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Screen Printing NYC T-Shirts For A Retail Store In Manhattan

Screen Printing NYC T-Shirts: Retail Stores

If you are a screen printer, or looking to enter into the screen printing industry, a good place to start off is with retail stores. The reason I say this is because retail stores, if they are successful, order many SKUs and constantly order. It can be once a week five different t-shirt designs and 144 pieces of each, or can be once a month 5 SKUs and 1,000 pieces of each. Either way, I don’t have to tell you that it is a great business and retail stores are great customers. There are some upsides and some downsides when selling to retail stores though.

When you are selling t-shirts, or even other apparel to retail stores you might come across some obstacles along the process. To start, if the store is part of a chain and has many stores in the chain you will be facing the pricing problem. You might regularly sell a t-shirt with a single color print for $5-$7 and now they want is for $4-$5 per shirt. With a price cut like that one must think twice if they really want to cut into that market. Another obstacle might be production time on order. Larger companies and chain stores usually put a cancel day on the purchase orders, where if the goods are not shipped by this date don’t ship them at all! You might normally take 7-10 days to complete and order for your customers, now they tell you they need their PO’s completed within 5-6 days. In addition to price cut and turn around time, you will sometimes get the customer who wants his goods packed and shipped a certain way, a way that is way different than you are currently shipping orders. They can tell you that they want the order split into 10 cases for example and each case will have 24 t-shirts in a certain size breakdown. They might also want you to apply their shipping label on the outside of each carton in order for their receiving process to become more streamline. These are all reasons why screen printers might have to think twice about working with larger chains and retail stores.

screen printing nyc t shirtOn the other hand, you will be getting LOTS of orders and these order will be consistent. It might be that on your slow months, typically it is slow for screen printers between December and February, might turn into your best months. Remember, stores do not work on the same schedule as schools and organizations do, so where schools are off for winter break in December, a store might need to place order with you in order to have their t-shirts in stock for the holiday season. Some retail stores might start out ordering small and might explode into ordering larger amounts after just a few years in business, like Nothing Too Fancy. Another upside to working with retail stores might be an opportunity to put your brand onto the market. You might have a brand that you are trying to sell or promote, but it is impossible to find customers who would buy it. Let the retail do the work of getting the customer, while you take on the job of getting the t-shirts printed.

Here is a little something we are currently screen printing for a retail store in Manhattan New York. It’s a pretty simple and elegant design that is now being displayed in front of millions of people and is constantly being reordered by the retailer. Our screen printing company in NYC has a great design staff and a wonderful team to print the merchandise. We invite you to reach out to us if you are in the retail industry, or just want to get shirts into your store.

Questions & Answers: Ordering Custom Printed Apparel

Making money is tough so I always think twice about spending my money. When ordering custom shirts you want to be assured you are going with the right screen printing company – this way your money doesn’t go to waste. Here are some questions an answers we generally hear from our customers when they place an order:

Can I print only 1 shirt? I want to show it around and you will defiantly get another order from me…

Quite simply the answer is no, which is the same answer you will find in most screen printing shops. The reason is because screen printing is a process that is designed to print garments in bulk. Rarely do I ever hear of shops printing 1-6 shirts, especially on multi color jobs. A lot more than just “printing the shirt” goes into making a t-shirt. In fact it involves every part of the printing operation from the screen maker, to the artists to the screen printer.

I want to print a light color ink on a dark colored garment…

To achieve this we are required to add an underbase to the job. This means we actually make a whole other screen just for white ink which is laid down underneath any color. This is required for printing all light color inks on dark colored shirts, for example red ink on black shirts. This will also increase the price by an additional screen and additional print color.

Can I come pick up my order later today?

Contrary to the common belief, most orders are not printed on the same day. To begin, the printing shop will need to order the goods. Whether its a warehouse in New Jersey, New York or Chicago the goods will still take 1-3 days to arrive. Once the goods come in they need to be sorted and prepped for printing. In the meantime the artist needs to prep artwork and the screen maker needs to make screens. These are all processes that take time, therefore jobs take 7-10 days to be completed.

Can you print over the seams? Maybe over the front pocket of a hoodie?

In order to achieve a perfect screen print, the surface being printed must be an even surface. When printing over a seam, or a raised surface the ink generally ends up blotchy and caked up. But the customer is always right and we never say no to our customers. So after letting the customer know that we are not responsible for damages in this case, we will print over seams.

I only have a JPEG file, will this work?

Generally speaking, as long as the file is made of high resolution (300dpi) and not made of plenty of colors we can work with the file. But to achieve a perfect print it is recommended to use a vector file.

Can I supply my own garments? Or do I have to use yours?

Every screen printing shop varies with this. Our shop allows customer to provide their own garments, but we charge a surcharge and warn the customers that we are not responsible for damages.

Hope these Q&A help when you are ready to make an order for some custom tees and remember if you are looking for a screen printing company in Brooklyn, were here to serve!

Understanding The Fabrics That Make Our T-Shirts

What kind of shirts wont shrink? What type of material will allow my body to breathe? Which is the softest material?These are all questions that come about when deciding what type of t-shirts to order. There are plenty of different t-shirts out on the market – some made of cotton and others of polyester, but which is the best? This really all depends on the purpose of the shirts.

Gildan T-ShirtIf the shirts would be used for promotional purposes, chances are you would want to give them the cheapest shirts possible. This way your still able to get your message across with spending the least amount of money as possible. For a promotional job I would suggest using 100% Cotton 5-6 oz t-shirts, something like the Delta 11730 or Gildan 5000. These shirts are affordable in price, come in various sizes and somewhat long lasting. The downside with these shirts is how much they shrink when put through wash cycles. But then again what the heck, these shirts will most probably be worn once and then used as Pajamas.

Gildan Dryblend Another common used t-shirt material would be a 50/50 blend, that is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. These types of shirts are generally ordered by sports organizations and contractors because the fabric allows the body to breathe. The upside of these shirts is that they shrink less than the cotton tees – since they are made of up 50% synthetic material (polyester), they tend to shrink less than the basic t-shirts. Some sports teams and organizations even go for 100% Polyester moisture wicking shirts, which keep the body cool and absorb the persons sweat.

Bella TriblendFinally, a little bit more expensive and my personal favorite fabric, is the Triblend material. This is made up of 3 materials – cotton, polyester and rayon, hence the name TRI blend. Most of these feel silk smooth on the body, I suppose this is due to the rayon material and the combed finish. These are a bit trickier to print, since each of the material has a different burning temperature and ink curing temperature. In order to print the printer needs to find a “sweet spot” where the ink cures, but the garments don’t burn. Another thing to mention is the garments most often look heather, this is the old vintage look that you see on shirts.

Deciding on which fabric should be pretty simple, but your local screen printer should always be able to point you in the right direction and make suggestions for you.

The Process Of Ordering Custom T-Shirts

Over the course of the last decade the process of printing t-shirts has become easier and easier. This is largely due to the fact that technology has evolved and advanced making it easier to make shirts.

t-shirt printing brooklyn  Whether you are ordering custom t shirts online or walking into a local screen printing shop – the first step will be to decide what exactly you are looking for. I cant even begin to tell you how many times customers walk into our shop inquiring about orders printed garments who don’t even know what they are looking for. You can order t-shirts and other promotional items for various reasons such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah giveaways, company uniforms and school uniforms.

The next step, and probably the most important step, would be to design and prepare the artwork to be printed on the garments. The reason I say this is the most important step is because without proper artwork you can not achieve perfect screen printing. For example, artwork downloaded in a JPEG format off of the internet is most often only 72 dpi (dots per inch), which would make the art very pixilated and this would be reflected in the final print. The proper way to send your artwork is in a vector format such as AI, PSD, EPS and PDF, using 300 dots per inch.

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After sending the artwork and placing the order, the final steps are taken place by the screen printing company. These steps would be to first color separate the artwork and print them into films. These films are then used to burn screens, since screen printing requires a screen for ever color in every design. Once the screens are burned, the press operator then dries the screens and tapes up the edges – in order to avoid and ink leaking out. He then sets up the screens on the press and aligns each screen in order to assure that the print comes out in the desired place and centered. He/she then loads ink into each screens and starts printing shirts and running them through the dryer. Shirts are then folded, boxed and your order is ready!

Ordering t-shirts from your local screen printing company should be a simple and efficient process since t-shirts are a particularly  common item. screen printing shop near me