Screen printing has been around for hundreds of years and is a proven method of personalising garments at relatively low costs. At ClickWear we print t-shirts, hoodies, polos and bags by the thousand every day on our screen printing machines. Screen printing is ideal for higher volume runs, particularly if the design has very few colours. If you require less than 50 garments, we generally recommend printing via DTG digital printing for designs with multiple colours.
Each colour of your design is separated and printed out onto a film positive and exposed onto a silk screen. Each screen is then lined up on the printing machine inks are mixed to the colours in your design and then added to the screens. The inks are then pushed through the mesh by the squeegees (rubber blades) onto the garment to create your image. The items are then carefully removed from the machine platens and then fed through the tunnel dryer at a temperature of 190 degrees, this cures the ink into the fabric which ensure the print will last as long as the garment.
Although screen printing is the most economic method of garment decoration, the set up is time consuming and for smaller runs can work out expensive. We would recommend that if you have more than 2 colours in your design and need less than 50 items you use the digital printing option
Due to the time and costs of originating and setting up the screens, the more you buy, the cheaper the printing becomes. For cheap screen printing, you want to order as many as possible at a time. Our machines can accomodate up to 12 colours and can print up to 750 t-shirts an hour.
If you need 100 plus t-shirts with a small number of colours in the design then screen printing is definitely for you. Click above to add this to your order, or if you have any questions always feel free to speak with one of the printing team.