Here at Santa's Stitches of Fairbanks we offer all types of
screen printing to accommodate your custom apparel projects.
Screen printing is at the center of all project here at Santa's Stitches. Almost all jobs that come across our production board contain printed garments in some form. Also known as silk screening, screen printing is by far the most diversely applied method for garment decoration.
Ways you can use screen printing
You can use screen printing in so many application scenarios it’s hard to remember them all but let’s talk about the most popular forms. First is obviously your standard front, back or sleeve print applied directly onto the garment.
Screen printing is also used to apply care and size information to the inside collar of the garment. This is a great way to add perceived value and brand recognition to your printed tee shirt and printed hoody projects.
Another very prevalent system that utilizes screen printing is plastisol transfers or screen-printed transfers. These transfers are great for applying screen printed images to items that are irregularly shaped or heat sensitive. Items like printed outerwear, printed hats and accessories are all common items embellished with plastisol transfers.
Types of screen-printing inks
There are also several ink systems used in screen printing with plastisol being the most common. Plastisol screen printing applies a thin polymer film to the surface of the fabric. Traditionally people think of plastisol as a thicker print, but that’s not really the case with modern plastisol inks.
Other popular ink systems for screen printing are water base and water-based discharge inks that essentially dyes the material. Water based printing is a great system but is only compatible with 100% cotton or very polyester light blends. Lastly we offer acrylic screen printing, similar to plastisol inks but lighter weight and more eco friendly.
There’s a ink system for every print project.
As mentioned above, screen printing is a very diverse process and we’re always finding new ways to use it. Come to us with your project and you can be assured that we’ll find the best practices to produce optimum results.