T-Shirt Printing Festus, MO
T-Shirt Printing Festus, MO. Custom printed t-shirts are festive, versatile, and effective and can be used for nearly any occasion. Whether you are looking for creative marketing solutions, are looking to build team camaraderie, or just want to commemorate a sentimental occasion, Festus, MO 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 t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with talented print and design team members who serve the Festus, MO area. You get that and more with STL Shirt Co.
STL Shirt Co. leads the pack for screen printers serving Festus, MO. We have been meeting your screen printing and embroidery needs for nearly half a century. You will always experience the best Festus, MO t-shirt printing experience at STL Shirt Co. To start your order or find out more about our services, call us at 636-926-2777 or send us a text at 636-299-0162 now.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Make your order.
You know you need to have some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming occassion, club, sports team, or some other use. You contact your shop to place the order and that is where the Festus, MO t-shirt printing journey begins. When you order your shirts, you will have to choose and specify the:
- What color, brand, style, and material the shirts will be
- 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. will offer guidance and help 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, 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
Once you have created your 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 unique parameters, our t-shirt printing experts 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. 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. 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. That’s plastisol for you. It is great because it withstands washes, moves with the fabric material of your shirt, and shows up 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 precisely so that your design is oriented correctly on your t-shirt. We apply ink onto the screen and pass a squeegee across the entire screen to smooth and press the ink onto the shirt. This process is repeated for every single t-shirt we print, and if your design has several colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink precisely to where it shows up nicely 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.
Now your awesome design is 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 ink from a liquid into a solid so it becomes permanent on your t-shirts. In order 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 if you use the wrong temperature or cure it for the wrong length of time. We know what we’re doing, though, so you know your prints will come out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
After the ink is cured, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! We fold them up nicely and pass 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. Ask us about having your order shipped to you. And if you are in a jam and 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. 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 probably eager 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 ideal.
Try Festus, MO t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic 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
The list goes on! 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 Festus, MO t-shirt printing services, you can trust STL Shirt Co..
Choosing a Partner for Festus, MO T-Shirt Printing
Custom screen printed t-shirts are fun, effective, and personalized. However, not all t-shirt printing is equal. With printed garments or any screen printed items, 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 printing out of the basement (many great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, you will experience a distinct disparity in the quality, customer service, and capabilities available to you when you choose an established and skilled t-shirt printing company for the Festus, MO area like STL Shirt Co.
To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Having your Festus, MO 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 going to a union shop for t-shirt printing or anything else is a way for you to support fair labor conditions and participate in the local and US economy. For your next Festus, MO t-shirt printing order, consider choosing a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co.: A Top T-Shirt Printing Company for Festus, MO
At STL Shirt Co., we love t-shirt printing. Of course, we are a bit biased, but the reality is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other surfaces is an excellent and powerful method for creating quality custom apparel for your next event. Whatever the reason, 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, 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.
We have been providing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Festus, MO area and beyond for more than 45 years. With a staff of union-member screen printing specialists, a quick turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. Any time you need t-shirt printing in Festus, MO, we are your partner. Speak to 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.