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T-Shirt Printing Hartford, CT

T-Shirt Printing Hartford, CT. Are you preparing for a special event? Well, getting custom printed t-shirts is a great idea either way! Hartford, CT t-shirt printing is effectively used for many purposes. 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 Hartford, CT 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 best t-shirt printing companies serving individuals, families, and businesses in the Hartford, CT area. For almost 50 years, members of the Hartford, CT community and beyond have counted on us for all of their screen printing and embroidery needs. We are commited to making the Hartford, CT t-shirt printing process an enjoyable one for each and every customer we serve. You may be wondering about what we can do for you, our methods, or how to place your order. Ask us questions or place your order by reaching us at 636-926-2777 or sending us a message at 636-299-0162 today.



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How it Works

Placing a custom t-shirt printing order may come with an air of mystery. You give your order to your favorite t-shirt printing screen print shop and, a few days later, you have fresh-pressed, neatly boxed t-shirts on your doorstep or waiting for you at the shop. We wouldn’t blame you if you described it as magic. 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 need to have some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming event, work group, athletic team, or some other use. You place the order and that is where the Hartford, CT 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 colors or special effects
  • The design you want printed

“But I’m not a graphic designer,” you exclaim. Not to worry! STL Shirt Co. can give you guidance and assurance through every step of the t-shirt printing process. Use our professional printers and designers. For assistance in creating the perfect logo or design work with our professional design team. We can also help you select the right shirt and ink colors.

STEP TWO – We create the screen

Once you determine your design, we go about making the screen that will be used to print the design on your shirts. The design is first printed 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. That film we printed your design on is placed on the screen and we expose the screen to light. Light is blocked from reaching the screen wherever the design is on the film and the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This is how we create the stencil.

For designs with more than one color ink, 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 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 due to its ability to withstand p washes, move with the flexibility of the fabric, and display 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. Our t-shirt printing artists take great care to line everything up exactly so to make sure the design is printed in the right position on your t-shirt. We apply ink on top of the screen and pass a squeegee from end to end of the screen to smooth and press the ink onto the shirt. We repeat this 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.

You can now see the design 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 make this happen we introduce the ink to heat. It takes research and trial and error to perfect the curing process. It is easy to damage the shirt or the print with temperatures that are too high. 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! We fold them up neatly and pass the finished product 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

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’ve heard all about the t-shirt printing journey, you are probably eager to place an order. If you like the idea of t-shirt printing but don’t have a specific need for it, think about the following opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is perfect.

Try Hartford, CT t-shirt printing for…

  • Sports teams
  • Sports fans
  • School groups and organizations
  • Fundraising
  • Event and organization volunteers
  • Bachelor & bachelorette parties
  • Corporate events
  • Class reunions
  • Family vacations
  • Company picnics
  • Birthdays
  • Clubs
  • Non profit and small business merchandise
  • Work shirts
  • Union events and organizations

The list goes on! There are endless occasions 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 t-shirt printing services you need, you can count on us.

STL Shirt Co.: Top T-Shirt Printing Company for Hartford, CT

Custom t-shirts are great for pretty much any occasion or any purpose. Use our Hartford, CT t-shirt printing any time. Every occasion is special in some way, and you deserve the best possible Hartford, CT t-shirt printing process. From placing the order, choosing the design and materials, and making sure the print lasts even after many wears and washes, we have your back. Be among the many others in the Hartford, CT area who have relied upon STL Shirt. Co. for their complete Hartford, CT t-shirt printing needs.

For over 45 years, STL Shirt Co. has been bringing top t-shirt printing and other screen printing services to the people of the Hartford, CT area. With a staff of exceptionally skilled union screen printers, a quick turnaround time, and t-shirt design professionals, our Hartford, CT t-shirt printing services are the best around. Any time you require Hartford, CT t-shirt printing, know that STL Shirt Co. has your back. 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.


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