Embroidery & Printing

Embroidery & Printing

Embroidery & Printing

Here at Shotbowl we have been specialising in embroidery and printing for over 25 years. From initially starting off with a single head embroidery machine to simply add customers names to their clothing, we have expanded into a full scale production facility. With two six head embroidery machines, a single head embroidery machine, vinyl cutter, sublimation printer and toner printers we can cover all your branding needs.


Not every logo is suitable for embroidery or printing. There are many different aspects to consider. Below we have laid out the advantages and disadvantages for each method of decoration.


See below the details for which method would best suit your logo.


Embroidery

Embroidery is the main go to method for most chest logo's. It is by far the most durable method for decoration. With our in house design team we can convert your logo into a digitised version. There is no minimum order when it comes to embroidery which makes it great for small repeat orders.

Advantages

  • Embroidery has few restrictions as to where it can go.
  • We can embroider onto most fabrics.
  • It can be as a chest logo or back logo's.
  • Lots of colours of threads to choose from.
  • Very durable.
Disadvantage

  • If you reduce the logo/wording too much, it can become messy and illegible.
  • Heavy logo's on thin material can cause the material to pull and pucker.
  • Detailed logos or logos with fading in the graphics are hard to replicate.

Vinyl Printing

Vinyl Printing is perfect for simple logo's and decorations. We use the highest grade of vinyl which can be washed up to 80°. This was designed with the hospitality industry in mind that requires their garments to be washed at high temperatures to kill bacteria. When used on normal corporate and sports clothing that are only washed at a standard 30° - 40°, it will generally last longer than the garment itself.

Advantages

  • Much lighter than embroidery and gives a sharper look to the logo.
  • Can be applied to a range of fabrics.
  • As it sits on top of the fabric it will not cause puckering.
  • Our Vinyl does not crack like many cheap vinyls on the market.
  • Ideal for large decorations.
  • Very durable.
Disadvantage

  • Can not reproduce fades and shades.
  • Not ideal for 4/5+ coloured logo's.
  • Not ideal for small intricate detail.

Subli-Tex

Subli-Tex is great for those really colourful logo's. This method involves sublimating your logo onto a special media that is then heat pressed onto your garments.

Advantages

  • Can be applied to most garments.
  • Great for logo's with lots of shades, fades and effects.
  • No minimum orders.
Disadvantages

  • More expensive than vinyl printing.
  • Thicker than vinyl so large prints are more noticeable.

Sublimation

Sublimation is ideal for multiple logo's, or large logo's with multiple colours when you want to keep the cost down. Sublimation ink is heat pressed into polyester fabric and once dried is colour fast and will not bleed.

Advantages

  • Sublimation ink dies into the fibres of the fabric so you do not notice the decoration.
  • Great for multiple colours and multiple logo's.
  • Ideal for sports fabrics.
  • Very durable.
Disadvantages

  • Can only be applied to polyester garments.
  • Garments need to be be light in colour.
  • More expensive than vinyl and embroidery.

Screen Printing

Screen Printing is what most people think of they think of printing onto garments. A screen needs to be setup for each colour within a logo, and there is a minimum order of 25 garments. As it is an ink that is layered on top of top of the fabric. It can create a thick feel which over time can crack.

Advantages

  • For high quantity orders, it is the most cost effective method of printing.
  • Ideal for logo's with few colours.
  • Can print on lots of fabrics and in lots of positions.
Disadvantages

  • Can have a high setup cost if there are lots of colours in a logo.
  • Minimum order of 25.
  • Quality of print not as high as vinyl print.

Toner Printing

Toner printing is great for logo's that would normally require lots of intricate weeding if used on vinyl. It is also great for logo's with lots of detail or for logo's that have fading incorporated into the design.

Advantages

  • No minimum orders.
  • Can includes fades and shading.
  • No weeding so great for intricate logos.
Disadvantages

  • Not as durable as vinyl printing.
  • Colours are not as vibrant as vinyl printing.

Glitter Vinyl

Glitter Vinyl Printing is very similar to standard vinyl printing and again is perfect for simple logo's and decorations. These are really popular for personal prints or prints that need to standard out and look a bit more eye catching.

Advantages

  • Much lighter than embroidery and gives a sharper look to the logo.
  • Can be applied to a range of fabrics.
  • As it sits on top of the fabric it will not cause puckering.
  • Our Vinyl does not crack like many cheap vinyls on the market.
  • Ideal for large decorations.
  • Very durable.
Disadvantage

  • Can not reproduce fades and shades.
  • Not ideal for 4/5+ coloured logo's.
  • Not ideal for small intricate detail.

Flock

Flock is used in a similar way to vinyl. The main difference is that it is thicker and is generally used to create a raised texture to decoration. Very popular in American style fonts and themes.

Advantages

  • Much lighter than embroidery and gives a sharper look to the logo.
  • Can be applied to a range of fabrics.
  • As it sits on top of the fabric it will not cause puckering.
  • Ideal for large decorations.
  • Very durable.
  • Can be used in conjunction with Sublimation so extra patterns can be created.

Disadvantage

  • Not ideal for small intricate detail.
  • Can not layer Flock on top of one another.

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