Maplewood, MO T-Shirt Printing
Maplewood, MO 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. Maplewood, MO 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. Make sure to choose your Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing shop carefully – one 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 Maplewood, MO area. We have been providing screen printing and embroidery services to people like you for close to 50 years. Enjoy the Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing experience with STL Shirt Co. To place your order or ask us questions about our services, give us a call at 636-926-2777 or message us at 636-299-0162 right away.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Make your order.
You know you need to have some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming event, club, sports team, or something else. You contact your shop to place the order and the Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you order your shirts, you will have to determine the:
- What color, brand, style, and material the shirts will be
- Ink colors or special effects
- The design you want printed
If this already feels overwhelming, don’t fret! STL Shirt Co. is here to offer counsel and help during 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, 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
After you decide on a 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 team will select the best mesh screen for your order. The screen is coated with a photo-sensitive substance called emulsion. 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 creates 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.
Then, it is time to add the ink. Screen printing such as t-shirt 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 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 are very careful 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 use a squeegee from end to end of the screen to apply and press the ink onto the shirt. This process is repeated for every single t-shirt we print. For designs with more than one color, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink just right to where it stays vibrant 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. The ink goes on as a thick liquid, but in order to stay on the shirt, it has to be cured. In other words, we have to turn the liquid ink into a solid so it becomes permanent on your t-shirts. In order to make this happen we introduce the ink to heat. Ink curing is a science, and it’s easy to damage the shirt or the print if you use the wrong temperature or cure it for the wrong length of time. 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!
Once the ink is cured, your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold them up neatly 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. 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, check out our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
In our humble opinion, Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing is a magical force limited only by your own imagination. What can we say — we’re passionate about what we do. 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 the following reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is ideal.
We do Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing for…
- Sports teams
- Team fans
- School groups and organizations
- Event and organization volunteers
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Swag for businesses and organizations
- Work uniforms
- Union events and organizations
…And so much more! There are endless 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. No matter what Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing services you need, we are here for you.
Choosing a Maplewood, MO 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, 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 applaud aspiring printers and certainly have nothing against out-of-the-basement operations (countless great screen printing shops began there!). Still, as the customer, you will see a obvious disparity in the quality, customer service, and abilities you have access to when you choose an established and skilled Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
The cherry on top of it all is that we are a union screen printing shop. Having your Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing done by a union shop means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have demonstrated their talent 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 participate in the local and US economy. For your next Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing order, choose a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Maplewood, MO’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we love t-shirt printing. You may think us a bit biased, but the fact is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other garments is an excellent and effective way to give you quality custom apparel for your next event. 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. 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.
STL Shirt Co. has been performing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Maplewood, MO area and beyond for close to 50 years. With a staff of union-member screen printing technicians, a quick turnaround time, and professional design services, we have the best t-shirt printing services around. The next time you need Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing, we are your partner. Speak to 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.