St. Peters, MO T-Shirt Printing
St. Peters, 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. St. Peters, 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. The sky is the limit for t-shirt printing abilities and uses. Make sure to choose your St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with expert printers and designers. You get that and more with STL Shirt Co.
STL Shirt Co. is the leading screen printing shop serving the St. Peters, MO area. We have been meeting your screen printing and embroidery needs for nearly half a century. For St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing you will love, come to STL Shirt Co. To place your order or ask us questions about our services, call us at 636-926-2777 or send a text at 636-299-0162 right away.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Make your order.
You’ve decided you need to have some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming occassion, club, sports team, or something else. You contact your shop to place the order and the St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you order your shirts, you will have to determine the:
- Brand, cut, style, material, and color of the shirts
- Ink type and color(s)
- The design you want printed
“But I’m not a graphic designer,” you exclaim. Not to worry! STL Shirt Co. can give you advice and help during the entire t-shirt printing process. Our expert screen printing artists and designers are at your disposal. For assistance in creating the perfect logo or design rely on our professional design team. If you want to know which shirt or colors will work best for your needs, we can help with that too.
STEP TWO – We create the screen
After you have created your design, we get to work on 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 desired end results, our t-shirt printing staff will select the best mesh screen to use in printing your shirts. The screen is coated 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 is how we create the stencil.
If you want a design using multiple 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. T-shirt printing and other screen 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 a shirt of any color.
Next, we mount the prepared screens to a printing press, stretching each shirt on a plate below. We work deliberately to make sure everything is registered and lined up precisely 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 apply and press the ink onto the shirt. We repeat this for every single t-shirt we print. For designs with more than one color, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. It takes skill to get the ink precisely to where it shows up nicely 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.
You can now see the design 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 that will stay in place on your t-shirts. In order 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 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 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 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, use our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, there is no debating the magic and possibility of the art of St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing promises. We love what we do and won’t apologize for it. Now that we’ve gotten you thoroughly excited about the idea of screen printing t-shirt, 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, think about some of the opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is ideal.
Try St. Peters, MO 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
…And so much more! 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. No matter what St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing services you need, you can count on us.
Choosing a St. Peters, MO T-Shirt Printing Partner
Screen printing custom t-shirts are a fun opportunity that can be effective for many different purposes. However, not all t-shirt printing is equal. When you are looking for 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 are rooting for aspiring printers and certainly have nothing against out-of-the-basement operations (many great screen printing shops began there!). Still, as the customer, you will notice a definite disparity in the quality, customer service, and abilities available to you when you work with an established and well-regarded St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Having your St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing done by a union shop means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have demonstrated their ability in what they do. Not only that, but going to a union shop for anything, including t-shirt printing, is a way for you to support excellent labor conditions and support the local and US economy. The next time you have a St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing order, consider choosing a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : St. Peters, 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 garments is an amazing and effective 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, STL Shirt Co.’s t-shirt printing services are ready to help. 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 St. Peters, MO area and beyond for close to 50 years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing technicians, a rapid turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. The next time you need St. Peters, MO t-shirt printing, count on STL Shirt Co. Speak to 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.