There are many techniques out there in the decorated apparel market, so many that deciding on one can be mind-boggling. First step is to ask yourself a few questions. What do you want your company to be known for? What apparel will your company focus on? How much available space do you have for equipment? Will you be making small batches or large batches? Once you have a general idea of what you are looking for, you can dive right into the search. Here is a glimpse at the four most popular techniques to help you choose what works best for your company.
- Embroidery – A fabric decoration made with needle and thread
- Commonly used for: Caps, Bags, Blankets, Sweatshirts, Polo Shirts
- Best for: Creating texture
- Cons: Must know how to use the software to create custom designs
- Screen Printing – A print made by moving ink on a mesh screen
- Commonly used for: T-shirts, Bags, Sports apparel, etc.
- Best for: Large productions
- Cons: Equipment requires a lot of space
- Heat Transfer – A design that is bonded to material using heat
- Commonly used for: T-shirts, Banners, Caps, table cloths
- Best for: Small batches with a lower cost
- Cons: If the transfer is too large images can get distorted
- Direct to Garment – A design directly printed on textiles using inkjet machine
- Commonly used for: T-shirts, Sweatshirts, bags
- Best for: Having a variety of colors and tones
- Cons: Printing on dark fabric requires pre-treating
Now that you have a greater understanding on different apparel decorating methods, it will be easier for you to decide on the technique that is the most suitable for your company. But there is one more step, and that is deciding how to finance your equipment. Beacon is here to help with that, with a simple and speedy process.
- Chose your Application Style
- Fill out our no-cost, Business App
- Get Approved, and Grow Your Business