Hey this is my first post, but I have been reading these forums for daysss, they are a huge help.
Anyways, I am looking for some ideas on how to save money when it comes to screenprinting neck labels. The main dilemma is that each size (s, m, L, etc..) requires making a new screen, thus resulting in 5 extra screen charges. And depending how nice your printer is, sometimes 5 new setup charges as well.
Here are a few ideas we have brainstormed, please help out in creating some quality ideas that can help lower costs.
1. I asked printer if he could put some tape over the other "size letters" (s,m,l,etc.) so that the ink would show through just on the size needed. Tried that, but the ink still bleed through.
2. Perhaps typing out each size.. s | m | L | xl | 2xl
on the label and have them all printed the same. Then afterward using a fabric pen to circle around the appropriate size of the garment. Haven't officially tried this idea but I have a strong feeling it is going to turn out funky looking.
3. I noticed someone from another thread suggested size tabs, that you could possibly sew in. This isn't a bad idea either, but I would rather not have to deal with the sewing and if I'm making a tagless label I might as well keep it all tagless.
4. My printer suggested a basic label graphic with no sizes printed on each garment. That would only be one screen, one setup charge. And then purchasing some small stickers with sizing letters on them that you could put underneath the label. Think new era, but not as ornate, just enough to specify the size to a customer. This idea seems pretty nice, does anyone know a cheap source for stickers like this?
I'm not sure if there is another thread focusing on this topic, if so pleas let me know.
These are just a few ideas we had, but I'm hoping some of you guys might have some interesting ideas as well. I think screenprinted labels allow more customization to the garment and have a nice look, now if we can just figure out how to print just one design for the inside of each shirt, and still be able to distinguish between sizes, we can have that extra customization at a great price as well. Please help me out if you can. Thanks