create the screen
After you have created your design, we get to work on making the screen that allows us to get your design printed on your shirts. The design is first printed on a transparent sheet of film. Depending on the specifics of your order, our t-shirt printing experts will select the best mesh screen for your order. To the screen, we apply a substance called emulsion, which is sensitive to light. We place the film with your design on it on the screen and the screen is exposed to light. The design on the film blocks the light from reaching the coated screen in the shape of your design, but the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This creates the stencil.
For designs with more than one color ink, we go through the same process for for each color in the design.
STEP THREE – We print.
Now we are ready for the ink. T-shirt printing and other screen printing usually uses a special ink called plastisol. You might have noticed that the prints on shirts are slightly textured, a little rubbery, but still smooth and flexible. What you are feeling is the plastisol ink. It is great due to its ability to withstand p washes, move with the flexibility of the fabric, and display vibrantly on a shirt of any color.
The screens we made are attached to a printing press, and each shirt is placed on a plate below. We work deliberately to line everything up precisely so that your design is oriented correctly on your t-shirt. We apply ink on top of the screen and pull a squeegee from end to end of the screen to smooth and press the ink onto the shirt. We repeat this for every single t-shirt in your order. For designs with multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink just right to where it shows up nicely and keeps the sharp lines from your original design. Lucky for you, our t-shirt printing team has mad skills.
STEP FOUR – The ink cures.
Now your awesome design is on your shirts! We aren’t quite done, though. The ink goes on as a thick liquid, but in order to stay on the shirt, it has to be cured. This means we have to turn the liquid ink into a solid that will stay in place on your t-shirts. To make this happen we have to apply heat to the ink. Ink curing is a science, and it’s possible to damage the shirt or the print if you use the wrong temperature or cure it for the wrong length of time. We know what we’re doing, though, so you know your prints will come out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
Once the ink is cured, your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold the shirts up nicely and hand them off to you. We can have your shirts or other items printed and packaged within just a few days. If you need it, ask us about shipping your order to you. If you find your self in a tight spot and need your t-shirts ready in a week or less, use our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, Bond County, IL t-shirt printing is a magical force limited only by your own imagination. We love what we do and won’t apologize for it. Now that you know all about the t-shirt printing process and what we can do, we bet you can’t wait to place an order. If you don’t have an immediate need for t-shirt printing, think about the following opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is popular.
Try Bond County, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Sports teams
- Sports fans
- School groups and organizations
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Non profit and small business merchandise
- Employee shirts
- Union events and organizations
The list goes on! There are a million different activities, groups, and events that t-shirt printing and other screen printing can make even better. You would be hard-pressed to come up with a reason that we haven’t printed shirts. Whatever the reason you need Bond County, IL t-shirt printing services, you can count on us.
Choosing a Bond County, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Custom screen printed t-shirts are a fun opportunity that can be effective for many different purposes. But not all t-shirt printing is the same. When you are looking for printed garments or any screen printed items, the difference between what an established and respected printing shop can do and what school children ironing on decals in their basement can do is immense. We applaud aspiring printers and certainly don’t have anything against printing out of the basement (countless great screen printing shops began there!). Still, you will notice a distinct difference in the quality, customer service, and capabilities you have access to when you work with an accomplished and well-regarded Bond County, IL t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Having your Bond County, IL t-shirt printing done by a union shop gives you access to workers who have trained thoroughly and have proven their skill in what they do. Not only that, but going to a union shop for anything, including t-shirt printing, allows you to support excellent working conditions and support the local and US economy. For your next Bond County, IL t-shirt printing order, consider choosing a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Bond County, IL’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we are all about t-shirt printing. Of course, we are a bit biased, but the objective truth is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other surfaces is an amazing and powerful method for creating quality custom apparel for your next event. Whether you have been put in charge of organizing a large volunteer event or a group or organization you are a part of needs new swag, you can count on STL Shirt Co.’s t-shirt printing services. You deserve and expect top quality and great customer service when you order t-shirts. With STL Shirt Co., that is what you get.
STL Shirt Co. has been providing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Bond County, IL area and beyond for almost fifty years. With a staff of union-member screen printing specialists, a quick turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. Whenever you need Bond County, IL t-shirt printing, STL Shirt Co. will deliver. Call us today at 636-926-2777, text us at 636-299-0162, or request a quote online to get started on your t-shirt printing order today.