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The Foundry has a new location!

After 4 awesome years in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood we have moved to a larger location in the Sodo district. We did try to stay in the North Seattle area but zoning made it difficult to find a space that would facilitate the additional screen printing and embroidery gear needed for this expansion. The upgraded arsenal here includes a Sportsman EX Auto Press and a SWF 4 Head Embroidery Machine. In edition we’ve made improvments to our entire production line in order to better meet the needs of our customers and the greater Northwest custom apparel market.

The Foundry Seattle's Sportsman EX Auto Screen Printing Press

Sportsman EX Auto Screen Printing Press


5 heads of SWF Embroidery Machine


The Foundry is expanding!

There have been a lot of exciting changes going on here at The Foundry so we thought it would be a good idea to put together a post with some of those details.

We’ve brought in longtime Foundry family member Clint Graham as a partner. With his extensive experience in the garment industry and his shared business ethics we are very stoked to have him on The Foundry team. He’ll be leading our sales and service efforts as we move into this new stage of the business.

With the growing demand for our services we have signed a lease at a space in the SoDo neighborhood. This new facility will house an updated production line comprised of industry leading M&R printing equipment.

At the center of this modernized print shop we’ll have a 10 color 12 station Sportsman EX automatic screen printing press. Paired with a high capacity natural gas dryer and an LED exposure system our ability to provide Foundry quality at a elevated volume has officially become a reality.

Although we have a lot of work to do before this new facility is operational in mid July we are looking forward to combining these assets and ideas to our existing quality and service manifesto.

Metallic Screen Printing Inks

With spring comes new trends and one of the more prevalent ones we’ve identified is metallic printing. Unlike previous years we’ve seen at least two jobs using metallics come through the shop per week. With this influx we thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put together a blog post with more information about using metallics in your screen printing projects.

First you need to know that metallic is a plastisol ink so it will always have a hand to it, in fact they are probably the heaviest inks we use. This is a result of the fleck or glitter that is used as the reflective element. Essentially metallic ink is a clear plastisol with glitter suspended in it and to me that sounds just awful, like having Kim Kardashian’s cellphone case glued to your teeshirt.

But wait, metallics are not just for the rich and famous fashion inept. When used intelligently and conservatively they can add a very unique texture and depth to the two-dimensional garment canvas. In the print photoed above we used a pale gold metallic to pop out the highlights without taking away from the classic feel that was the intention of the artiest. In this particular screen print we also used water based inks for the shadows, this will keep the hand soft and the finish as matte as possible.

There are hundreds of specialty plastisol inks out there like glow in the dark, black light, reflective and suede to name a few. If you have any questions about compatibility between ink systems or want to discuss options before starting up a new design just drop us a line. We either know it or we’ll learn about it together.

Wheels of Fortune 7

We welcome you to join us at the 7th Annual Wheels of Fortune female skateboarding showcase taking place May 8th, 2016 in Seattle, WA, USA at All Together Skate Park. The top three competitors in the Advanced Division will be awarded cash prizes, with all other divisions collecting generous prize bags for finishing in top positions.

The Wheels of Fortune contest is unique among other skateboarding events, as it is one of the only international competitions highlighting women and youth. There are multiple divisions including:

  • Advanced Girls
  • 12&Under Co Ed
  • Beginner Girls
  • Intermediate Girls
  • “Golden Girls” (30 & Up)
  • Ramp Jam
  • Best Trick

Custom Marker Flags for Stevens Pass

Our friends at Stevens Pass Ski Resort were in need of some flags to mark features in their terrain park. They were looking for something that would hold up to high winds and would be visible in low light conditions so we borrowed some technology from the boat sail world and put together these pole mountable units. Made from vinyl coated polyester for the sleeve and heavy weight flag material for the visible triangle. We cut them out, printed them up and sewed them together. Let us know if you have a custom print and sew project and we’ll get you taken care of.

Sewing and Embroidery

Screen-printing, embroidery and re-labeling go hand and hand. Here at The Foundry we have a full service in-house relabeling department made possible by our industrial flat bed machine and a post machine that’s ideal for applying patches to hats. Our embroidery machine is an industrial SWF 15 needle capable of the highest quality embroidery on flats such as jackets and wovens as well as all types of headwear. These assets combined with our state of the art print facility make The Foundry Seattle’s one stop shop for all your retail and promotional garment embellishment. Learn more about our pricing and sales structures here. Pricing and general information