Effingham, IL T-Shirt Printing
Effingham, 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. Effingham, IL t-shirt printing is meant for everything from marketing a brand to enhancing team-building efforts to having some fun with a life event. The sky is the limit for t-shirt printing abilities and uses. To get the best possible design and print, you need a reliable Effingham, IL t-shirt printing shop with experienced print and design team members. You know that with STL Shirt Co., you are receiving great care from the top professionals.
STL Shirt Co. leads the pack for Effingham, IL screen printers. We have been meeting your screen printing and embroidery needs for nearly half a century. You will always experience the best Effingham, IL t-shirt printing experience at STL Shirt Co. To place your order or to speak to us about our capabilities, call us at 636-926-2777 or send a text at 636-299-0162 today.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Make your order.
You’ve determined you want to have some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming occassion, club, sports team, or something else. You contact your shop to place the order and the Effingham, IL t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you place your shirt order, you will have to choose and specify the:
- Shirt brand, style, material, and color
- Ink type and color(s)
- The design you want printed
If this already feels overwhelming, don’t fret! STL Shirt Co. will offer guidance and assurance through every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our professional screen printers and designers are available to help you. For assistance in creating the perfect logo or design rely on 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 preparing the screen that will be used to get your design printed on your shirts. First, we print the design on a transparent sheet of film. Based on your unique parameters, our t-shirt printing team will select the best mesh screen to use in printing your shirts. The screen is coated with a substance called emulsion, which is sensitive to light. That film we printed your design on is placed on the screen and we expose the screen to light. Light is blocked from reaching the screen wherever the design is on the film but the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This produces the stencil.
If your design involves multiple ink colors, we repeat the process above, making a screen for each color in the design.
STEP THREE – We print.
This is where the ink comes in. T-shirt printing and other screen printing typically uses a special ink called plastisol. Have you ever noticed how, on a printed shirt, you can feel the texture of the design, but it is still soft and flexible? What you are feeling is the plastisol ink. Plastisol is ideal for screen printing due to its ability to withstand p washes, move with the flexibility of the fabric, and display vibrantly on any color t-shirt.
We then secure the screens to a printing press, stretching each shirt on a plate below. We are very careful to line everything up exactly so to make sure the design is printed in the right position on your t-shirt. We add ink on top of the screen and pass a squeegee from end to end of the screen to apply and press the ink onto the shirt. We repeat this for every single t-shirt in your order. For designs with several colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. It takes skill to get the ink precisely to where it looks bright and retains the sharp lines from your original design. Lucky for you, our t-shirt printing team has mad skills.
STEP FOUR – The ink cures.
The ink is now on your shirts! We aren’t quite done, though. After the ink is applied, the ink has to cure. In other words, we have to turn the liquid ink into a solid so it stays on your t-shirts. To make this happen we have to apply heat to the ink. It takes research and trial and error to perfect the curing process. It is possible to damage the shirt or the print with temperatures that are too high. 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, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! We fold the shirts up nicely and pass the finished product off to you. We will package them up and have your shirts or other printed items ready in only a few days. Ask us about having your order shipped to you. If you find your self in a tight spot and need your t-shirts printed even faster, check out our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, [t-shirt printing is a magical, beautiful thing. We are passionate about screen printing and aren’t ashamed to admit it. Now that you’ve heard all about the t-shirt printing journey, we bet you can’t wait to place an order. If you like the idea of t-shirt printing but don’t have a specific need for it, keep in mind some of the reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is popular.
We do Effingham, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic teams
- Team fans
- School groups and organizations
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Non profit and small business merchandise
- Employee uniforms
- Union events and organizations
…And so much more! There are endless occasions that are perfect for t-shirt printing and other garment screen printing. You would be hard-pressed to come up with a reason that we haven’t printed shirts. No matter what Effingham, IL t-shirt printing services you need, you can count on us.
Choosing a Effingham, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Custom screen printed t-shirts are fun, effective, and personalized. However, not all t-shirt printing is equal. When you are looking for printed garments or any screen printed products, 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 cheer on aspiring garment decorators and certainly have nothing against printing out of the basement (many great screen printing shops began there!). Still, you will experience a obvious difference in the quality, customer service, and abilities you have access to when you choose an established and well-regarded Effingham, IL t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Going to a union shop for your Effingham, IL t-shirt printing means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have proven their skill in what they do. On top of that, shopping at a union shop for t-shirt printing or anything else allows you to support excellent working conditions and participate in the local and US economy. The next time you have a Effingham, IL t-shirt printing order, make the choice to support a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Effingham, IL’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we love t-shirt printing. You may think us a bit biased, but the objective truth is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other garments is an amazing and powerful method for creating quality custom apparel for your next event. Whatever the reason, whether you have a school sports team in need of cotton jerseys for the upcoming season or you have a last-minute bachelorette party to plan, 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 performing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Effingham, IL area and beyond for over 45 years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing specialists, a rapid turnaround time, and professional design services, we have the best t-shirt printing services around. Any time you need Effingham, IL t-shirt printing, we are here for you. Reach us today at 636-926-2777, text us at 636-299-0162, or request a quote online to place your t-shirt printing order today.