Fairview Heights, IL T-Shirt Printing
Fairview Heights, 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, Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing is the way to go. The sky is the limit for t-shirt printing abilities and uses. To get the best possible design and print, you need a reliable Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing shop with experienced printers and designers. You get that and more with STL Shirt Co.
STL Shirt Co. is the leading screen printing shop serving the Fairview Heights, IL area. We have been providing screen printing and embroidery services to people like you for close to 50 years. For Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing you will love, come to STL Shirt Co. To submit your order or find out more about our services, 636-926-2777 or send a message at 636-299-0162 today.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Place your order.
You know you need to have some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming event, club, athletic team, or some other use. You contact your shop to place the order and the Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you place your shirt order, you will have to determine the:
- What color, brand, style, and material the shirts will be
- Ink type and color(s)
- The design you want printed
“But I’m not a graphic designer,” you exclaim. Not to worry! STL Shirt Co. can give you counsel and support through the entire 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. Our experienced staff can advise you on the best shirt or combination of colors to use for your order.
STEP TWO – We make the screen
Once you decide on a design, we go about 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 team will select the best mesh screen for your order. To the screen, we apply 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. The design on the film blocks the light from reaching the coated screen in the shape of your design, and 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. Screen printing such as t-shirt 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? That’s plastisol for you. It is great because it withstands washes, moves with the fabric material of your shirt, and shows up vibrantly on a shirt of any color.
The screens we made are attached to a printing press, stretching each shirt on a plate below. Our t-shirt printing artists take great care to line everything up precisely so we know that your design will end up in the right place on your t-shirt. We add ink on top of the screen and pass a squeegee from end to end of the screen to smooth and press the ink onto the shirt. This process is repeated for every single t-shirt in your order, and if your design has more than one color, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink precisely so 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! But they aren’t ready to go yet. After the ink is applied, the ink has to cure. This means the ink must be transformed into a solid that will stay in place on your t-shirts. In order 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 easy to damage the shirt or the print with temperatures that are too high. You can rest assured that we have the curing process figured out, so you know your prints will come out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
After the ink is cured, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! We fold them up neatly and hand them off to you. We can have your shirts or other items printed and packaged within only a few days. If you need it, ask us about shipping your order to you. For those last-minute situations when you need your t-shirts printed even faster, use our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
In our humble opinion, Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing is a magical force limited only by your own imagination. We are passionate about screen printing and aren’t ashamed to admit it. Now that you know all about the t-shirt printing process and what we can do, you are probably eager to place an order. If you don’t have an immediate need for t-shirt printing, keep in mind some of the opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is ideal.
We do Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Sports teams
- Team fans
- School groups and organizations
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Swag for businesses and organizations
- Employee shirts
- Union events and organizations
The list goes on! There are a million different occasions that are perfect for t-shirt printing and other garment screen printing. You name it, we have probably printed for it. Whatever the reason you need Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing services, we are here for you.
Choosing a Fairview Heights, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Screen printing custom t-shirts are a fun opportunity that can be effective for many different purposes. But not all t-shirt printing is equal. With printed apparel 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 are rooting for aspiring garment decorators and certainly don’t have anything against printing out of the basement (many great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, as the customer, you will see a distinct disparity in the quality, customer service, and abilities available to you when you choose an accomplished and well-regarded Fairview Heights, 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 Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing gives you access to workers who have trained thoroughly and have proven their ability in what they do. Not only that, but going to a union shop for anything, including t-shirt printing, allows you to support excellent labor conditions and support the local and US economy. For your next Fairview Heights, IL t-shirt printing order, consider choosing a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Fairview Heights, IL’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we love t-shirt printing. Of course, we are a bit biased, but the reality is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other clothing is an excellent and effective method for creating quality custom apparel for your next event. Whether you have been put in charge of organizing a large volunteer event 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.
We have been providing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Fairview Heights, IL area and beyond for close to 50 years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing experts, a fast turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. The next time you need Fairview Heights, 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 begin your t-shirt printing order today.