Printed Hoodies and Sweatshirts
With our shop being located in Seattle naturally we print a lot of fleece. If you live in the Northwest you’re likely wearing fleece year around. We offer heavyweight styles that are great for the cold winter months as well as lighter weight styles that are great for layering and summer evenings. Amongst fabric weights there are several different fleece material configurations that promote properties like wickability for performance or water and wind resistance.
There are a lot of styles on the market to choose from, we are big fans of Independent Trading and Beimar fleece because of their finer construction and more modern fits. When it comes to hoodies and sweatshirts a little higher quality goes a long way and doesn’t always cost a lot more. You’ll also find that the higher quality fleece styles are going to take print better because of the finer face yarn of their knit.
There are many ways to print a hoodie or sweatshirt
Front, back and sleeves impressions are pretty common. We can also print on the kangaroo pocket of hoodies or on the hoods themselves. We can also use plastisol transfers to print the care and size information into the collar of the garments. Embroidery is also a very popular way to embellish hoodies along with patches and woven labels.
Printing on hoodies and fleece is pretty straightforward and similar to screen printing on tees. Because of the loftier nature of fleece you’ll find that art with tight registrations can be a little more difficult. Also printed images that contain high color counts are a challenge. With fleece being sensitive to heat it can shrink or become damaged from the temperatures needed to pre cure between colors.
From your basic hoodie with single color print to highly customized fleece projects that contain multiple types of embellishments. We have all the tools to guarantee the success of your next printed hoody and printed sweatshirt project.
Common Fabric Types
Cotton is ideal for screen printing because it deforms less than synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon and acrylic when exposed to the heat needed to cure screen printing inks. It is also the only fabric type that is fully compatible with water-based discharge printing.
Blend fabrics consist of cotton and other synthetic fibers such as polyester, acrylic or nylon. It is recommended that only plastisol screen printing systems be used on poly blend fabrics because the synthetic fibers use colorfast dyes that will not discharge. Some blends are more discharge compatible than others but testing should always be done before production.
Plastisol is the only screen printing ink system compatible with nylon and other waterproof fabrics. Nylabond additive is used to bond the plastisol to the nylon for a more durable and washable print. Because the melting temperature of nylon is close to the the curing point of plastisol ink some nylon prints must be manually flash cured, however our natural gas textile dryer is effective in most situations.
Garments that have 100% synthetic content are often referred to as performance fabrics because of their ability to wick moisture and dry quickly. Due to their hydrophobic nature only plastisol inks should be used to screen print these fabrics. The high amount of synthetic fibers and colorfast dyes require specially formulated inks to prevent dye migration from the garment to the screen printing ink.
With so many fabrics on the market we customize every job to the garment being printed. If customers choose to provide their own garments we strongly suggest they consult with our staff before purchasing them.