Waterloo, IL T-Shirt Printing
Waterloo, IL T-Shirt Printing. You don’t need an excuse to get great custom printed t-shirts made – you could have a company event coming up, a family vacation planned, or might just want some for fun. Whether you are looking for creative marketing solutions, are looking to build team camaraderie, or just want to commemorate a sentimental occasion, Waterloo, IL 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 Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with experienced print and design team members. You get that and more with STL Shirt Co.
STL Shirt Co. is the leading screen printing shop serving the Waterloo, IL area. We have been providing screen printing and embroidery services to people like you for close to 50 years. Enjoy the Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing experience with STL Shirt Co. To submit your order or find out more about our services, call 636-926-2777 or send a message at 636-299-0162 now.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Place your order.
You know you need some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming occassion, school group, sports team, or something else. You contact your shop to place the order and that is where the Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing journey begins. When you order your shirts, you will have to choose and specify the:
- Brand, cut, style, material, and color of the shirts
- 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. is here to offer guidance and assurance through every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our professional screen printers and designers are available to help you. Need help designing a logo that perfectly captures your vision? You can 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 make the screen
Once you decide on a design, we get to work on preparing 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 for your order. The screen is coated with a substance called emulsion, which is sensitive to light. We place the film with your design on it on the screen and the screen is exposed to light. Light is blocked from reaching the screen wherever the design is on the film but the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This creates the stencil.
For designs with more than one color ink, 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 usually 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. It is great 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. Our t-shirt printing artists take great care to line everything 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 smooth and press the ink onto the shirt. We repeat this for every single t-shirt we print. For designs with several colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink precisely so it looks bright 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.
The ink is now on your shirts! But there is still one more step. After the ink is applied, the ink has to cure. In other words, we have to turn the ink from a liquid into a solid so it becomes permanent on your t-shirts. 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 easy to damage the shirt or the print when you don’t use the correct temperature or amount of time. We know what we’re doing, though, 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! Next, we fold the shirts up nicely and hand them off to you. We can have your shirts or other items printed and packaged within only a few days. If you need it, ask us about shipping your order to you. And if you are in a jam and need your t-shirts printed even faster, use our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, [t-shirt printing is a magical, beautiful thing. 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 probably eager 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 perfect.
We do Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic teams
- Sports 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
- Employee shirts
- Union events and organizations
The list goes on! There are a million different activities, groups, and events 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 Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing services you need, you can count on us.
Choosing a Waterloo, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Screen printing custom t-shirts are fun, effective, and personalized. However, not all t-shirt printing is equal. When you are looking for printed garments 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 don’t have anything against out-of-the-basement operations (many great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, you will notice a definite disparity in the quality, customer service, and capabilities you have access to when you work with an accomplished and skilled Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
The cherry on top of it all is that we are a union screen printing shop. Going to a union shop for your Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing gives you access to workers who have trained thoroughly and have proven their skill 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 excellent labor conditions and support the local and US economy. The next time you have a Waterloo, IL t-shirt printing order, make the choice to support a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Waterloo, IL’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we love t-shirt printing. You may think us a bit biased, but the fact is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other items is a reliable and useful 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. You deserve and expect top quality and great customer service when you order t-shirts. 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 Waterloo, IL area and beyond for close to 50 years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing technicians, a fast turnaround time, and professional design services, we have the best t-shirt printing services around. The next time you need Waterloo, IL 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.