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.


How To: Getting the Best Screen Print from Your Design Files

So you’re ready to place a garment order. What’s next, you ask? There will be a number of steps to make sure we have everything you need, one being “high resolution or vectorized artwork”. What the heck does that mean? Well, allow us to explain.

High quality artwork is crucial in the screen printing process. The design you print is a major selling point for any clothing brand, band or retail company. It’s the reason your customers want to buy it from you, and we want all of our customers to succeed. Below we’ll answer some of the top questions that our customers have about artwork files.

“What’s a vector file?”

A vector file is a scalable art format that is most commonly associated with Adobe Illustrator. It’s a file that can be sized small enough to print on a baby onesie or large enough to fit on a billboard without any degradation or loss of clarity. It’s the favored file format of screen printers because it can be easily resized should the artwork require it.

“What does ‘high resolution artwork’ mean?”

It means that when zoomed in at 100% on an image, it has well defined, crisp lines. The two images below help illustrate that. On the top you see two seemingly identical images, but when you zoom in on the two images you’ll see the contrast between the two. The left image is muddy and not well defined. The image on the right, however, is clean without any blurriness or distortion.

  • Low Resolution Artwork File
  • High Resolution Artwork File

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Turnaround Time: What’s Really Happening?

So you’ve placed an order with us and are wondering, “What’s next?” or “How long is all this production stuff going to take?” Well, we can assure you that the Threadbird team is hard at work to keep your order moving and to get the best final product possible to your door.

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Here’s what happens once you submit and pay for your order.

Your digital mocks are created. Our Art & Mocks team immediately starts working to put together your designs and all necessary details for your approval before handing the final mock off to the printing team. You should receive it within 24 hours and the faster you approve the faster we can keep your order moving.

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. The average production time from mock approval is 5-7 business days. Any finishings or complex jobs may require additional time, which means 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. If you have any questions or concerns about your order in the meantime, please contact us at printing@threadbird.com.

 And finally, your order is on the way! We’re big fans of this part. We love when our customers finally get to see their finished product in person. Once you receive your order let us know what you think! Share some pictures and tag us on Twitter or Instagram or let us know if we can do anything else. We want to know how your experience was.

And that’s it! Not too bad, huh? If you’re ready to start the process, you can go here, or you can contact us at printing@threadbird.com.


‘Tis the Season for 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

It’s back! We’ve got a brand new Threadbird 12 Days of Christmas full of giveaways and holiday cheer! Yup. That’s a shiny, new giveaway every day from December 8th through the 23rd.

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Here’s how this works. Each day we will post on Twitter and/or Facebook about how to win the scheduled giveaway. It might be a race against the clock or a test of your brain so be sure to be on the lookout, and be sure you’re following us on both social accounts – maybe even on Instagram (@threadbird).

In addition to the daily posts, you can earn 1 entry towards the final giveaway on Dec. 23rd for every 50 apparel prints ordered through Dec. 16-23. For example, order 1,000 shirts and you will earn 20 entries towards the final giveaway – $500 in Threadbird Printing credit!

So what are we giving away? We thought you might ask.

Dec. 8th – 250 Vinyl Stickers (Up to 5×3 in)
Dec. 9th – 1000 Business Cards (14pt Gloss or Uncoated)
Dec. 10th – $25 iTunes Gift Card
Dec. 11th – 250 1” Buttons (up to 5 different designs)
Dec. 12th – $250 in Threadbird Printing Credit
Dec. 15th – iPod nano (color of your choice)
Dec. 16th – 1000 Business Cards (14 pt Gloss or Uncoated)
Dec. 17th – 250 1” Buttons (up to 5 different designs)
Dec. 18th – $25 Amazon gift card
Dec. 19th – 250 Vinyl Stickers (up to 5×3)
Dec. 22nd – Apple TV
Dec. 23rd – $500 in Threadbird Printing Credit

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins and miss out. Go FOLLOW us and LIKE us and check in on Monday!

Merry Christmas from the whole Threadbird team!


Best Printing Styles for Screen Printing

There is an ongoing debate over the best way to screen print. Threadbird Printing has been working to develop an answer so that we can continue to deliver the best possible product to our customers. What we’ve found is that each style has its pros and cons and there is not one perfect process. It also comes down to who is doing the actual printing (there are good printers and bad printers) and what the customer is looking for. Personally, I like my prints to be soft, either no-feel or with a slight hand (barely any feel). However, some customers associate a thicker print with higher quality.

One of the things I love about screen printing is the science behind it. The ink, as well as the shirt itself, have such an effect on the end result. The shirt color and fabric can affect the outcome of the print. An experienced printer knows this and can help you better understand what results you will get. For example, some people believe you can only use discharge on 100% cotton shirts. This is not true; however, discharge does work “best” on 100% Cotton. On tri-blends or 50/50 blends, a discharge print will come out looking faded and vintage which may be the look you are going for. If you are not looking for a vintage print and want to use discharge ink, 100% cotton is the only option.

So, let’s take a look at the 4 most popular print styles today: plastisol, waterbase, discharge and hybrid.

Plastisol

Plastisol screen printing is the traditional style of screen printing that has been around forever. It is the most commonly used ink for screen printing because it is the cheapest and most user-friendly. It works on all types of fabrics, produces bright colors and is perfect for color matching. Like the name implies, plastisol inks are essentially plastic. The major downside to using plastisol inks is that the thickness of the ink can make the final print a bit on the rough side, which can feel heavy and less breathable. Colors can also bleed together when they touch and you do not get as much detail. Very detailed prints with small dots or lines may not print well.
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The Threadbird Family Is Growing: Part 1

At Threadbird we love two things: quality screen printing and quality people. Over the past few months our team has welcomed on a number of new members. With each addition, we’re focused on keeping the culture we love while prioritizing customer service and the end product. We’re confident that these 3 talented guys will continue to help us do just that!


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Austin Cox – Sales & Support

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