Which logo application method is best for uniforms?

October 6, 2023

Have you ever heard about Serigraphy and Silk-screen? This is nothing more than a traditional method of logo printing using inks.

In this article we will talk about the types of embellishments (logo insertion options) sometimes through screen printing inks and sometimes through lines (embroidery) that we use for custom t shirt printing.

Silk (printing in ink) along with embroidery remains one of the most common ways of applying your logo to management or commercial uniforms, however, most people are unaware of the method and even confuse the term screen printing with “Silk Screen”.

What is Screen Printing?

In a few words, screen printing is a printing technique developed in China around the 16th century, spread throughout Europe over the years and popularized in the United States in the 20th century with the term “Silk Screen”.

Silk Screen printing is still considered the one that offers the best benefits in all aspects, that is, with Silk Screen printing it is possible to obtain different types of textures and incomparable durability.

In short, with Silk printing you can customize any type of fabric such as: cotton, synthetics, elastane, polyester, leather, nylon, among others. You can also apply prints to materials with different compositions, for example: wooden objects, acrylics, glass, iron, PVC, among others.

What is the Silk Screen process on t-shirts?

In Silk Screen printing, the ink is applied directly to the fabric. The print can have different types of colors and textures, unlike embroidery, which has small limitations on thread colors. Silk Screen can achieve incredible results especially on small prints. But the most sought after results are those where the print is light, without touch or textures.

Of the different types of results, the most common are high relief prints, foam effects (print with puff ink) or rubberized (print with plastisol ink) but the most sought after as previously mentioned are common silk (without touch or textures) .

Stamping process

The ink is usually inserted onto a screen printing screen and applied to the t-shirt by a professional (Silk screen printer) or by an automatic printing machine (Silk Screen carousel). The permeable parts engraved on the screen allow the ink to pass through, forming the print on the fabric.

What type of uniform can be Silkado?

Silkening your company’s logo, instead of embroidering it, is ideal if you want to have a high definition result, as unlike embroidery, this printing method has great definition for logos with sizes below 12cm.

Similarly to embroidery, uniforms designed for silk screen have no limitations on logo positions. In some cases there are limitations if there are linings on the inside of the uniform, which is the case with the jacket.

As we value the quality of the final product, we always inform our professionals to apply 3 layers of each color to strengthen the silk screen on the fabric.

At Dallas Shirts & Uniformes, we offer a variety of locations to insert logos on uniforms. Some other options are available the you can think, so we’ve made it super simple.

We’ve created a cheat sheet with all the logo positions you can choose from. We even specify which logo insertion method you can use – embroidery or silk screen (direct printing on clothing). You can download it, it is available somewhere on this page.

What is the ideal place to insert your logo? And what positions are available for the logo insertion method you chose?

Here at Dallas Shirts, we offer different locations to insert logos on uniforms. More choices exist than you would think.

To make this even simpler, we’ve created a cheat sheet with all the logo positions you can choose from. We even specify which type of embellishment you can use – embroidery or direct-to-garment printing.

What is an embroidered logo?

An embroidered logo refers to uniforms where the company logo is stitched into its fabric. Embroidering a company’s emblem is a long-lasting choice for brand representation. Embroidery is commonly used on Polos, Shirts, Jackets, Pants, Hats and Caps.

When you place your order at Dallas Shirts Uniformes, all embroidery is done in-house by our machine embroidery experts at our factory in Varginha.

What is the process for embroidering a logo?

Firstly, when your logo is delivered to us it goes through a digitization process. Your scanned logo is converted into a special file format that can be read by the embroidery machine. This is done in a specialized program that calculates the number of dots needed to replicate your logo in the most ideal way. During this process, we match your corporate colors to available embroidery thread colors to ensure your logo matches every touchpoint of your brand.

The embroidery location is marked on the garment to ensure the logo is applied consistently, and then each garment is configured into frames. They are then inserted into the embroidery machine programmed with your digitized artwork. Embroidery machines are like giant sewing machines, with thread entering the machine that is spun into clothing and digitally controlled by the machine operators.

Embroidery machines are capable of embellishing multiple pieces of clothing simultaneously. Our operators constantly check quality before, during and after the embroidery process.

What types of clothes can be embroidered?

Embroidering your company logo, rather than printing it, is ideal if you expect clothes to be washed repeatedly and in use for a long time.

In some cases, a garment may need to be partially deconstructed to allow for embroidery. When applying an embroidered logo to a lined garment, for instance, it may be necessary to remove the lining. In this case we did not work as it would take a lot of time to carry out the deconstruction and then carry out the work.

Some uniforms are designed to allow easy access to typical embroidery positions, without the need to deconstruct the garment. In some cases, such as dress shirts, it is easier as they are opened using buttons.

While it is preferable for the embroidery to go through a single layer of fabric, embroidery can go through multiple layers, such as pockets, for example, however it will restrict the movement of the fabric between the layers. In the case of pockets, if the embroidery goes through the pocket, it may result in the pocket not functioning as a pocket. Talk to one of our experts about ideal positions.

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