Ink is what gives screen printing its greatest versatility as a method of apparel decoration. The word “ink” is somewhat inadequate in describing the wide variety of media available which can be used with screens. In addition to ink, there are coatings, adhesives, conductives and so on. All make it possible to screen print on nearly any solid material or surface, but to get the most out of them, you've got to know something about what's been put into them. Here is a look at some of the variables associated with screen printing ink.
Denim is a timeless fabric that has moved far beyond its humble origins as a durable material found only in workwear. Today it is used in fashionable jackets, long sleeve dress shirts, even infant apparel. With different weights available, denim is more comfortable to wear and wash than ever before. Here is a look at perfecting embroidery on this popular fabric.
Fleece can be a tricky material to work with for many screenprinters, but it does not necessarily need to be that way. Even folks just starting out in the apparel printing industry are finding little or no trouble printing fleece once they have a basic understanding of the process. Here are some tips to help make it easier, from fabric selection to press and ink considerations.
Some apparel decorators call work uniforms an almost perfect niche, because it offers perks such as long lead times on orders and designs that are more basic than the average corporate logo. Each piece is decorated with the same low stitch count embroidered logos or basic one color screen printed design Customers, too, are finding custom uniforms to be a big hit.
Most people in the embroidery industry like to keep using their needles as long as possible. Also, it is common for embroidery shops to use the same type of needle for all jobs. While most needles can handle different types of jobs, better results may be acheived by changing them out to meed specific needs. This could result in better looking embroidery, and equipment that does not wear down as quickly. Here is a closer look at embroidery needles.
Do you refuse to embroider fine silks and other delicate goods, fearing that they may end up wrapped around your sewing hook instead of lying prettily in a gift box? If you can put those fears aside, you can create some of the best pieces in your portfolio.
Embroidery on delicate material is a tactile art, and fun-to-feel chiffon, organza, crepe, organdy, and other lightweight fabrics embroider as reliably as other goods, when properly handled. Just because they are sheer doesn't mean these fabrics can't be stable, or even strong. In ancient times, warriors wore a layer of silk beneath their chain mail armor to prevent arrows from penetrating the skin, and to help them pop out easily when the silk was stretched from opposite edges.
Of course, there are many different types of sheer and fancy fabrics. Embroiderers must use techniques that are the most kind to the fabric, minimizing the risk of bruising or tearing the delicate fibers.