How Apparel Finishings Can Take Your Brand To The Next Level

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With the custom apparel industry constantly growing and evolving, it may feel harder and harder to distinguish your brand. If you want your brand to stand out beyond just the quality of the screen-print itself, as well as increase your brand presence, check out the ways that apparel finishings can help you achieve that. We will go into detail about what we offer here at Threadbird, and how it can benefit your brand. Read on to learn how you can grow your tribe!

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What’s Big in Custom Apparel

As a team of people passionate about custom apparel, we spend a lot of time talking about trends and looking at new products. So we thought we should share with you some of the new stuff we like and trends we see, like the return of the oversized t-shirt, a passion for pull over sweatshirts, and from a sales volume point of view, the power of the Anvil 980 tee and the Canvas 3939 zip hoodie. So let’s dig into the how’s and the why’s of these trends to learn more.

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Ten Common Screen Printing Misconceptions

Professional screen-printing is widely done mainly using machinery, but there are some manual parts in the steps.  This means better overall quality versus other methods, but with it come a few things to keep in mind. These 10 common screen printing misconceptions hold true for screen-printers all around the world.

  • Tag Printing at Threadbird
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Rise & Design: Tuesday Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration to jumpstart your creativity this week?  Hopefully they brighten your day and inspire your creativity!

DKNG Studios

The guys at DKNG do great work. Being music lovers here at Threadbird, we love what this print is communicating. Music is beautiful. Coupled with a great, old-timey vibe.

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Zaib Ali

Check out Train Crossing on Dribbble, and don’t miss the rest of Zaib’s work. It was hard to pick just one for this week’s post. This piece has a real dreamy element, with the glare of the setting sun casting it’s shadow.

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Eric Ressler

Maybe it’s because we love the West Coast, or because this Santa Cruz Design really would look great on a t-shirt. But, Eric is definitely onto something with this minimal take on Santa Cruz and the 3 natural elements of Trees, Mountains and Water.

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How To: Have A Smoother Ordering Process

Sometimes in life there are opportunities to make things a whole lot easier on yourself (and others). Placing an order with us is no exception to that rule.

When you are ready, there are few simple steps you can take to guarantee a smooth and pain-free order process. Your Customer Service Rep may also want to hug you.

1. Details, Details, Details.

The more details you provide when you submit your quote request, the faster you’ll get your prints! Give us any and all details you have. There’s rarely such a thing as too much information in this case. The more we have the easier it is for our Customer Service Reps to quickly and accurately build your estimate with minimal back and forth and revisions.

What kind of details are we talking about?
  • Print location – Where do you want your design printed (Front, Back, Sleeve, etc)? Will you have more than one print location on the same shirt?

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  • Pantone colors – If you have any specific colors that you would like to print, you will need to provide us with a color from the Pantone Coated Swatch Book. If you don’t have a book, we will do our best to match the color we see on our screen to the one in your artwork, but be aware that oftentimes colors can appear differently from monitor to monitor.
  • Any special printing details – Does your print need to be a specific size? Does it need to be off-center? Remember, be specific if you need to!
  • Ink type – This will largely depend on the garment type you are using, however, let us know if you have a preference and we can tell you if it will work. You can learn more about your options here. You can also check out more about our ink printing styles in this blog post

2. Give Us the Breakdown.

We also need to know all the details about the garments you would like to print on. Which garments? Which garment colors? What is the size breakdown?  The more details, the merrier. Not sure which garments to print on? Don’t worry, just ask! One of our CSR’s can help you determine which garment(s) will be best for your particular project. You can also browse our garments here.

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When you’re figuring your number of garments, make sure you keep our minimums in mind! For example, all 1-2 color prints require a minimum of 24 pieces. You can get all the details about our minimums here.

3. Not Just Any File Type…

To create a mock that will result in the best end result for your print job, our Art & Mocks team will need a high resolution vector file. Not sure if your file is what we need? Check out our File Prep page or this blog post for more details about what we’re looking for.

Before submitting your artwork, make sure your file is:
  • High Resolution
  • 300 dpi (dots per inch)
  • The desired size you want it printed
  • NOT: a photo, sketch, Paint or Word file, etc.

It’s as simple as that! Once you’ve submitted your Quote Request Form, one of our lovely Customer Sales Reps will build your estimate and before you know it your order and mocks will be approved, we’ll work our printing magic and your order will be on it’s way to your door.

Have questions? We’ll gladly answer them! Just shoot us an email at printing@threadbird.com.


A Special Back To School Deal

August Sale

 

Summer’s coming to an end, so we thought we might try to cheer you up with a Back to School Special! Now through the end of August, you can get the following bundle for only $415

  • 50 Printed T-Shirts (1 Color Design using Premium Standard Ink on Anvil 980) What’s better than your design on this always popular and super soft t-shirt! 
  • Printed Tags (Includes 4 Tag Setups) Make your shirts just a bit more custom!
  • Free Shipping (Continental US Only) Because who doesn’t love free?!
  • BONUS: 100 FREE 1-Inch Buttons! These make great promotional extras to giveaway or share with customers and fans.

What’s the catch?

There isn’t one! We just have a few restrictions to make sure you’re getting the best prints possible, and quickly!

  • Additional fees will apply for 2XL garments and larger
  • Additional fees will apply for more than 4 Tag Setups ($5 Per Tag Setup)
  • Free Shipping is UPS Ground (Additional Fees apply to Expedited Shipping)
  • Free Shipping does not apply outside of the Continental US
  • Order must be accepted and paid for by 4pm EST on Monday August 31 to receive discount.
  • Cannot be backdated or extended.
  • Sale may not be applicable to event or rush jobs (Check with your Customer Service Rep).
  • Please note: Turnaround time may be slightly longer with the sale.

Ready to get your order started?

Head on over and fill out the Quote Request Form to send us your order. Need help making decisions on your order? That’s what we’re here for! You can contact us now and we’ll help you out!