Glen Carbon, IL T-Shirt Printing
Glen Carbon, IL T-Shirt Printing. You don’t need an excuse to get great custom printed t-shirts made – you could have a company event coming up, a family vacation planned, or might just want some for fun. Whether your goal is to fundraise for a nonprofit, appear professional with uniform apparel, or celebrate someone’s special day, you can count on Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing orders. When it comes to t-shirt printing, the options are virtually limitless. Make sure to choose your Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with talented printers and designers. You know that with STL Shirt Co., you are receiving great care from the top professionals.
STL Shirt Co. leads the pack for Glen Carbon, IL screen printers. For more than 45 years, we have been the community leader for all your screen printing and embroidery needs. For Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing you will love, come to STL Shirt Co. To start your order or ask us questions about our services, call us at 636-926-2777 or send us a text at 636-299-0162 today.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Make your order.
You’ve determined you need some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming occassion, club, athletic team, or something else. You contact your shop to place the order and that is where the Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing journey begins. When you place your shirt order, you will have to decide on the:
- What color, brand, style, and material the shirts will be
- Ink type and color(s)
- What design will be printed
! STL Shirt Co. will offer counsel and assurance through the entire t-shirt printing process. Our expert screen printing artists and designers are at your disposal. If you need help coming up with a killer logo or shirt design, rely on 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 determine 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. We then coat that screen with a photo-sensitive substance called emulsion. We place the film with your design on it on the screen and the screen is exposed 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 your design involves multiple ink colors, we go through the same process for for each color in the design.
STEP THREE – We print.
This is where the ink comes in. 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. Plastisol is ideal for screen printing because it withstands washes, moves with the fabric material of your shirt, and shows up vibrantly on a shirt of any color.
Next, we mount the prepared screens to a printing press, with each shirt pulled taut and placed on a plate below. We work deliberately 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 use a squeegee across the entire screen to apply and press the ink onto the shirt. We repeat this for every single t-shirt we print. For designs with multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink precisely to where it looks bright and keeps the sharp lines in the 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. Once the ink is applied as a viscous liquid, it must be cured. This means we have to turn the liquid ink into a solid so it becomes permanent on your t-shirts. To make this happen 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 with temperatures that are too high. We know what we’re doing, though, so you know your prints will turn out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
Once the ink is cured, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold them up neatly and pass them off to you. We will package them up and have your shirts or other printed items ready in just a few days. Ask us about having your order shipped to you. For those last-minute situations when you need your t-shirts printed even faster, check out our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
In our humble opinion, [t-shirt printing is a magical, beautiful thing. 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, you are likely ready to place an order. If you don’t have an immediate need for t-shirt printing, keep in mind the following opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is ideal.
Try Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic teams
- Sports fans
- School groups and organizations
- Event and organization volunteers
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Non profit and small business merchandise
- Work shirts
- Union events and organizations
…And so much more! 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 Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing services, you can trust STL Shirt Co..
Choosing a Glen Carbon, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Screen printing custom t-shirts are fun, effective, and personalized. However, not all t-shirt printing is the same. When you are looking for printed garments or any screen printed items, there is a huge difference between the work of a top printing shop and a school group applying iron-on’s in the basement. We cheer on aspiring printers and certainly don’t have anything against printing out of the basement (many great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, you will see a distinct disparity in the quality, customer service, and capabilities available to you when you choose an accomplished and skilled Glen Carbon, 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 Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have proven their ability in what they do. Not only that, but going to a union shop for t-shirt printing or anything else is a way for you to endorse excellent labor conditions and support the local and US economy. The next time you have a Glen Carbon, IL t-shirt printing order, consider choosing a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Glen Carbon, 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 objective truth is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other garments is a reliable and efficient way to give you 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, STL Shirt Co.’s t-shirt printing services are ready to help. When you need t-shirts printed for a special occasion, you expect great quality and helpful service. With STL Shirt Co., that is what you get.
We have been performing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Glen Carbon, IL area and beyond for close to 50 years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing specialists, a exceptional turnaround time, and professional design services, we have the best t-shirt printing services around. Any time you need Glen Carbon, 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 get started on your t-shirt printing order today.