Let’s take a second to dig into sublimation printing, also know as dye-sub.  Sublimation uses heat and pressure to transfer an image from a printed sheet onto a fabric sub-straight.  Because sublimation printing is only compatible with 100% polyester garments you’ll find it more commonly used in athletic applications like soccer jerseys, road bike jerseys etc.

Another important detail to note about sublimation printing is that it only works on white or very light colored garments.  In this video we are using the Threadfast 140A  t-shirt.  This is a great product because it’s sublimation friendly, fits like your favorite t-shirt and has a cotton like feel. Here’s a closer look at the tee we printed in the video.

Why is sublimation a good option?  Unlike screen printing, it’s a digital print so there are no screen setups involved making it more economical at a lower minimum. It also yields a very flexible and soft print that’s great for garments that undergo a lot of stretch and require breathable properties.

Sublimation is also a good solution for hat printing because it can hold high details and is affordable if you’re producing art that contains a high color count or gradients. We’ll use sublimation in patch work for all these same reasons. See examples below.

In all sublimation is a great system if used where its strengths outweigh is limitations. If you have any questions on sublimation feel free to give us a call.

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The Foundry

Why work with The Foundry over other shops?

  1. Ability: Our 4,000 sqft shop is full of top of the line equipment and experienced operators. With garment printing, embroidery, patches, sewing and printed vinyl all in one place we are the one business relationship for all your private label needs.
  2. Creativity: Our staff is passionate about apparel, art and trends both current and classic. This passion drives a know-how in our design and application approach to creating custom apparel. We help take your ideas and put them into a format that is both compatible with and unique to your intentions.
  3. Resourcefulness: We always promote the scenario where quality and affordability meet. There are multiple ways to execute any custom apparel project and you can count on us to plan around the best results for a practical value while maintaining our quality first credo. The Foundry’s extensive in-house resources makes for as little 3rd party vendor involvement as possible.
  4. Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to the quality of product and customer experience. We encourage our customers to share their thoughts to help us meet our commitments and deliver elevated results. Understanding the customers expectations, meeting them and managing concerns is what makes us Seattle’s one stop shop for quality custom apparel.
  5. Convenience: It is our job to know the process and be able to convey that information to the customer for their assurance. Our invoicing system outlines all of the garment and print information. We provide detailed mockups for every project with live approval and payment links. As well as due date and shipment tracking all from a single invoice view. This makes staying in know about your project easy and streamlined. We can ship to anywhere in the country or you can pick up from our location in South Seattle.

If you are looking to create the best custom garments and a value rich relationship look no further than The Foundry Print Shop Seattle.

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