Maplewood, MO T-Shirt Printing
Maplewood, MO T-Shirt Printing. Custom printed t-shirts are festive, versatile, and effective and can be used for nearly any occasion. 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. When it comes to t-shirt printing, the options are virtually limitless. To get the best possible design and print, you need a reliable Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing shop with expert print and design team members. You can be confident that STL Shirt Co. has all that and more.
STL Shirt Co. leads the pack for Maplewood, MO screen printers. 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 to speak to us about our capabilities, call us at 636-926-2777 or send a message 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 event, work group, athletic team, or some other use. 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 decide on the:
- What color, brand, style, and material the shirts will be
- Ink type and color(s)
- The design you want printed
Don’t sweat it if you are intimidated by the thought of creating a design and making all these choices! STL Shirt Co. can give you counsel and support through the entire t-shirt printing process. Use our professional printers and designers. 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 get your design printed on your shirts. First, we print the design on a transparent sheet of film. Based on your desired end results, our t-shirt printing team will select the best mesh screen to use in printing your shirts. The screen is coated with a photo-sensitive substance called emulsion. That film we printed your design on is placed on the screen and the screen is exposed 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 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 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. Plastisol is ideal for screen printing because it withstands washes, moves with the fabric material of your shirt, and shows up vibrantly on any color t-shirt.
We then secure the screens to a printing press, and each shirt is placed on a plate below. We work deliberately to make sure everything is registered and lined up exactly so to make sure the design is printed in the right position on your t-shirt. We apply ink onto the screen and pull a squeegee across the entire screen to smooth 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.
Now your awesome design is on your shirts! But they aren’t ready to go yet. After the ink is applied, the ink has to cure. In other words, the ink must be transformed into a solid so it stays on your t-shirts. In order to make this happen 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. 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! Next, we fold the shirts 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 handful of days. Ask us about having your order shipped to you. And if you are in a jam and need your t-shirts printed even faster, we even offer rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
In our humble opinion, there is no debating the magic and possibility of the art of Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing promises. 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 likely ready 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 some of the reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is popular.
Try Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic teams
- Team fans
- School clubs
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Non profit and small business merchandise
- Work shirts
- Union events and organizations
The list goes on! There are a million different activities, groups, and events 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 Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing services, we are here for you.
Choosing a Maplewood, MO T-Shirt Printing Partner
Custom screen printed t-shirts are a fun opportunity that can be effective for many different purposes. But not all t-shirt printing is equal. With printed garments 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 applaud aspiring printers and certainly don’t have anything against printing out of the basement (many great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, as the customer, you will notice a obvious difference in the quality, customer service, and abilities you have access to when you choose an accomplished and skilled Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Having your Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing done by a union shop gives you access to workers who have trained thoroughly and have demonstrated their ability in what they do. On top of that, shopping at a union shop for t-shirt printing or anything else is a way for you to endorse fair labor conditions and support the local and US economy. For your next Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing order, make the choice to support a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Maplewood, MO’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we think t-shirt printing is awesome. You may think us a bit biased, but the objective truth is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other clothing is a reliable and powerful way to give you quality custom apparel for your next event. Whatever the reason, 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.
We have been performing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Maplewood, MO area and beyond for over 45 years. With a staff of union-member screen printing specialists, a rapid turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. The next time you need Maplewood, MO t-shirt printing, STL Shirt Co. will deliver. 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.