St. Charles, MO T-Shirt Printing
St. Charles, MO T-Shirt Printing. When you have a group trip, work event, or fundraising endeavor to organize, custom screen printed t-shirts are a fun and effective tool. Whether you are looking for creative marketing solutions, are looking to build team camaraderie, or just want to commemorate a sentimental occasion, St. Charles, 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 St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with expert printers and designers. You know that with STL Shirt Co., you are receiving great care from the top professionals.
STL Shirt Co. is the leading screen printing shop serving the St. Charles, MO area. 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 St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing experience at STL Shirt Co. To place your order or find out more about our services, give us a call at 636-926-2777 or send a text at 636-299-0162 today.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Make your order.
You’ve decided you need to have some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming occassion, school group, athletic team, or some other use. You place the order and the St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you place your shirt order, you will have to choose and specify the:
- Shirt brand, style, material, and color
- Ink colors or special effects
- The design you want printed
If this already feels overwhelming, don’t fret! STL Shirt Co. is here to offer guidance and assurance during every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our expert screen printing artists and designers are at your disposal. Need help designing a logo that perfectly captures your vision? You can 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 create the screen
Once you have created your design, we get to work on preparing the screen that will be used 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 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, and the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This creates 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. 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 is ideal 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.
We then secure the screens to a printing press, stretching each shirt on a plate below. We are very careful 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 add ink on top of 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 in your order. For designs with multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink precisely to where it stays vibrant 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.
You can now see the design on your shirts! But there is still one more step. The ink goes on as a thick liquid, but in order to stay on the shirt, it has to 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 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. You can rest assured that we have the curing process figured out, so you know your prints will turn out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
Once the ink is cured, your t-shirts are officially printed! We fold them up nicely and hand the finished product off to you. We can have your shirts or other items printed and packaged within just a few 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
If you ask us, [t-shirt printing is a magical, beautiful thing. What can we say — we’re passionate about what we do. Now that we’ve gotten you thoroughly excited about the idea of screen printing t-shirt, we bet you can’t wait to place an order. If you don’t have an immediate need for t-shirt printing, think about the following reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is popular.
Try St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing for…
- Sports teams
- Team fans
- School groups and organizations
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Non profit and small business merchandise
- Employee shirts
- 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. No matter what St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing services you need, we are here for you.
Choosing a St. Charles, MO T-Shirt Printing Partner
Screen printing custom t-shirts are fun, effective, and personalized. However, not all t-shirt printing is the same. With printed apparel or any screen printed products, there is a huge difference between the work of a top printing shop and a school group applying iron-on’s in the basement. We are rooting for aspiring printers and certainly have nothing against printing out of the basement (many great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, you will see a distinct disparity in the quality, customer service, and capabilities available to you when you choose an accomplished and well-regarded St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Going to a union shop for your St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have proven their ability in what they do. On top of that, shopping at a union shop for anything, including t-shirt printing, allows you to support excellent labor conditions and support the local and US economy. The next time you have a St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing order, choose a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : St. Charles, MO’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we think t-shirt printing is awesome. Of course, we are a bit biased, but the reality is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other surfaces is an amazing and versatile method for creating 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 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 performing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the St. Charles, MO area and beyond for close to 50 years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing experts, a rapid turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. Any time you need St. Charles, MO t-shirt printing, STL Shirt Co. will deliver. Reach 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.