When selecting clothing and apparel to be branded up with your message or logo, it's easy to get a little muddled with all the different terminology flying around. That's why we've put together this handy guide for you - so you know exactly what it is that you're looking at...

Promotional Clothing - the Basics

Basic Materials

Cotton Poplin: Poplin is a strong fabric in a plain weave of cotton with crosswise ribs that typically gives a corded surface.


Combed Cotton: Combed cotton is an extremely soft version of cotton made by specially treating the cotton fibres before they are spun into yarn.

Cotton Balls

Cotton Balls

Ringspun cotton: The term simply means that the fibre that makes up the fabric is sent through a process where it is spun before it is knitted or fabricated into the final product. Spinning the fibres creates a fabric that is generally more durable and softer, making it ideal for many clothing fabrics.


Poly Cotton Mix – Poly cottons: Poly cotton is a fabric made from a blend of cotton and polyester, commonly used to make bed sheets and clothes. It is both durable and comfortable and has a variety of uses.


Personalisation Techniques

Screen Print: Screen Printing is an art. It is a process of applying ink onto textile materials through a special silk mesh screen, and then the ink is dried using specialist drying machines. It requires specialist machinery, inks and screens. Highly durable and pantone matching available.

Screen Printing

Screen Printing

Embroidery: Embroidery is the process by which a design is sewn onto a garment using a computerised embroidery machine. The process gives a highly professional, quality long lasting appearance and is suitable for text or logos.

Embroidery

Embroidery

In order to produce an embroidered logo we have to manually redraw the logo in a format which can be read by an embroidery machine. This conversion process is known as digitisation.


Dye Sublimation: Dye-sublimation allows you to print photo-lab-quality pictures onto fabrics. In dye-sublimation printing, colors are not laid down as individual dots, as is done in inkjet printers. Inside a dye-sublimation printer, you would see a long roll of transparent film that resembles sheets of red, blue, yellow, and gray coloured cellophane. Embedded in this film are solid dyes corresponding to the four basic colours used in printing: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The print head heats up as it passes over the film, causing the dyes to vaporize and permeate the glossy surface of the paper before they return to solid form. When printed on fabrics, you cannot feel it.

Dye Sublimation Printing

Examples of Dye Sublimation T-Shirt Prints

Transfer print: Transfer Printing is the simple process of printing your designs onto special transfer paper material and then applying the transfer paper onto the t shirt or garment using a special commercial heat press. It enables full colour designs and photo graphs to be printed very quickly. This process can feel thick on garments and colours may start to fade after 10/15 washes.

Transfer Printing

Transfer Printing

If you have any further questions, queries or you’d like a quote on any promotional clothing then please just contact our sales team who will be happy to guide you.