Category Archives: Garment Decoration

Embroidery – The logo solution from School Uniform to Industrial Workwear

Stitch & Print invested heavily in top of the range industrial, automated embroidery processes that have been developed specifically to address quality, efficiency and cost, using the latest machine technologies to deliver cutting edge embroidery services.

embroidery

automated machine embroidery

Our advanced production, industrial quality, technology provides consistent results time after time. Driven by world leading production software we’re geared up to provide high quality embroidery with quick turnarounds…embroidered with care, speed and precision.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the embroidery we provide for your order, Whether it’s a one-off embroidered Teddy Bear for a childs Christening or a run of a hundred fleeces for your latest sales promotion we’ll treat your order with the same care & attention.

Embroidered workwear

Embroidered Workwear is fast becoming one of the most important ways to improve your company’s image & visibility. Whether it’s having your staff readily identifiable on site, or whether they’re walking down the street the presence of your logo on their Workwear is in the public eye and advertising your business.

Because we specialise in working with smaller SMEs, we can add your logo, name and job title to anything from trousers to caps, polo shirts to jackets without breaking your bank! Doing this also provides you with a constant and cost effective source of advertising.

Minimum Quantities

We have a minimum order of just a single piece!

Turn around

We work on a target of seven days. But e have been known to work miracles…….

 

So when you’re looking for an embroidery company – you should call us first!

 

Garment Printing; What’s the best option?

There’s a myriad of garment printing options available and each one has it’s pros & it’s cons. The key is getting the right process for your particular job & requirements. Whether it’s a one-off design or a large volume orders on a variety of garments we aim to give you the best option at our disposal.

there's a lot to consider in garment printing

T-Shirt printing

Screen-printing

Full colour designs can be printed using screen-printing, a very versatile print process. Inks are directly applied to the garments, and this process is suitable for both dark and light coloured fabrics. This process is very economical for larger quantities of fifty or more garments, rather than small runs, due to the high set up costs involved. We screen print in house.

Direct to garment printing (DTG)

Direct to garment printing also involves using full colour prints directly on to the garment, and it is also suitable for light and dark coloured garments. The process is similar to screen printing, but DTG printing can allow for just one print of a design. This process is somewhat more expensive but one-off prints are more economical as a result of lower set-up costs. We DTG print in house on white & light coloured garments (colour restrictions apply) which is a fantastic way to get short runs & personalised one off garments produced.

Transfer printing

Transfer printing involves applying ink to a transfer before then applying it to the garment. This process accommodates one-off print runs and is available for coloured garments. Transfer printing is highly advantageous for full colour one-off prints and small batches on to dark garments, the only downside being a ‘patch’ style print. We produce transfers in house.

Transfer printing (white)

Again full colour designs are transferred to transfer sheets that are then applied to the garment. This process is different to standard transfer printing, and is suitable for white, and natural cotton coloured garments. The ‘patch style’ print for lighter garments is much lighter weight than the one required for the coloured ones. The only side-effect of using this process is that the white areas within the design are prone to darkening over time. With the installation of our DTG option this process is a lot less relevant than previous.

Transfer Vinyl printing

In transfer vinyl printing a single colour vinyl is precisely cut to the desired shape or font and then heat-sealed to the garment. Heat-sealing is suitable for most fabrics. Transfer vinyl printing is great for party tops and high-visibility work wear. The advantages of transfer vinyl printing are that it is a durable and hard-wearing form of customising a garment, as well as being very economical.

Designs

What comes out of the print process can never be better than what is put in…….. If your design isn’t up to the job you’re sure to notice it on the garment. Luckily we have tens of thousands of stock designs to choose from on our website. If you have your own design that can be used no problem at all, The best solution is a vectorised, print-ready format with a transparent background & minimum of 200 dpi resolution.

If you download artwork from the internet please be aware of possible copyright infringements. If we can see an obvious, or possible, infringement we’ll point it out to you and won’t produce anything we know to be legally dubious. Any design that is supplied by yourself is produced in the belief that you have the rights to have that image reproduced.

Costs can vary depending on the colours and size of the print design, garment quantity & colour. We can advise you on the best process for your requirements.

Your Logo – it has power ……. It says a lot about you!

Why do we put logo’s on our work clothing? It doesn’t sound like a difficult question to answer, in fact there are numerous answers! But lets just take a while to consider just a few, why you’re doing it and how to get the best result from it:

Identification: Probably one of the most important reasons for putting your logo on your staff uniform or workwear. You’re people need to be identified when they’re at work, from customers knowing who works in the shop (they’re not always behind a counter) to identifying Which company that tradesman is working for on site, Identification is a major issue nowadays.

Your logo identifies you at work

Lets get right to one of the biggest issues here; You want to stand out! Think about where you’re staff are going to be seen & how to get exposure for your business brand.

Face to face? That’s easy, logo on the breast so it’s in front of people approaching you & talking to you.

Mobile around an area? Be it a waitress, a shop floor worker or a window cleaner (one of my favourite examples) consider which parts of you are going to be seen; A window cleaner usually has his back to everyone so it’s a great idea to have a logo there, where it will be seen. 

Visibility: If you’re doing a trade show or event it makes sense to get as much exposure as you can, With the increase in visibility comes a return on your investment and it’s crucial you get the best return on your money.

Advertising; Now the press won’t like this one too much, but traditional advertising is a game of diminishing returns. Higher costs, falling audiences & consumers who are jaded by being bombarded with papers, emails, text, flyers. You need to keep the fact you’re in business out there but you don’t want to alienate potential customers.

Rugby shirt with logo

Every time you, or a member of your staff, walks past someone in the street your business identity passes before their eyes; take a walk, wearing your uniform, down your High Street & keep an eye on how many people glance at what’s embroidered on your shirt – you’ll be surprised!

Think about what your customers can do for you. We all know word of mouth recommendations are the best advertising you can get. You don’t pay for it and no matter how much you tell people what a great job you’re doing, if it comes from an independent source someone knows it’ll carry a lot more weight.

We do a lot of garments as promotional gifts for our customers, Jackets, fleeces, Beanie hats, all the stuff people will wear because who doesn’t love a freebie? If you’ve a hundred customers wearing a hat with your company name on there they’re advertising for you every time they wear it that’s a colossal reach, at very little cost, and it’ll still be working for you one, two, three years down the line.

Image: If you think I’m going to let a plumber, builder, electrician etc. loose in my house who’s got holes in his pants & mastic all over his clothes you’ve got another thing coming! The image you present to customers sets the tone for the work you’re going to complete for them. So get off on the right foot by presenting a clean, smart professional image for your business. There’s hundreds of competitors out there and as the saying goes “You only get one chance to make a first impression”

Health & Safety: Probably one of the first reasons that comes to mind, but considering the above, not necessarily the best reason for that business expenditure. Yes, people need to be protected, kept clean & safe, but before begrudging the expenditure in providing staff uniforms or workwear consider the benefits to your business.

 

So we’ve got a little bit about why you do it, next we’ll talk about how to do it………

Work Fleeces: From Chemical Goo & Recycled Water Bottles to Smart Workwear!

Work fleeces are almost everywhere nowadays – I don’t know quite how many different fleece garments we have on the Stitch & Print website but I DO know that fleece revolutionised workwear (as well as outdoor gear) in the early 1980s when Malden Mills needed a new product to survive in the cut throat textile trade! That early surge shows no signs of disappearing – I reckon that about 35% of the custom workwear that we sell is made of fleece.

But what is the fleece itself made of?

Polyester is the answer – known as terylene or Dacron back in the 1940s – and made by reacting two chemicals, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol (aka antifreeze) together to create a polymer.  Today, a lot of fleece actually has a high content of recycled polyester, up to 80%, and most of it comes from drinks bottles.  This recycling isn’t just good in terms of removing the plastic bottle waste from landfill but it’s also more energy efficient than making new or virgin polyester.

Going from liquid polyester to a fleece garment takes a number of stages, as you’d imagine, with some familiar from other textile manufacturing and others unique to fleece.
Firstly, the chemicals are mixed and heated under pressure to create polyester (or PET for short).  As this cools, it forms a viscous liquid that can be extruded through a disk with tiny holes (a bit like a showerhead) called a spinneret.  As the liquid sprays out of the spinneret and comes into contact with the air, it hardens into fibres which are wound on to a spool and form a structure a bit like a think rope, called tow.  The tow is then pulled through the heated rollers of a drawing machine (a bit like a mangle) to create longer, stronger fibres with the polymer PET molecules aligned.  It then goes through a crimping machine to make it crinkled and folded like an accordion before being dried and cut into short lengths for baling – it’s beginning to look a lot like wool!

The fleece production process from now on also seems to be very like wool with the cut tow going through a carding machine to align the fibres and then into a spinning machine to twist strands into a finer finished yarn.

Most fleece garments use fabric in a block colour and this is made by dyeing the polyester yarn and drying it again before the knitting process. However, patterned fleece fabric is made by printing on to finished fabrics, just as with other textiles.

But back to fleece.  The manufacturer now has their coloured polyester yarn but how does this become the fleece that we know and love?  First it is knitted to create  a continuous tube of cloth, about 1.5m wide and several hundred metres long.  To achieve the fuzzy texture, this knitted material is next fed through a napper, which runs mechanical bristles along the cloth (usually on both sides of the fabric) to raise the surface fibres.  These are then trimmed to an even length in a shearing machine and that gives you the textured piled fabric that we know as fleece.

By its very nature, fleece is durable, water resistant and with moisture wicking properties to keep you cool and it dries quickly and is light, soft to the touch and, best of all, warm because of the way that it traps air in its fibres.

Fleece can also be given other properties by spraying it with a textile finish such as anti-pilling (to prevent pesky bobbles) or waterproofing or by layering it with other fabrics such as Lycra to give it additional stretch for sportswear and work fleeces for specific conditions and industries.

A majority of the work fleeces that we customise and sell are made of what’s regarded as regular or medium weight fleece (about 370g per metre and also known as Polar Fleece 200).  You’ll also come across microfleece which is aka 100 and weighs about 240g per metre and then there’s heavy weight fleece, aka 300 and with a weight of about 400 or more grams per metre.
So browse the website and have a look at our huge range of fleece jackets, fleece hoodies, fleece hats, fleece gloves and everything else that you can possibly think of to be made in fleece – even hi vis custom fleece workwear garments.

In the 35 or so years that fleece has been on the market, it has proven just how adaptable it can be and the developments in making it from recycled polymer just add to its benefits.  Who knows what we’ll be making from fleece 35 years from now – but it’s already been into space!

Bling Bling! Just add Diamantes …..

Diamante Designs: Adding Some Sparkle to Clothing Decoration

hen party T-shirt decorated with diamante

Hen party T shirt to bring added sparkle to Carlisle nightlife!

 As well as embroidery & print we also supply garments with diamante designs; Ideal for hen parties, anniversaries & birthdays diamante encrusted garments are fast becoming one of the most popular ways of glamming up your look.

Stitch & Print can make you sparkle by personalising t-shirts and various other fashion items with diamantes, If you would like to find out more, or get a quotation, you can either email office@stitchandprint.co.uk or telephone 016973 43546 with the quantity and type of garment you would like us to create.

starfield design highlighted with diamanteThere are a couple of options on production techniques which we have:

Either your design is carefully created using diamante stones, which are then heat-sealed to the garment. The diamantes are even available in a variety of colours. Encrusting garments with diamantes really adds a bit of sophistication and bling to your wardrobe! But it isn’t always cheap to create your personalised look; A mould has to be created for each design so kitting out all the chicks for your hen party can be expensive!

Thankfully for the more popular designs we have a range of stock alternatives that are economical.

Alternatives and Additions to Diamante Bling for the Next Party Trip!

 The alternatives are holographic foil and Glitterflex:

queen of hearts design in glitterfoil as an alternative to diamante

Glitterflex and Holographic foils another alternative to diamante for added sparkle on Cumbrian nights out!

We use holographic foil, which is a type of transfer vinyl to replicate diamantes; It’s cut into stone shape & sized pieces & applied to the garment & the reflective nature gives a similar look to diamantes.

Glitterflex is a type of transfer vinyl that adds a lot of sparkle to your design however it doesn’t give the bright “catch the light” reflection that you get with stones or holographic foil.

Both of these decoration types add a real wow factor to your outfit and one-offs can be produced at a fraction of the cost of using diamantes, something well worth considering if you’re catering for individual designs for all the girls!

Be it diamantes, foil or glitterflex we’ve got the means to really give your party outfit the edge over the competition!