Chattanooga, TN T-Shirt Printing
Chattanooga, TN T-Shirt Printing. Are you anticipating a special occassion? Well, getting custom printed t-shirts is a great idea either way! Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing can be a powerful and versatile tool. Are you tasked with bringing a work or sports team together? Are you hoping to mark a special life event with a lasting memento? Do you want to raise money or awareness for a cause or market a business? ALl these very different goals can be accomplished with the right t-shirt printing services. When you do need Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing services, it’s important to find a screen printing company that is skilled at printing, can help you with your design, and can have your order ready when you need it. When you order shirts from STL Shirt. Co, you get all those things and more.
STL Shirt Co. is one of the top t-shirt printing companies serving individuals, groups, and organizations in the Chattanooga, TN area. We have been serving the screen printing and embroidery needs of the people of Chattanooga, TN and throughout the country for over 45 years. We stand out as the Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing company of choice due to our commitment to quality and service to our customers. You may be wondering about our capabilities and services, our methods, or how to place your order. Have your questions answered or place your order by giving us a call at 636-926-2777 or sending us a message at 636-299-0162 today.
How it Works
Placing a custom t-shirt printing order can have an enigmatic feel. You give your order to your favorite t-shirt printing screen print shop and receive a package filled with custom-designed, nicely folded t-shirts a few days later. One might go so far as to call it magic, but we aren’t one to toot our own horn. For those who have never experienced the process, t-shirt printing is a mysterious endeavor. Many of our t-shirt printing customers come to us for special occasions and events, so we understand the excitement that surrounds these shirts. Have you ever wondered about the journey that plain cotton tee has gone through to become the beauty you see hanging in your closet or reflected in the mirror today?
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Make your order.
You’ve determined you want some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming event, school group, sports team, or something else. You contact your shop to place the order and the Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you order your shirts, 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
If this already feels overwhelming, don’t fret! STL Shirt Co. can give you guidance and assurance through the entire t-shirt printing process. Our professional screen printers and designers are available to help you. Need help designing a logo that perfectly captures your vision? You can 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 create the screen
After 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. Depending on the specifics of your order, our t-shirt printing experts will select the best mesh screen to use in printing your shirts. 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. The design on the film blocks the light from reaching the coated screen in the shape of your design, but the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This produces 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. T-shirt printing and other screen 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? 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.
The screens we made are attached to a printing press, with each shirt pulled taut and placed on a plate below. We are very careful 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 smooth and press the ink onto the shirt. This process is repeated for every single t-shirt we print. For designs with multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. It takes skill to get 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. In other words, we have to turn the liquid ink into a solid that will stay in place on your t-shirts. To do this we have to apply heat to the ink. It takes research and trial and error to perfect the curing process. It is possible 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, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold the shirts up neatly and pass 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. For those last-minute situations when you need your t-shirts ready in a week or less, we even offer rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
In our humble opinion, [t-shirt printing is a magical, beautiful thing. What can we say — we’re passionate about what we do. Now that you know all about the t-shirt printing process and what we can do, 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, think about some of the reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is perfect.
Try Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing for…
- Sports teams
- Team fans
- School clubs
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Swag for businesses and organizations
- Work shirts
- Union events and organizations
The list goes on! 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. No matter what t-shirt printing services you need, you can count on us.
STL Shirt Co. : Chattanooga, TN’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
Custom t-shirts are great for pretty much any occasion or any purpose. Chances are, Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing will be perfect for your needs, whatever they may be. Every occasion is special in some way, and you deserve the best possible Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing process. Enjoy a friendly and helpful experience in creating your design and placing your order, the right materials for your needs, and a long-lasting and high-quality print. Be among the many others in the Chattanooga, TN area who have relied upon STL Shirt. Co. for their complete Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing needs.
We have been the trusted source for t-shirt printing and other screen printing in the Chattanooga, TN area for close to 50 years. With a staff of exceptionally skilled union screen printers, a quick turnaround time, and professional design services, our Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing services are the best around. The next time you are looking for Chattanooga, TN t-shirt printing, count on STL Shirt Co. 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.