Freeburg, IL T-Shirt Printing
Freeburg, 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, Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing is the way to go. The sky is the limit for t-shirt printing abilities and uses. Make sure to choose your Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with talented print and design team members. You can be confident that STL Shirt Co. has all that and more.
STL Shirt Co. is the leading screen printing shop serving the Freeburg, IL area. We have been meeting your screen printing and embroidery needs for nearly half a century. Enjoy the Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing experience with STL Shirt Co. To begin your order or find out more about our services, call 636-926-2777 or send a message at 636-299-0162 now.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Place your order.
You’ve determined you want some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming occassion, school group, athletic team, or some other use. You place the order and the Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you order your shirts, you will have to determine the:
- Brand, cut, style, material, and color of the shirts
- Ink type and color(s)
- Design to be printed
Don’t sweat it if you are intimidated by the thought of creating a design and making all these choices! STL Shirt Co. is here to offer advice and assurance through every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our professional screen printers and designers are available to help you. If you need help coming up with a killer logo or shirt 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 prepare the screen
Once you decide on a design, we go about preparing the screen that allows us to print the design on your shirts. First, we print the design on a transparent sheet of film. Based on your desired end results, our t-shirt printing experts will select the best mesh screen for your order. We then coat that screen with a substance called emulsion, which is sensitive to light. We place the film with your design on it 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 creates the stencil.
If you want a design using multiple colors, we repeat the process above, making a screen for each color in the design.
STEP THREE – We print.
Now we are ready for the ink. Screen printing such as t-shirt printing typically 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. 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.
The screens we made are attached to a printing press, stretching each shirt on a plate below. We work deliberately to make sure everything is registered and lined 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 across the entire screen to smooth and press the ink onto the shirt. We repeat this for every single t-shirt in your order, and if your design has multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. It takes skill to get 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.
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 we have to turn the ink from a liquid into a solid so it stays on your t-shirts. To do this we introduce the ink to heat. It takes research and trial and error to perfect the curing process. It is possible to damage the shirt or the print when you don’t use the correct temperature or amount of time. We know what we’re doing, though, so you know your prints will turn out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
After the ink is cured, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold the shirts up neatly and hand the finished product off to you. We will package them up and have your shirts or other printed items ready in just a handful of days. If you need it, ask us about shipping your order to you. For those last-minute situations when you need your t-shirts ready in a week or less, use our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, Freeburg, 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 we’ve gotten you thoroughly excited about the idea of screen printing t-shirt, you are likely ready 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 perfect.
Try Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Sports teams
- Sports fans
- School clubs
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Swag for businesses and organizations
- Employee shirts
- Union events and organizations
…And so much more! There are endless activities, groups, and events 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. Whatever the reason you need Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing services, you can trust STL Shirt Co..
Choosing a Freeburg, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Screen printing custom t-shirts are fun, effective, and personalized. But not all t-shirt printing is the same. 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 applaud aspiring garment decorators and certainly have nothing against out-of-the-basement operations (countless great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, you will notice a distinct disparity in the quality, customer service, and abilities available to you when you choose an accomplished and skilled Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
The cherry on top of it all is that we are a union screen printing shop. Going to a union shop for your Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have demonstrated their talent in what they do. On top of that, going to a union shop for anything, including t-shirt printing, allows you to support fair working conditions and participate in the local and US economy. For your next Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing order, choose a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Freeburg, 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 reality is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other items is an amazing and effective way to give you 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, STL Shirt Co.’s t-shirt printing services are ready to help. 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 Freeburg, IL area and beyond for more than 45 years. With a staff of union-member screen printing experts, a exceptional turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. The next time you need Freeburg, IL t-shirt printing, count on STL Shirt Co. Reach 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.