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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The Ins & Outs of T-Shirt Design

T-shirt design at Threadbird is so much more than just picking up a design, plopping it on a plain white tee, and then shipping it off to you. We take a custom approach to everything we do and we want you to know about all the incredible options you have with us.

First of all, we offer six different kinds of printing styles for t-shirts and other apparel:

  • Premium Standard
  • Discharge
  • Waterbase
  • Plastisol
  • Process
  • Foil

You can read more about these on our Apparel Printing Styles page and choose the one that best suits your t-shirt design and material. For now, it’s just important to know that our standard style of printing, Premium Standard, is anything but ordinary and it blows our competition out of the water. Not to brag. But really.

Second, not only will your finished product be stellar, but we’ll also help you prepare your art for printing with product-specific templates, provide you with instructions on how to prep your art files and answer any other questions you have along the way.

And lastly, we also offer plenty of t-shirt design add-ons, like custom printed tags, sewn tags, hang tags, professional folding and bagging and more. So don’t hold back. Just let us know what you want and we’ll make it happen!

  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design
  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design

T-Shirt Design Tips

Get a graphic designer.

Let’s face it – some of us are artistically challenged. And there’s no shame in that. But when it comes to your business or your brand, you want to make a good first impression. And nothing makes you look like a few teens working out of a dimly lit basement more than poor quality t-shirt design. If it’s your goal to get professional quality custom tees, and you’re not an artist yourself, consider budgeting for a graphic designer. We also have some great recommendations handy for companies that can “transform” your art into usable, screenprint-ready vector files.

Limit the details. Sometimes.

On the other hand, you may be the greatest artist on the planet, but that still doesn’t mean your masterpiece will look awesome on a shirt. Complex detail can be great on canvas, but when it comes to t-shirt design, simpler is usually better. Try picturing your design on a shirt while you sketch it out and make an effort to simplify things without stifling your creativity. Process printing and halftones alike do an amazing job of capturing and creating detail with more complex designs – feel free to ask us more about that!

  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design
  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design

On the same note, there ARE certain times when detail is great. Like when you place your order. Give us any and all details you have – even if you think it’s too much. Does your design need to be off-center or center? What specific Pantone colors do you want? Do you have a preference on ink type? Will you have more than one print location on each shirt? Let us know! More is always better in this case and specific details will really help us expedite the process.

Stay on top of industry trends.

Certain kinds of t-shirt designs and styles are really in right now. For example, longer tees and pocket printing are currently trending. But what’s trendy now, might not be in five minutes. So if you’re going for a look that younger consumers will like, make sure to keep up with industry trends by following fashion-inspired blogs or fashion designers on Instagram. It never hurts to take note of what your competitors are doing.

Know your customer – and if you think you do know it all, dig even deeper.

Take the time to really get to know whatever market you’re in. Who is your consumer? What other kinds of brands do they like? How do they spend their time? What’s important to them? Answers to these questions will help you craft a t-shirt design that clearly resonates with your consumers while also distinguishing your brand from the pack.

Find a good GREAT printer.

When it comes down to it, a printer can seriously make or break your custom t-shirt design. Threadbird has won several awards for our high quality t-shirt printing methods and we have a long list of happy clients to attest to the great work we do!

Give us a call, chat with us on our website, or shoot us an e-mail today and let us help you create a custom t-shirt that will WOW your customers.


Every Question You Ever Had About Custom Embroidery – Answered!

When you think of embroidery, it’s okay to admit that your first thought is an image of your granny hard at work at her sewing machine. No worries – we get it. But we also want to let you know that custom embroidery at Threadbird is really so much more.

Here at Threadbird, we make it our goal to sit down with each of our clients and really find out what it is they want. We want you to go crazy and make your hats, polos and jackets something that’s really you. There’s no pressure to conform to the norm. It’s just you, your awesome ideas, and our team of design experts, working to help you turn your vision into reality.

Threadbird Hat Custom Embroidery - 3D Puff

But first, what is embroidery?

Great question! Embroidery is the process of decorating an item made of woven fabric with needlework. This needlework is usually comprised of thousands of stitches of thread or wool that are carefully stitched into a material (usually woven fabric). While this process used to be done by hand, today, modern custom embroidery is done with high tech machinery and digital embroidery file designs.

What kinds of products can be embroidered?

Embroidery is a very traditional form of decoration that can be used to decorate almost anything from towels and quilts, to tapestries and dresses. But don’t give in to your assumptions and start visualizing dusty bed skirts, table cloths and doilies, because Threadbird isn’t really into those things (thankfully).

Instead, we work with modern clients in a modern world, where custom embroidery is alive and well, distinguishing up-and-coming small businesses and setting our clients apart from the masses. We offer custom embroidery for the following (and more):

  • Beanies
  • Ballcaps
  • Flatbill hats
  • Military hats
  • Jerseys
  • Hoodies
  • Cardigans
  • Jackets
  • Sport zip-ups

If you want another product embroidered and aren’t sure if we can do it, just ask! There’s a very good chance we can help.

Our Custom Embroidery Process

First of all, here at Threadbird, we’re big fans of options. So we offer two kinds of custom embroidery: flat and 3D puff.

  • Threadbird Trucker Hat Custom Embroidery
  • Threadbird Puff Hat Custom Embroidery

Flat embroidery is just what it sounds like. Flat.

3D Puff is an embroidery technique we use to raise your designs and make them look 3-dimensional and puffy. Hats, jackets and other kinds of outerwear typically work best for this kind of embroidery, and the less detail in the design, the better.

Once you have made your choice and submitted your design, we’ll send it off to production to get a stitch count. (This is the number of stitches needed to successfully embroider your design.) Our pricing is based off of that stitch count, which is usually anywhere from 3,000 stitches on up.

Once we have a stitch count, we’ll give you a final quote, which will include the cost for the stitch count and the base price for your hat, polo or jacket.

Our custom embroidery process is simple and straightforward and we like it that way. We think you will too! So whether you need some fresh custom embroidered polos for your first small business trade show, or custom hats to boost your pickleball team spirit, our crew here at Threadbird is looking forward to partnering with you to create a one-of-a-kind design that you love.


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.

revivalists

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.

train

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.

santa cruz

 


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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back

  • 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.