Embroidery

Embroidery Example
Embroidery Example

Embroidery is a process where thread is stitched into the product. It results in a professional look which will outlast other methods such as screen printing. Embroidery is particularly good for small designs such as a corporate or club logo's however it can become expensive for very large designs.

  • Pro’s: Elegant look, highly durable, good for multiple colours, smaller minimum runs than screen printing, suits all markets including corporate.
  • Con’s: Very small text is hard to reproduce, not suitable for large designs due to cost.
  • Set Up Costs: Once off fee to digitise your design (typically around $60)

Heat Pressing

Heat Press Example
Heat Press Example

Heat press decoration uses transfers of pre cut vinyl film to apply designs to garments. The advantage over screen printing is that each garment can have unique decoration (eg a name or number). Heat Press is a cost effective and highly durable process and used extensively for sporting uniforms and school leavers tops where each garment requires a different name / number.

  • Pro’s: Highly durable, enables you to print unique decorations for each garment.
  • Con’s: Colour range more restricted than screen printing.
  • Set Up Costs: Set-up charges depend on artwork supplied.

Printing

Print Example
Print Example

Screen printing involves applying ink via a series of stencils (1 for each colour in the design). It is particularly cost effective for larger runs of garments and also to reproduce large designs. Screen printing is less suitable for small runs of less than 15 garments due to cost.

  • Pro’s: Ideal for large runs such as promotional tee shirts, durable results.
  • Con’s: Extra colours add to the cost per print and initial set up costs, not suitable for small quantity’s.
  • Set Up Costs: Screen charges (1 per colour) typically around $70 per screen. These are one off costs.

Sublimation

Sublimation Example
Sublimation Example

Sublimation involves building the garment from scratch with your design incorporated. The process starts with a blank fabric and then special ink is transferred into the substrate of the fabric. The printed panels are then sewn together to make each garment to size. Adding colours, logos or individual elements such as names or numbers do not add to the costs. The process is extensively used for sports uniforms but can also produce a unique garment for you business or club.

If you would like to design your own sublimated garment you can do so here or contact ID Clothing to sit down with our design team and we can work through the process together.

  • Pro’s: Any colours and designs can be used, limitless number of logo’s with no additional costs, colours will not wash out.
  • Con’s: Restricted to polyester based fabrics, takes 5-6 weeks to produce.
  • Set Up Costs: Set-up charges depend on artwork supplied.

Applique

Applique Example
Applique Example

Applique involves using our inhouse sublimation printer to print a square patch with a full colour design. We then use the embroidery machines to stitch the design onto the garment. The process is a more modern way to attach a design to a garment and can have designs with small details and full colour.

  • Pro’s: Full colour designs can be used including gradients, Fine details are printed and not sewn so details can be printed a lot smaller.
  • Con’s: needs to be done as a rectangular patch.
  • Set Up Costs: Set-up charges depend on artwork supplied.

Decoration.

Choosing the correct decoration method is vital to getting the right look for your product. We are highly experienced at providing the best solutions for our customers and will be happy to make recommendations for you. Please click the links above for some guidelines for the most popular embellishment processes.

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