We can put your business logo on just about anything either with embroidered designs or printed designs. Which is better?
It depends a great deal on how much you want to spend, the type of apparel, and how long you want the design to last. For instance, if you are just doing some T shirts for an event give-away and you need a large quantity done for the least amount of money, and you don’t really need them to last longer than say a year or two, dye sublimation, also known as direct-to-garment or DTG printing, or digital printing, would make the most sense since it is the least expensive and you can do a large number of shirts for the least investment.
However, if you want to reduce the fading of your design over repeated washings, screen printing or our type of digital printing will last the longest.
Screen printing will last the longest without fading, but screen printing almost always requires that you have a large number of garments done at one time since the process of making a screen to run your job is quite time consuming, so printers won’t do it for just a couple shirts. If you need a small number of items done, usually anything less than 12, you will really have no choice but to do digital printing.
Not all digital printing or printers are the same. With digital printing, the quality of the ink is the determining factor as to how long your design will last, and you have to be careful when going with some of the “cheap” printers out there because their inks are also cheap and will quickly fade in just a few washings.
Redstone uses a unique type of ink and printing process that is very durable, weatherproof, and fade resistant when cared for properly.
Any type of printing will last much longer if washed in cold or warm water and not hot, and line dried.
Embroidery, on the other hand, can usually last the lifetime of the garment if washed properly, which means, washing on gentle cycle in cold or warm water. Bleach is the quickest way to destroy an embroidered garment as it will eat away the fine threads used for embroidery quite quickly.
Certain textured fabrics can only be embroidered because the texture would interfere with printing inks. Rule of thumb is that any garment with a smooth surface can be printed well and anything with a texture should be embroidered. Some very fine textures can be printed. If we feel you garment would look better one way or the other, we will tell you.