T-shirt Printing and Apparel Decorating ServicesScreen Printing, Direct-To-Garment Printing (DTG), Heat Transfer Vinyl, & Embroidery.
There is beauty in simplicity. Apparel screen printing is a more traditional printing method, that involves pushing plastisol ink(or water-based ink) onto a garment through a stenciled mesh screen. This is the best option for larger projects with a small number of colors in the design. Screen printing is also the best priced printing technique for clothing. The colors print vivid and well saturated. The print is durable but will eventually fade over a long period of time and have a vintage-feel . Screen printing apparel is also the way to go if you are trying to start your own clothing brand, or if you plan on making money re-selling your printed apparel. To save costs, limit the number of print colors and print areas.
Direct-To-Garment (DTG) Printing
Direct To Garment printing (DTG) is a process of printing on apparel using specialized water-based ink. DTG pringin is a fairly new technology when compared to Screen Printing. DTG printers typically have a platen designed to hold the garment in a fixed position while the printer inks are directly printed onto the clothing by the print head. DTG typically requires that the garment be pre-treated with a Pre-treatment spray allowing for a stronger bond between garment fibers and the pigmented inks. The Pre-treatment chemically reacts with the inks to promote better printing and curing in a heat-press. DTG printing is a digital process so the print is sharper and has a higher resolution than methods such as screen printing. There is no long setup or clean-up process, and DTG has the ability to print just one single shirt for affordable cost.
Heat Tranfer Vinyl (HTV)
Heat Transfer Vinyl is a thin sheet of material that can be cut with a vinyl cutter (or plotter) to make custom designs like jersey letters and numbers. HTV comes in an variety of solid colors, textures, and styles. Heat Transfer Vinyl works best for the customization of garments like polyester sports jerseys, poly performance apparel, and dri-fit active wear. Chattanooga Tshirt has created our fair share of custom jerseys. We only use high-quality vinyl that will not crack or peel, while also having a lighter feel and soft finish. Vinyl is sold by the yard and applied by a heatpress. It is not the cheapest imprinting method, but it is the longest lasting method of decorating apparel. With our vast stock of heat transfer vinyl, large-format vinyl cutter, and our large-format heat presses, Chattanooga Tshirt can cut, pick, and decorate just about any apparel item.
Machine embroidery is an embroidery process whereby a embroidery machine(or sewing machine) is used to create custom designs, patterns, and text on apparel. It is used commercially in product branding, corporate advertising, and uniform adornment. Before any design can be embroidered, it must be digitized. Embroidery digitizing is the process of converting existing artwork like a company logo or team emblem into a stitch file that an embroidery machine can sew on a garment. Digitizing is a complex process that is both art and science. Unlike other companies that may send your artwork to third parties to be digitized, we do all digitizing in-house at Chattanooga Tshirt. In-house digitizing allows us to sew-out a test run, modify the digitized file, and clean up any areas that need attention before running your entire order. Chattanooga Tshirt has a single 6 needle embroidery machine, so we do not take on large jobs. We specialize in creating small custom orders for businesses and entrepreneurs. We only embroider hats, sport shirts (polos), hoodies, and t-shirts. We do not take on specialized projects or large format embroidering.