Threadbird 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Ho Ho no we didn’t. Oh yes we did! We’re bringin’ back the Threadbird 12 Days of Christmas. We’re giving away 12 days worth of awesome prizes (and we didn’t hold back). If you’re new around here then you may be a bit lost, so let me break it down for you. We are giving away a prize every business day from December 8th until December 23rd. Why? Because we’re pretty cool, but mostly because we think our customers are awesome and want to treat you this holiday!


To participate in the giveaway, and to get your hands on one of our awesome prizes, you must first LIKE the Threadbird Facebook page, & follow us on Instagram & Twitter. This is where we will be posting instructions on how to enter for each daily contest.

Each giveaway will begin at the time of posting and end at 11:59pm CST on December 23rd. That’s right, you can enter as many times as you’d like (for one or all days) up until Christmas Eve! On top of that, each time you enter a contest you will automatically be submitted for our Grand Prize, a $500 Threadbird Printing Credit.

Remember when you were younger & your parents said you weren’t supposed to sneak a peek at your gifts before Christmas? Well, we’re not your parents. Take a look at the awesome prizes we’ve got lined up for you this year!

December 8th-The Original Bell Jar Table Lamp from Southern Lights ElectricEnter Now!
December 9th- 200 Custom Stickers (Die cut up to 4” in either direction) A $250 value! – Enter Now!
December 10th-A Custom Penny Board from Penny Skateboards. – Enter Now!
December 11th- A “Roo” Hammock from our friends at Kammok. – Enter Now!
December 14th-A $300 donation to a Charity of your choice, made in your name. –Enter Now!
December 15th-$100 Giftcard to Nisolo. –Enter Now!
December 16th-A New 32GB Apple TV. –Enter Now!
December 17th-A $250 Threadbird Print Credit. –Enter Now!
December 18th- The new Fitbit Charge. –Enter Now!
December 21st-1000 Free Custom Business Cards. –Enter Now!
December 22nd-A 1 Year Scholarship to Skillshare. –Enter Now!
December 23rd- Our Grand Prize: $500 Threadbird Printing Credit!Enter Now!

All of the winners will be announced on December 24th at 2pm CST over on our Facebook page.

 

Good Luck & Happy Holidays!

-Threadbird Team


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.


Printing Minimums: What Are They and Why Do They Exist?

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“Can I order just one shirt?”

Don’t worry, you’re not the first person to ask. This is an incredibly common question in the screen printing world. At Threadbird, the short answer is “no”. We have a minimum of 24 pieces on every order of up to 2 colors.

“But why? I don’t need 24 shirts.”

Great question. It all comes down to time. Screen Printing is a mechanical process that involves machines, manual labor and time. It takes the same amount of time to setup a job with 1 shirt as it does a job with 100 shirts. When the costs involved are averaged over 100 shirts, the order is affordable for the customer. But, when the same costs are averaged over 1 or 2 shirts, the order is no longer affordable.

At Threadbird, our minimum is 24 pieces per design because that is the lowest point at which your order is still economically feasible.

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“Makes sense. But I’ve seen places that will print just 1 shirt.”

Indeed you have. There are many places out there where you can have just 1 shirt printed. These places use a completely different printing process called Direct-to-Garment (DTG). DTG printing is digital printing. It’s like running your t-shirt through a color printer, rather than dyeing and painting each t-shirt.

“Why doesn’t Threadbird print Direct-to-Garment?”

Another great question. Quality has always been one of our highest priorities at Threadbird. And while DTG printing can meet peoples needs, it does not hold the same quality as traditional screen printing. Colors are not as vibrant and printing typically needs to be done on light colored garments.

“Are there any other factors that affect the minimum order amount?”

Yes, as we mentioned above, 24 pieces is the minimum for all orders of up to 2 ink colors. The following minimums are based on the # of ink colors in your design:

  • 3 Ink Colors – Requires a 36 piece minimum
  • 4-6 Ink Colors – Requires a 50 piece minimum
  • 7-10 Ink Colors – Requires a 100 piece minimum

And lastly, there are a few other situations where minimums are a little bit higher.

  • Tag Printing – Requires a 50 piece minimum
  • Sewing Hem Tags – Requires a 50 piece minimum

“Makes sense. I’m ready to place an order! Now what?”

If you have your order and design ready for us, you can start here. Our team of all-stars will help you figure out pricing and answer any other questions you may have along the way. You can also always shoot your questions to printing@threadbird.com.


Threadbird Top 5: Summer Garments

Temperatures are warming up, sunshine and blue skies are making a comeback and we’re getting ready for your summer apparel orders! We know picking the right garment can be half the battle when placing an order, so we thought we’d give you a hand. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 Summer garments. These t-shirts and tanks are lightweight, soft and stylish, and we’ve got plenty more where these came from!

American Apparel 6401 – Unisex Sheer Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt

The classic. This ultralight, sheer jersey version of American Apparel’s legendary (and most popular item) Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt is great for just about any person or design. It results in a great print, too!

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American Apparel BB408 – Unisex Poly-Cotton Tank

Lightweight and cool. A unisex tank in 50/50 combed cotton/poly blend. Featuring a durable ribbed neckline, as well as durable ribbed arm openings. The combed cotton/poly blend provides an ultra soft, worn in feel and superior drape. This tank is another solid choice for any design.

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Canvas 3005 – Unisex Jersey V-Neck

The classic V. Outfit everyone in this conservative V-neck. Soft, classic unisex fit for all.

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Bella 8800 – Women’s Flowy Racerback Tank

Girly and lightweight. Made from Bella’s exquisite flowy poly viscose, this racerback tank’s rich and luxuriously soft fabric is designed to drape perfectly and accentuate your figure.

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Bella 8805 – Women’s Flowy V-Neck Tank

Trendy and flowy. Made from the same fabric as the Bella 8800, this v-neck tank is another flattering, flowy option to keep cool in through the summer and great for layering the rest of the year.

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Let us know if you have any questions about which garment is best for you! You can always email us at printing@threadbird.com or find more about our garments on our apparel page.


Your Threadbird Order is Being Processed: What Now?

When you place an order with Threadbird, our team immediately begins moving it through the system. You can help that process go smoothly and as quickly as possible by making sure your customer service rep has all artwork, sizing, due date (if specific) and shipping address with your order. We’ll handle the rest!

What exactly do we mean by “your order is being processed“? We’re glad you asked!

Once you’ve accepted and paid your invoice, here’s what’s next:

Your digital mocks are created. You should receive the mock for approval within 48 hours (usually faster).

  • Once you get the mock, double (maybe even triple) check the following:
    • Your Ship To address – This might seem obvious, but it prevents headaches down the road.
    • Finishing Options (printed tags, hang tags, fold and bag, etc.) – Do you have any? Are they shown on the mock?
    • Garment count for each size – Are all sizes and counts accurate?

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Our Purchasing department orders your blank garments.

  • We order your blanks right away to speed up your turnaround time. If you want to change your blanks, please let your customer service rep know as soon as possible to prevent additional delays and/or fees.

Your order goes into production.

  • Average production time after mock approval is 5-7 business days.
  • Any finishings and/or complex jobs may require additional time. Turnaround time is an estimate and not guaranteed.
  • If you have a specific due date, please be sure to let your customer service rep know when placing your order.
  • Questions or concerns about your order in the meantime? Contact printing@threadbird.com.

Your order is on the way!

  • You can expect an email with tracking information as soon as your order has shipped.
  • As much as we cross our fingers that it won’t be an issue, we can’t be held responsible for any shipping exceptions, i.e. inclement weather, lost packages, etc.

We understand you’re excited to get your order, so you can count on us doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible while delivering the best quality!


Stitching It Up With Threadbird Embroidery

Looking to do something a little different with your apparel? Embroidery is a great way to mix things up and looks great on hats, polos, fleece and variety of other options. We’ve put together a few points to help when considering an embroidery order.

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What you need to know:

  • Some details don’t translate well with embroidery. Small details and small lettering don’t come out as accurately, but the Threadbird Art and Mocks team will be happy to work with you to make sure the design turns out the way you want it.
  • Pricing for embroidery is based on the stitch count. If you don’t know what your design will require, feel free to email us for a quote.
  • When factoring the total cost of your order, don’t forget you will need to add the Base Embroidery Price from the stitch count to the item price of the desired garment. You can find those prices here.
  • Never hesitate to contact us with any questions you have along the way!

Thinking you might want some embroidery done? You can submit your order for a quote here.