T-shirts (t shirt, tee shirt or just simply tee) are usually made of cotton fibres, or cotton blended in together with polyester, which are knitted together in a particular way, giving it that soft, smooth feel.
When it comes to t-shirt printing, there is a vast range of possibilities of actual garments. Ranging from lower end ringspun cotton t-shirts to high end combed cotton t-shirts.
Then there's the choice of cotton-polyester blends. Our top quality service ensures that you are advised of the exact styles of t-shirt or other garments that suit your particular needs.
Fun Fact – In 1939 the first promotional T-shirt was printed for "The Wizard of Oz"
There are a number of different methods for t-shirt and garment printing. It is up to you as to which method you go for. This would be based on what type of finish you are looking for, and of course how much you're looking to spend! We will of course advise you on your best options for both cost effectiveness and quality. The main methods we employ are the most common methods when it comes to t-shirt printing and general garment printing. These include vinyl transfer, silk screen printing, embroidery and digital transfer.
Screen printing employs mesh screens which are created to only allow ink to flow through to the areas on the t-shirt where that particular colour is required. Different screens are used for each different colour to produce the desired result of t-shirt print. This method allows for a quick process for high volume orders.
Vinyl transfers are thin, coloured plastic sheets cut out to your design, and then pressed at high temperatures onto the t-shirt. The glue on the reverse of the vinyl fuses with the garment fibres, creating a very strong adhesion, and a very high quality product and fantastic looking t-shirts. We also offer a flock vinyl – this is similar to the flex vinyl mentioned earlier, but has a light textured furry feel. It is slightly thicker than flex, and offers a slightly more premium feel.
Embroidery is very popular option for logos, monograms and business branding on t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and much more. Embroidery gives that real quality edge to your garments, giving you that much desired professional look – perfect for workwear for your business.
With digital transfers, your image is printed straight out of a high quality printer, onto the transfer paper, ready to be pressed onto a t-shirt. This simple process removes the need for high setup costs, whilst providing a high quality, full colour t-shirt print.
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There is so much to be said about this town, so we'll give a brief overview for those of you that are interested!
Kingston upon Thames, known more simply as Kingston, was the ancient market town where Anglo-Saxon kings were crowned. Kingston was located on the boundary of the ancient kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia.
The ancient parish of Kingston once covered a rather large area, including Kew, New Malden, Hook, Thames Ditton, East Molesey, Petersham, Richmond and Surbiton, before being granted the status of Borough in 1481. This in turn decreased the area that Kingston officially covered.
One of Kingston's most notable landmarks are the famous red telephone boxes – these disused telephone boxes have been tipped over onto one another in a domino-like arrangement. The sculpture is titled "Out of Order", and is an odd but fascinating part of what makes Kingston so wonderful.
There are numerous historic references to Kingston as a host of bustling markets from back as early as the 13th Century. In 1628, King Charles I granted Kingston upon Thames a Royal Charter forbidding any other markets in a seven mile radius of the town. Today, Kingston is home to two permanent markets in the centre of the town, along with regular visiting markets around the festive seasons.
For more information on Kingston upon Thames, you can visit www.kingstonfirst.co.uk