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T-Shirt Printing Belleville, IL

T-Shirt Printing Belleville, IL. 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. Belleville, 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. Make sure to choose your t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with experienced print and design team members who serve the Belleville, IL area. You can be confident that STL Shirt Co. has all that and more.

STL Shirt Co. leads the pack for screen printers serving Belleville, IL. For more than 45 years, we have been the community leader for all your screen printing and embroidery needs. You will always experience the best Belleville, IL t-shirt printing experience at STL Shirt Co. To submit your order or to speak to us about our capabilities, 636-926-2777 or send a message at 636-299-0162 today.

The T-Shirt Printing Process

STEP ONE – Make your order.

You’ve decided you want some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming occassion, club, athletic team, or some other use. You contact your shop to place the order and the Belleville, IL t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you order your shirts, you will have to decide on the:

  • Shirt brand, style, material, and color
  • Ink type and color(s)
  • What design will 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 counsel 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 determine your design, we go about preparing the screen that allows us to get your design printed on your shirts. The design is first printed on a transparent sheet of film. Based on your desired end results, our t-shirt printing staff 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. 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.

Now we are ready for the ink. Screen printing such as t-shirt printing usually 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 works well 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.

Next, we mount the prepared screens to a printing press, stretching each shirt on a plate below. Our t-shirt printing artists take great care to line everything up exactly so that your design is oriented correctly on your t-shirt. We add ink onto the screen and use 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, and if your design has several colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. It takes skill to get the ink precisely to where it stays vibrant and retains 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. The ink goes on as a thick liquid, but in order to stay on the shirt, it has to be cured. This means the ink must be transformed into a solid that will stay in place on your t-shirts. To make this happen we have to apply heat to the ink. Ink curing is a science, and it’s 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, 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. Ask us about having your order shipped to you. If you find your self in a tight spot and need your t-shirts ready in a week or less, we even offer rush printing services.

T-Shirt Printing Orders

If you ask us, there is no debating the magic and possibility of the art of Belleville, IL t-shirt printing promises. 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 likely ready to place an order. If you don’t have an immediate need for t-shirt printing, think about some of the opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is ideal.

We do Belleville, IL t-shirt printing for…

  • Sports teams
  • Team fans
  • School clubs
  • Fundraising
  • Event and organization volunteers
  • Bachelor & bachelorette parties
  • Corporate events
  • Class reunions
  • Family vacations
  • Company picnics
  • Birthdays
  • Clubs
  • Non profit and small business merchandise
  • Employee uniforms
  • 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 would be hard-pressed to come up with a reason that we haven’t printed shirts. Whatever the reason you need Belleville, IL t-shirt printing services, you can count on us.

Choosing a Partner for Belleville, IL T-Shirt Printing

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 cheer on aspiring garment decorators and certainly don’t have anything against out-of-the-basement operations (countless great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, as the customer, you will notice a definite disparity in the quality, customer service, and abilities available to you when you work with an accomplished and well-regarded t-shirt printing company for the Belleville, IL area like STL Shirt Co.

To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Having your Belleville, IL t-shirt printing done by a union shop gives you access to workers who have trained thoroughly and have proven their talent in what they do. Not only that, but shopping at a union shop for anything, including t-shirt printing, allows you to support fair working conditions and support the local and US economy. The next time you have a Belleville, IL t-shirt printing order, make the choice to support a union print shop.

Screen Printing
24 Shirts$12.00 per item
120 Shirts$6.50 per item
1,200 Shirts$4.75 per item
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Embroidery
12 Caps$18.00 per item
120 Caps$10.00 per item
1,200 Caps$7.00 per item
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Basic Polo
12 Polos$20.00 per item
120 Polos$14.00 per item
1,200 Polos$12.00 per item
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STL Shirt Co.: A Top T-Shirt Printing Company for Belleville, IL

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 clothing is an amazing and effective method for creating 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, 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.

STL Shirt Co. has been providing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Belleville, IL area and beyond for nearly half a centry years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing experts, a quick turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. Whenever you need t-shirt printing in Belleville, IL, we are your partner. Speak to 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.


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