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The fabric is sourced, lengths printed up, then sent to a factory to be sewn into the garments required. It's often referred to as "cut and sew".
 

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The fabric is sourced, lengths printed up, then sent to a factory to be sewn into the garments required. It's often referred to as "cut and sew".
thanxs.....thatz how i thought they were done.....does anbody know how much it cost to do a hoodie like that?.... and a good manufacturer that people have actually used in the U.S.?......
 

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Hi Dontex,
First you must indicate the sort of quantity per fabric design you are going to order, then someone can come up with a rough idea. A lot of these all over printed Hoodies are manufactured in the Far East.
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I doubt if you will get anyone to make 50-100. You may but the price will be sky high. China is not an option for you they just won't entertain those small amounts. Suggest you have a rethink
 

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Hey, I also am looking for custom "all over" print hoodies. Any clues where to find them. I don't mind ordering from China. I afraid they will make knock offs of my design. or they will just make more of my design for themselves to sell.
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One solution may be to run it through a printer with a large format machine or maybe even a belt printer?

As long as they have large enough screens you could print in fabric blocks but you'll need to size out your blocks so that you don't waste fabric. If it's a one color hit it shouldn't be too costly and you can run samples this way and see how the reaction is. Maybe you'll get orders for 1000+ and then you can send it overseas for them to do it for you!

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I knew someone who did about a dozen once. How? He printed the fabric himself, and he had his mother sew them. You might laugh, but it worked. There's good margin in boutique hoodies, even in the US. That means there's room for creativity in getting it done. If you're planning small, you've got to think small.

No factory will touch the order... so find an independent sewing contractor. There are places that will print short runs of fabric (Jasonda linked to one in the belt printing sources thread), and there are perfectly competent people willing to sew low quantities. You'll just have to employ people and manage the project yourself, rather than finding a company who'll do it for you.
 

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I knew someone who did about a dozen once. How? He printed the fabric himself, and he had his mother sew them. You might laugh, but it worked. There's good margin in boutique hoodies, even in the US. That means there's room for creativity in getting it done. If you're planning small, you've got to think small.

No factory will touch the order... so find an independent sewing contractor. There are places that will print short runs of fabric (Jasonda linked to one in the belt printing sources thread), and there are perfectly competent people willing to sew low quantities. You'll just have to employ people and manage the project yourself, rather than finding a company who'll do it for you.
Its called rotary printing and done by a very expensive machine. The set up charge for each screen costs is £100 per colour.
 

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Its called rotary printing and done by a very expensive machine. The set up charge for each screen costs is £100 per colour.
Rotary printing is not the definitive answer, nor what I was describing.

Rotary printing is all well and good, but like I said above - if you're trying to produce small you've got to think in line with your production goals. And realistically most people looking for all over print hoodies are small timers dreaming of big things. As you said, rotary printing is expensive - but it's not the only way.

If you can afford it, great - use the best equipment available. But if not there's more than one way to get the job done, and rotary printing is an irrelevance to those starting out on a small budget. Manual printing can still accomplish this just fine. You just have to know what you're doing or find someone who does. It's not something you can get done at any ol' screenprinter, but it can be accomplished.
 
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