Valmeyer, IL T-Shirt Printing
Valmeyer, IL T-Shirt Printing. Custom printed t-shirts are festive, versatile, and effective and can be used for nearly any occasion. Whether you are looking for creative marketing solutions, are looking to build team camaraderie, or just want to commemorate a sentimental occasion, Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing is the way to go. The sky is the limit for t-shirt printing abilities and uses. To get the best possible design and print, you need a reliable Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing shop with talented printers and designers. You know that with STL Shirt Co., you are receiving great care from the top professionals.
STL Shirt Co. is the best Valmeyer, IL area screen printing shop. For more than 45 years, we have been the community leader for all your screen printing and embroidery needs. Enjoy the Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing experience with STL Shirt Co. To begin your order or learn more about what we can do for you, give us a call at 636-926-2777 or send a message at 636-299-0162 now.
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, work group, sports team, or some other use. You contact your shop to place the order and that is where the Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing journey begins. When you place your shirt order, you will have to decide on the:
- Shirt brand, style, material, and color
- Ink colors or special effects
- What design will be printed
If this already feels overwhelming, don’t fret! STL Shirt Co. will offer advice and help during every step of the 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. We can also help you select the right shirt and ink colors.
STEP TWO – We prepare the screen
After you decide on a 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. Depending on the specifics of your order, our t-shirt printing staff 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. 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 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.
This is where the ink comes in. 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. What you are feeling is the plastisol ink. 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.
Next, we mount the prepared screens to a printing press, with each shirt pulled taut and placed on a plate below. We are very careful to line everything up exactly so we know that your design will end up in the right place on your t-shirt. We add ink onto the screen and pull a squeegee across the entire screen to apply and press the ink onto the shirt. This process is repeated for every single t-shirt in your order. For designs with more than one color, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink precisely so it stays vibrant and keeps the sharp lines from your 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! We aren’t quite done, though. The ink goes on as a thick liquid, but in order to stay on the shirt, it has to be cured. This means we have to turn the ink from a liquid into a solid so it stays on your t-shirts. 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 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!
After the ink is cured, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! We fold the shirts up neatly and hand 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. If you find your self in a tight spot and need your t-shirts printed even faster, we even offer rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing is a magical force limited only by your own imagination. We love what we do and won’t apologize for it. 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 the following reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is popular.
We do Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic teams
- Sports fans
- School groups and organizations
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Swag for businesses and organizations
- Work uniforms
- 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 name it, we have probably printed for it. No matter what Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing services you need, you can trust STL Shirt Co..
Choosing a Valmeyer, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Screen printing custom t-shirts are a fun opportunity that can be effective for many different purposes. But not all t-shirt printing is the same. With printed garments or any screen printed items, 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 out-of-the-basement operations (many great screen printing shops began there!). Still, as the customer, you will see a definite disparity in the quality, customer service, and capabilities you have access to when you choose an accomplished and skilled Valmeyer, IL 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 Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have proven their ability in what they do. Not only that, but shopping at a union shop for anything, including t-shirt printing, is a way for you to support excellent working conditions and support the local and US economy. The next time you have a Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing order, choose a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Valmeyer, 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 reality is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other surfaces is a reliable and effective 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, STL Shirt Co.’s t-shirt printing services are ready to help. 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 Valmeyer, IL area and beyond for over 45 years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing experts, a exceptional turnaround time, and professional design services, we have the best t-shirt printing services around. Whenever you need Valmeyer, IL t-shirt printing, we are your partner. Call us today at 636-926-2777, text us at 636-299-0162, or request a quote online to get started on your t-shirt printing order today.