embroidery

Using Embroidery to Bring Your Design to Life

Breathe Life Into Your Design

While the typical go-to option for shirt embellishment is screen printing, embroidery is a form that might be perfect for your design. Since the thread is raised above the shirt to create the design, it has a physicality that brings the design to life. While one could argue that screen printing has the ink applied on top of the shirt, embroidery uses thread to make the design sculptural. The direction of the thread can adds detail. Custom embroidered apparel is not to be overlooked!

Filled with Inspiration

Embroidery is ubiquitous. Anya Hindmarch, Gucci, and Clio Peppiatt have all featured embroidery on the runway.

Today’s embroiderers find inspiration from nature, animals, and even Russia tsars’ clothing and French samplers displaying the alphabet. In other words, just about anything!

Make It Special

Custom embroidered apparel stands out. Although it is still an image, embroidered images look more tangible. The rounded bumps you can touch give embroidery a 3-dimentional look. People walking down the street can see it more vividly. This multidimensionality makes the design pop.

Things to Consider

Where do you want it?

You’ve chosen a design and picked out the garment(s) to feature your embroidered design, but where will you place it on the garment(s)? Embroidery can be conducted full-back (duck-cloth jackets only) or via chest sized logo that can go on the right or left chest, sleeves, or locker patch (i.e. under neck line, etc.).

One of the key benefits of embroidery is that offers unique placements for designs that you can’t always accomplish through screen printing?

What Fabric is Right for My Design?

It depends. Some designs are better paired with particular types of fabric. Find out the fabric’s weight and weave and consult with T.R. McTaggart for any questions you may have.

Dense Designs

If your design is dense and you can barely bend it, the embellishment will put stress on knits and lightweight or loosely-woven fabrics. A dense design might also look strange on fabrics that drape (unless you’re going for an avant-garde look!). Medium or heavyweight fabrics would be your best bet for offering the proper support to your design.

Delicate Designs

Pairing a delicate design with fleece or terry cloth might work well for dense designs, but not small spacious ones. The design can become lost in the fabric, and what’s the point of adding an embellishment if you can’t see it? However, apply this design on a smooth plain-weave fabric and your effort will show.

Plain weave is the most popular textile weave. Filling yarn weaves over and under each warp yarn, alternating rows. This process produces a lot of intersections.

How It’s Done

The steps for monogram underlay stitching include a central running stitch to form the backbone.

Another running stitch follows the outline of the letter’s shape, about 0.5 mm from the edge. This added structure makes the final stitching you see when you look at the garment looking smooth.

An open column stitch of approximately 10% density ties the rest of the underlay together and gives the finished satin stitch a the rounded quality you see on embroidered shirts.

Lock Stitches

A lock stitch is small group of stitches, close together and crossing each other. This is important to finish off the product.

Color

At this point, your design is perfect. So, you’re all good to go, right?

Even at this stage there are more important decisions to make. The color of the fabric is vitally important.

The background color of your apparel can either complement or detract from your design. A bold color can drown out a subtle pastel design. A color similar to color in the design will showcase that part of the design. The background color will determine how the design itself looks.

Artist Josef Albers studied the interaction of color and found that the same color on different backgrounds makes it appear that the colors are different. We don’t see colors by themselves, but rather in relationship to one another. Change one color in the design or the background and you can radically change the look of the outcome.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Will the design’s density significantly affect the fabric?
  • Does the fabric’s color, weight, and texture work together?
  • Could altering the design’s color resolve a discordance?
  • Would a reinforcement help or make it work?

Always using a backing is best, but certain designs might work without a backing if you choose stable, tightly-woven fabrics like organza or terry-cloth toweling.

Puckering and Distortion

Puckering and distortion occur when designs are too dense for their fabric. A large design is not compatible with knits or lightweight fabrics that drape. Since knits stretch horizontally, a vertical design will pull the knit up and down along its horizontal axis, causing the sweater to pucker. Add a backing to prevent this fate.

The Embroidery Process

In the Digital Age

Once you have your artwork ready, the design is then digitized. At T.R. McTaggart, we use a third part source that specializes in translating your 2-dimensional design into a sequence of stitches, taking into account speed, sequencing, color, and stitch length. This ensures complete accuracy in the embroidery process and is typical practice within the industry.

Starting Production

The process is a combination of machine automation and hands-on craftsmanship by our experienced staff. We load a spool of thread for each color and program the machine to sew the design. We hoop the garments to ensure the embroidered design is clean on the fabric, and re-loaded it into the machine. Then, we un-hoop the apparel and remove the stabilizer if applicable. Finally, we hand steam the hoop rings out of the garment.

Our Experience

At T.R. McTaggart we offer myriad thread colors, employ cutting-edge embroidery technology, and charge our experienced staff with producing the highest quality embroidered products in the industry. Our quality control processes ensure you don’t have to sacrifice durability for creativity. Our embroidery techniques will keep your logo in place for years to come.

This explains why for decades we have supplied high-quality embroidery items for a variety of businesses, organizations, and groups across the nation.

So, let’s get started! Make a big statement using simple thread to achieve your desired look!

Let’s Get to Stitching!

T.R. McTaggart follows a rigorous quality-control process to ensure precision in making your design come to life.

We provide custom embroidery on apparel and gift items, including:

  • T-shirts
  • Polos
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Hoodies
  • Fleeces
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Tote Bags
  • Handbags
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • And more!

Count on us for all your custom embroidered apparel needs! Contact us or call us today at (800) 433-0983 to get a quote. We look forward to working with you!

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/embroidery/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/design/embroidery-how-to-bring-designs-inspired-by-history-into-your-home-a6691106.html

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4411/machine-embroidery-a-marriage-of-fabric-and-design/page/all

http://www.embroideryarts.com/resource/files/faq/anatomy_of_a_knockoff.php

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4631/making-sense-of-stabilizers/page/all

http://www.headgearplus.com/embroidery.html

https://www.britannica.com/topic/plain-weave

http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML/Plate1Explanation.html

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4160/know-your-knits/page/all

 

 

custom screen printing

4 Reasons Why You May Need Custom Screen Printing

A Versatile Option

There are many reasons for custom screen printing. Screen printing is versatile because it is appropriate for a variety of personal, organizational, and business needs.

There are a variety of choices when applying graphics and branding to your apparel.

Options include:

  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Sublimation and heat press
  • Digital full-color imprints

Before choosing screen printing, consider the process that would best serve your concept. The design team at T.R. McTaggart can help you with that.

Why Screen Printing?

Screen printing is the most popular method of garment decoration. It’s also very affordable and is a highly economical and efficient method for printing in bulk.

Color and Design

When choosing the color of your shirt, think about it in relation to the colors of your design that will be printed on it. This will affect how stiff the print is, as well as the price.

It’s cheaper to print on light fabrics, such as white or heather grey, because the ink is more visible. If you select a dark fabric, you have to print a white under base so the colors in your design can be seen despite the dark background. This additional layer increases both the price and thickness of the print.

Each color adds to the cost because a new screen is made for each color. So, think about how many colors you actually need. Is there a way to get the same message across (and still make it look cool) with minimal colors? Could you strategically use the fabric’s color as part of the artwork? You want to consider cost versus effect gained.

On the other hand, maybe you have a design that demands a lot of layers to meet your vision. Sometimes this is the case. Just make sure you’ve weighed the alternatives first before you come to that conclusion.

No worries, though, because the design and sales team at T.R. McTaggart are here to assist you every step of the way. We can make your ideas come to life, and at an affordable price!

So what are the four main reasons why you may need screen printing services from T.R. McTaggart?

1. Outfit Your Sports Team

Custom screen printing is a great option for outfitting your sports team. At T.R. McTaggart, we offer screen printing on garments for nearly any sports teams, including:

  • Baseball / Softball teams
  • College intramural
  • Church leagues
  • Youth soccer
  • And more!

2. Boost School Spirit

Screen printing is great for apparel worn at school events and can boost school spirit through pride in school colors and showing off a beloved mascot. Whether you’re outfitting the math club or robotics team or want to give the glee club or the band a unified put-together look, screen printing is a fun way to accomplish that goal.

Order shirts with your school’s logo or mascot and students will be proud to wear it – and maybe even hang onto it as memorabilia. Custom screen printing is a great way to build and preserve memories.

3. Outfit Your Organization or Business

Whether you are a nonprofit or fortune-500 company, screen printing is a great option.

Maybe you want to show pride as a member of the PTA or show unity at a fundraiser. Perhaps you want to add to the festivity of your company’s or organization’s picnic. Or, maybe you have a trade show coming up and want shirts for employees to wear and for promo items to give away.

There aren’t many instances when screen printing wouldn’t be a good option.

4. Merchandise for resort and gift shops

We also screen print on merchandise designed for resort and gift shops. We create custom designs or print your designs.

Apparel and other items available with print include:

  • Flags
  • Umbrellas
  • Tote bags
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Youth garments
  • Large and tall garments
  • And more!

Why trust your custom screen printing to T.R. McTaggart?

T.R. McTaggart is an industry leader in custom screen printing design. We have the knowledgeable and experienced team to get it done right, in a timely manner, and at a reasonable price.

From design to fabric, we use one color to eight colors and four-color processes. No project is too big or too small for our screen printers. We are equipped with manual and automatic presses, a large selection of ink colors, and Douthitt advanced computer-to-screen imaging technology.

At T.R. McTaggart, our dedicated team prides itself on making fashionable apparel and promotional items. We service clients nationwide, including resort retailers, souvenir shops, and a variety of gift markets.

We’ve provided quality screen printing for almost four decades and have completed over 66,000 projects and served more than 5,000 satisfied clients. We guarantee satisfaction with every order.

There is no job too big or too small and we give all jobs equal attention.

We also provide a free online store service that allows employees or teammates to buy your company’s branded apparel 24/7.

Bring in your design or have our designers work with you to make something great!

Our screen printing designs are featured at:

  • Athletic departments
  • Family gatherings
  • Fundraising events
  • Holiday parties
  • Promotional campaigns
  • Resorts and gift shops
  • Special events
  • Team building functions
  • And more!

Reasons to choose T.R. McTaggart:

  • Dependable
  • Durable
  • Economical
  • Experienced
  • Knowledgeable
  • Professional expertise in screen printing
  • High impact
  • One of the largest selections of apparel
  • Versatile
  • Gets it done on time

Contact us today to discuss your needs in greater detail or to request a quote. We welcome clients from all industries!

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/screen-printing/

http://nearsay.com/c/222159/80213/the-top-3-reasons-to-purchase-custom-screen-print-tees

http://t-biznetwork.com/articles/screenprinting/basic-screen-printing-techniques-101/

http://www.mcloone.com/blog/how-your-company-can-benefit-from-screen-printing/

http://www.blankstyle.com/blog/2015/11/printing-tees-for-your-non-profit-5-life-changing-tips/

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/screen-printing/?lp=true

Resort and Gift Shop

3 Must-Haves for Your Resort and Gift Shop

The Season is for Traveling!

That time of the year is upon us, everyone! The time when the sun is shining and people are active and ready to explore new travel destinations. Resort and gift shops benefit tremendously during the spring and summer traveling season because the products they offer allow vacationers to take a little piece of their travels home with them. To have a successful tourist season, resort and gift shops must capitalize on visitors’ tendency to indulge more during their stay, in the hope of making their experience magical and unforgettable. There are 3 must-haves for your resort and gift shop that are sure to promote such indulgence.

  • Personalized Items
  • Apparel
  • Candles

Help Them Make Memories!

Everyone has friends or relatives who never fail to remind them to bring back souvenirs from their vacation travels.  These souvenirs act as a sentimental offering that shows friends and loved ones they were thought of. Souvenirs are precious items that help people preserve memories of their stay or travels that mean the most to them, so that they may in-turn share those memories with others. Your resort and gift shop should always have something special in-store that represents your establishment’s brand, the region, the city or town, or a particular local landmark of interest. These items help visitors identify with their stay and make lasting memories. The takeaway for you is that these items help to promote your brand!

Think of your resort or gift shop as a treasure chest!  Tourists come to your locale during the travel season in search of a getaway; they also often search for special items that help them tell the story of where they’ve been. National and international tourists alike love finding symbols of their enjoyable experiences that they can share with others, and these items can encourage those who they share their story with to come and visit as well. However, finding the right gift items to have in-stock can be difficult with a variety of so many different items to choose from.

T.R. McTaggart has the industry knowledge and experience to supply your resort and gift shop with exactly what it needs to appeal to customers looking for unique personalized gifts to share with their families and loved ones. Allow us to help you build a reputation for your business and inspire customers to return again and again by stocking the 3 must-haves for your resort and gift shop.

Personalized Items

When choosing a souvenir for ourselves or for others, personality and individuality are two factors we take into consideration. Typically, travelers from all across the globe come to resort and gift shops in search of special keepsakes that scream “This is so me!” Some people may react to items that specifically feature theirs or a loved ones’ name, while others may react to branding that reflects their personality or passion, such as sail boat for a nautical enthusiast. Understanding who your core customers are and what their passions may be is paramount to stocking personalized items that will inspire visitors to purchase. When it comes to buying souvenirs, people tend to seek out personalized items because of how they connect a person to a place. This is why personalized items are a must-have for your resort and gift shop.

T.R. McTaggart can help you identify your core customer and what products they are apt to quickly grab off of your racks and shelves. We offer a wide variety of personalized items for your resort and gift shop that prove to be top sellers season after season, including:

  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Mugs
  • Shot glasses
  • Key chains
  • Totes
  • Towels
  • And More!

We help you find the perfect gifts to satisfy a variety of different tastes and styles for your visitors.

Apparel

Apparel items are easily the best selling items for resort and gift shops. Who doesn’t like a t-shirt or hat that can be worn as a reminder of a fabulous vacation? Apparel items also serve as great souvenirs and gifts to present to friends and loved ones, commemorating their travels. Rather than being reminded of their vacation from a trinket on their mantel, people love to sport custom designed apparel that reminds them of how much they enjoyed their stay no matter where they are. The key benefit to your resort and gift shop is the exposure given to your brand by the wearer.

T.R. McTaggart provides a variety of custom apparel items to keep your resort and gift shop stocked and ready for pique vacation season – never miss an opportunity for a sale during this vital time. We also feature an in-house graphic design department that allows us to apply your designs or our custom design creations to all of the apparel we supply. Apparel items are THE must-have for any resort and gift shop because of their appeal to shoppers of all demographics, and their ability to promote your brand and bring attention (and potential customers) to your business.

  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Hoodies
  • Hats
  • Jackets
  • Scarves

Candles

Candles are a very popular souvenir or gift choice – and for a good reason. What better way for visitors to bring home a piece of their vacation than with a unique fragrance that reminds them of their stay? Candles are symbols of relaxation and serenity, and they make great gifts for anyone on a vacationer’s gift list. Candles allow people to just close their eyes, inhale, and enjoy the lingering scent of their vacation long after it’s over.

Tourists love them, and T.R. McTaggart, through our partnership with Kristin & Company, has a wide variety of candle styles and scents to choose from. We work closely with resort and gift shops across the nation to provide styles and scents that are sure to appeal to your customers. We can help you make your customers’ vacation an experience they’re sure to remember. With such versatility in terms of gift and novelty appeal, a healthy stock of candles is a must-have for resort and gift shops no matter the season.

Give Your Visitors What They Want!

T.R. McTaggart has been a trusted and reputable resort and gift shop supplier for nearly four decades. Our exclusivity, expertise, and extensive industry knowledge gives us a distinct advantage over our competitors. Our team of design specialists takes pride in helping you transform your resort and gift shop into the perfect tourist attractions that not only sells quality products, but plays a vital role in providing memories that last a lifetime.

For more information regarding our exclusive products and services for your resort and gift shop needs, contact us at (800) 433-0983 to speak to a customer service specialist about how T.R. McTaggart can provide solutions to help you give your visitors what they want!

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/products/custom/

https://trmctaggart.com/products/sublimation-2/

https://trmctaggart.com/products/candles/

https://trmctaggart.com/contract-services/

http://www.promoplace.com/trmctaggart