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Hi there.

I'm new to the forums, and I've just got a few questions to ask and I hope this is the correct place to ask them.

OK, recently I've decided to start my own clothing line, producing tee's, hoodies and sweatshirts. So far I've came up with a name, and have created around 25 designs in photoshop.

However, the next step is actually to produce them, and that's where I am stuck. I don't want to actually print/produce them, I want a company that does that part. I want to be able to send them my designs and for them to print the design onto the clothing. However I haven't been succesful in finding many of these companies, the best one being Merchspin | Home | An Orlando, Florida based merch printing, merchandise, apparel and t-shirt screen printing, foil, oversize print, order fulfillment and graphic design company. However the issue with merchspin is that they require a minimum order of around 36, which I think is too much.

I just want around 10 of my designs printed in perhaps 2 different sizes ( S & M/ M & L). So around 20 in total. Another thing that is essential is the quality of the material. I want the t-shirt to be extremely high quality and so too the print. The service needs to offer all-over printing as well.

So, what I am asking, do other companies like this exist? and if so, who would you recommend?

And if they don't exist, what would the alternatives be? As I said, I don't want to print them myself, so what companies offer high quality all-over prints, and what companies sell high quality t-shirts?

Thanks in advance for any response.

I live in Northern Ireland by the way.
 

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To get what you are asking for your best bet would be to find a contract DTG printing company and supply the garments to them. DTG works best on 100% cotton. The price will depend on the size of the print and whether or not it needs a white ink underbase.
 

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Starting out and you are looking at a really small number of shirts (try and stay with dozens, or at least a dozen to start...that's how as printers, we price for your best deal/breakdown).

Anyway, first off, limit your number of colors in a design. When you're looking at say one dozen shirts printed per design, you should limit your colors to one, two maximum. Otherwise, the price is going to really jump up. Typically, as screenprinters, we tell our customers that the order should be 12 shirts per color. (so, if your design has 5 colors to print, that's 5 dozen shirts that the pricing is based on).
Also, I'd suggest looking for a printer in Ireland, because between the shipping and I'm guessing, tarifs, the price would really jump.
I hope this helps.
 

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I have used JakPrints.com a lot in the past and they let you print 24 at a time. Not sure if that is to many as well, but I have really liked working with them.
 

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Hi there.

I'm new to the forums, and I've just got a few questions to ask and I hope this is the correct place to ask them.

OK, recently I've decided to start my own clothing line, producing tee's, hoodies and sweatshirts. So far I've came up with a name, and have created around 25 designs in photoshop.

However, the next step is actually to produce them, and that's where I am stuck. I don't want to actually print/produce them, I want a company that does that part. I want to be able to send them my designs and for them to print the design onto the clothing. However I haven't been succesful in finding many of these companies, the best one being Merchspin | Home | An Orlando, Florida based merch printing, merchandise, apparel and t-shirt screen printing, foil, oversize print, order fulfillment and graphic design company. However the issue with merchspin is that they require a minimum order of around 36, which I think is too much.

I just want around 10 of my designs printed in perhaps 2 different sizes ( S & M/ M & L). So around 20 in total. Another thing that is essential is the quality of the material. I want the t-shirt to be extremely high quality and so too the print. The service needs to offer all-over printing as well.

So, what I am asking, do other companies like this exist? and if so, who would you recommend?

And if they don't exist, what would the alternatives be? As I said, I don't want to print them myself, so what companies offer high quality all-over prints, and what companies sell high quality t-shirts?

Thanks in advance for any response.

I live in Northern Ireland by the way.
I have to tell you, I just placed 3 orders with MerchSpin in the last month and a half or so. I used them based off of a recommendation from a friend.

I placed all 3 orders on good faith without ever having a sample product. BAD move on my part.

My first order of 125 shirts arrived and I was eager to open the box. As soon as I did I spotted 3 MAJOR problems. The first problem being, even though I paid for upgraded Alstyle shirts...the shirts my design were printed on were to the equivalent of a Hanes undershirt. Very sheer, very thin...not what I asked for. Second problem was that the design was not printed edge to edge. I requested oversized printing, and was charged for oversized printing...however, did not get oversized printing. Third problem was that the screen printed tags I had them put on there were mislabeled. I should not pick up a Large and a Medium to find out I'm holding the exact same shirt.

I sent the order back and tried to communicate with them rigorously via email and phone calls. I kept getting excuses that the manager was out of town, etc.

Meanwhile, my second order arrives. The design was supposed to have the text printed in white ink with part of the design done in gold foil on a navy blue shirt.

This time the Alstyle shirts are correct, however, I immediately notice the text is printed in grey and not white. Upon further discovery, I found that gold foil was peeled off at least 40 of 50 shirts! Not only was the design printed in the wrong color and peeling off, the ink that was used had streaks all in it. Everywhere.

At this point I'm furious. I take several detailed pictures (probably around 25 or so) and email them IMMEDIATELY. I get more apologies and promises that a manager will contact me.

It's now been probably 2-3 weeks and no one has contacted me. Not my sales rep, not a manager.

I currently have around $1500 wrapped up in disputes with my bank in hopes of getting the money back for the severely flawed merchandise.

I recommend that you do NOT use MerchSpin after the experience that I have had. I'm sure many have had a positive experience, however, they managed to screw up 2 of 3 orders I placed. 175 shirts ruined and unsellable.
 

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Thanks for the responses guys.

The reason behind me only wanting a few t-shirts is that I'm only starting off and I assume it would be quite difficult to sell quantities of around 50. I would prefer to have 10 designs in quanitites of 2/3 rather than just the 1 design in quantities of 50.

I'll keep looking for alternatives, jakprints.com looks quite good.

I'm very much new and I don't really know what's the best way of printing, what is your favourite method of printing? Does the printing method depend upon the design? Am I allowed to show off a design, and then you guys could say whats the most appropriate method of printing it?

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The printing method does not usually depend on the design, but that said you may want to use different printing methods depending on your design.

For example: Lets say you are printing a photo or some other image with more then 4 colors in in and lots of fine detail you might want to just print it DTG to save yourself time and money.

But normally, and again in my experience, I try to shoot for a 3-4 color design that I can get silk-screened. The less colors the cheaper is the general rule of thumb for silk-screened shirts, but I find the quality to be well worth the cost.

So before you send your art to a printer you should be able to tell how many colors you have in the design and what is going to be the most cost effective printing for you.

I hope this has not been to confusing of an answer, please feel free to ask more questions, as getting it right the first time can save money and heartache.
 

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The printing method does not usually depend on the design, but that said you may want to use different printing methods depending on your design.

For example: Lets say you are printing a photo or some other image with more then 4 colors in in and lots of fine detail you might want to just print it DTG to save yourself time and money.

But normally, and again in my experience, I try to shoot for a 3-4 color design that I can get silk-screened. The less colors the cheaper is the general rule of thumb for silk-screened shirts, but I find the quality to be well worth the cost.

So before you send your art to a printer you should be able to tell how many colors you have in the design and what is going to be the most cost effective printing for you.

I hope this has not been to confusing of an answer, please feel free to ask more questions, as getting it right the first time can save money and heartache.
OK, I understand it. Well the majority of my t-shirt designs only have around 2-3 color's in it. I'm going to continue my research and see what happens.

I really just want to find a printer that produces top quality prints on high quality t-shirts, and all I do is send them my design.
 

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OK, I understand it. Well the majority of my t-shirt designs only have around 2-3 color's in it. I'm going to continue my research and see what happens.

I really just want to find a printer that produces top quality prints on high quality t-shirts, and all I do is send them my design.
Have you tried looking for a local screen print shop?

If you want high quality shirts and prints, your best bet is to make sure you use a contract screen printer with experience in printing for retail clients. Not all shops can handle all over printing, waterbase and discharge inks, etc. You will also want premium blanks. Some shops can source quality shirts, but another option is to source them yourself and drop ship to the print shop. I'm not familiar with Northern Ireland, but here's a list of printers in the US that offer all-over printing: http://www.t-shirtforums.com/screen-printing/t8891.html. This thread is a few years old, so I'm sure there are more shops offering all-over printing since it has become so popular. Try doing some searching on the forums and google to find more shops.

Hope this helps and good luck with your brand!
 

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the website is under maintenance , where you can send your artwork to [email protected] for us to understand your requirement in detail
No offense, but that sounds a little shady to me. Why do you need his artwork to understand his requirements? Couldn't he just provide specs without handing over his intellectual property?
 

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Images speak stronger than word , and easy to understand than long communication , hence if image given for logo and print with specification i can give a surprising quote or give me your email id for me to send details required for us to quote
 

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Also, how can I buy t-shirts but put my own clothing logo on the label? Thanks
Check out the "T-shirt Tag Relabeling and Finishing" section of the forums. There are tons of info there about relabeling blank shirts with your own branded label.

A brief summary:
The labels on t-shirts are required by law. But you can legally relabel them as long as the new label has the required info. You need to remove the original label and sew or print your label. There are a lot of variables involved, so it all depends on what blanks you use, what kind of labels you want, how much you want to spend, etc.
 
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