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!




custom online store

Why You Need a Custom Online Store for Your Employees

Stop the Hassle

With a busy workplace, the last thing you want to do is add another thing to worry about. However, like rain in the spring and snow in the winter (at least in Michigan), some things never change: Employees still need uniforms. So, instead of passing out a catalog to employees once or twice per year and collecting their style, color, and size as they hand you money or a check – why not have a custom online store that employees can shop from? An online store simplifies the process and frees you from the hassle of organizing the clothing order. An online store provides easy access to employee uniforms where employees can purchase corporate branded merchandise on demand.

Starting a traditional online store, however, takes a lot of work and money. You would need to hire a web designer, find a host for your website, and hire someone to manage packing and shipping of merchandise. You would also need an accountant and you would want to hire a lawyer to write your privacy policy, terms and conditions, and returns and refunds policy.

If only there were an easier way…

What Is a Custom Online Store?

A custom online store is an online platform that allows members to purchase branded items on demand directly from the store that provides them.

At T.R. McTaggart, we can set up a custom online store to provide branded merchandise and handle your distribution needs.


Amazon, Airbnb, Uber … Customers, especially the younger generation that grew up with computers, expect shopping to be at their fingertips and on demand. A custom online store caters to this market. Goodbye paper forms; it’s time to embrace change.

The 21st century has seen an extraordinary amount of innovation in technology – so take advantage of this and use it to improve your company.

Easy to maintain

You never even have to come into contact with the actual product. A custom online store is easy to set up and then we handle the rest, including stocking, taking orders, processing payments, and shipping. This will save you a lot of time. We worry about the details so you can concentrate on what you do.

Many types of businesses can benefit:

  • Sports teams
  • Athletic departments
  • Corporations
  • Small businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Churches
  • And more!

Benefits for sports teams

A custom online store is useful for sports teams. Instead of keeping track of paper order forms and collecting and counting the money to put in a lock box, you can pick what items you want to offer in your online store.

No more hounding students to remember their order forms!

Players pay individually online and you sit back and focus on strategy for the upcoming game. In fact, coaches spend 78% less time managing orders by using a custom online store.

Friends and family of organizations

A custom online store also makes it easier for parents and friends of the team to get their branded apparel to support the team. If there is a school spirit store at your school, parents’ and friends’ schedules might not align with business hours. It discourages sales if people have to make an extra effort to make purchases.

However, with a custom online store, if fans want to get decked out for the big game, they don’t have to worry about a long wait before they get their gear as orders are physically collected. In fact, they don’t even have to wait in line at the store! This can increase purchases and lift team spirit. It’s a win-win-win.


Better yet, you can also use the custom online store to fundraise for your team or nonprofit organization by selling your branded apparel and allocating some of the money to the cause.

You can also decide if you want your virtual store to close and when. Sometimes deadlines motivate people to act and make their purchases, rather than putting it off to a later date.

Work uniforms

Once per year you get a catalog, take orders, and collect money. You get all your employees outfitted in branded-wear for your business … and then next month you hire another team member.

A custom online store will provide easy access to employee uniforms. This makes it easy for new employees to get up to speed with not just the work culture, but the clothes that go with it. Further, veteran employees can purchase corporate branded merchandise to replace old items at their leisure. Everyone fits in and looks polished.

Increase Your Business Presence

Employees wearing branded clothing and other gear outside the workplace can serve as a form of advertising. If workers wear their uniforms outside of work or carry around branded merchandise it expands your business’ presence. Offering useful items increases the likelihood of your employees wearing branded items in public.

One way to encourage employees to buy more branded items is to consider subsidizing the cost. If a polo shirt in your custom online store costs the same as a regular polo shirt, most employees will probably buy the unbranded one. The exception is if your company is a hip record store, a coffee shop, an iconic brand, or a nonprofit.

There are other exceptions too. However, think realistically. If you deal business to business, it is less likely that employees will buy logo wear. However, if employees can get a good deal, they might be willing to be a walking billboard for your business.

Also consider using branded merchandise as a gift or reward to increase your presence around town.

You can offer a variety of items for purchase in your custom online store:

  • Jerseys
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Visors
  • Scarves
  • And more!

We also offer a variety of applications:

  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Dye sublimation
  • Laser etching

T.R. McTaggart’s custom online store service is also set up to make things personalized.

We offer:

  • Player names
  • Roster numbers
  • Branded gear

Sell non-clothing items emblazoned with your brand as well

For example, tumblers, umbrellas, and tote bags would be items people would be apt to carry around in public, increasing exposure of your brand. People carry tumblers to work and tote bags prominently display brand names.

In sum:

  • Tumblers
  • Umbrellas
  • Tote bags

The key benefits of having a custom online store:

  • Convenient for employers
  • Convenient for employees or team members
  • Processing orders is easy
  • Easier to keep up with demand
  • Employees or team members can order 24/7
  • Offers control, transparency, and visibility for fundraising
  • Limits financial liabilities by eliminating checks and paper order forms
  • Offers a wide selection of products
  • Promotes sales year round
  • You have the option to close the virtual store at a specific date
  • Employees can pay individually or with coupon codes
  • Detailed order reporting available to management
  • R. McTaggart provides all these services! Some companies charge anywhere from $10 to $700 per month to run a customized store. We do it for free!

In summary, having a custom online store with us is free and most likely to be faster and more convenient.

Contact Us Today

Contact T.R. McTaggart today to work with us to create your custom online store. Call us at (800) 433-0983 or visit the Online Stores page on our website.

We look forward to helping you set up shop!





Sports Apparel

Sports apparel to outfit your team in mid-Michigan


You’ve assembled your sports team and have already begun strategizing how to “win the season.” There’s a lot to think about: practice, diet, and having the right mindset to complete at the highest level. However, have you considered how sports apparel plays a role in your team’s performance? Properly outfitting your team with sports apparel is a crucial detail that supports your team’s goals. Meaning, that in order to “win the season,” you should also add the task of locating a company that provides sports apparel in mid-Michigan.


Some questions to consider when selecting what sports apparel will serve your team the best include:

  • What fabrics are best suited for my team’s needs?
  • How do I properly care for my sports apparel?
  • What sports apparel items should I offer my team?
  • What graphics will enhance my team’s sports apparel?
  • What is the “track record” of the company providing the sports apparel?
  • Is it customizable?
  • Is it convenient?
  • Is it high quality? 


Choosing the right fabric can seem daunting at first, but it’s important to wear sports apparel that fits its purpose. Whether you need sports apparel that allows movement, breaths and wicks away sweat, or keeps you warm or cool, T.R. McTaggart can help you select what’s right for your team. One important factor to consider when deciding on a team uniform is whether you want to go with a natural or synthetic fabric, which is largely determined by the sport. 

Natural fabrics

There are pros and cons when it comes to natural fibers. For example, cotton, once the go-to exercise fabric, is used for activities with minimal sweating. One of cotton’s drawbacks is that it absorbs moisture. Cotton can hold 25-times its weight in water, which can become heavy and uncomfortable. This can lead to chafing and hypothermia. It also takes a long time to dry. Avoid cotton when looking for activewear.

Another drawback is that cotton items can wrinkle or shrink in the wash. Because natural fiber fabrics shrink when washed in hot water and dried on high heat, we recommend washing your uniforms in cold water and drying on a lower setting or simply air drying your sports apparel.

However, for activities with minimal sweating, cotton is a good choice. Cotton’s advantages are that it is a natural fiber and it doesn’t smell after a workout like polyester sometimes can. Also, natural fibers are typically more comfortable and allow your skin to breathe better than synthetics, an important consideration when it’s hot out. 

Natural fabrics include:

  • Bamboo
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Wool 

Synthetic fabric

Natural fibers have their uses, but there are now more options. Until 1935, the fibers used to make clothing were exclusively plant or animal based. Then DuPont created nylon and the clothing industry was forever changed.

Made from polyester, synthetic fabric is more resilient, lasts longer, and wrinkles less. Synthetics are also soft, stretchy, mildew resistant, and dry quickly. It breathes and wicks away sweat from your skin through to the fabric’s surface where it evaporates. This allows you to sweat and feel cool while exercising. Some synthetic fabrics are even waterproof.

Polyester is the most common synthetic fabric used in sports apparel, specifically for team uniforms. It is durable, wrinkle-resistant, lightweight, breathable, and non-absorbent. It also provides insulation and repels UV rays.

One drawback is that it can retain an odor after a workout and doesn’t dry as fast as polypropylene or nylon.

Still, there’s a lot to love about synthetics and many reasons to make synthetics your choice. For yoga and stretching, polyester and spandex allow the wearer to bend more easily. For running and aerobics, moisture-wicking nylon is great for staying dry while sweating.

Since synthetic fibers are basically plastic they are a nonabsorbent material. Moisture from perspiration moves over the surface of the fiber but, instead of being absorbed, the moisture is drawn from the inside of the clothing to the outside of the garment, where it evaporates when it makes contact with the air.

Common synthetic fabrics include:

  • Acetate
  • Acrylic
  • Lycra
  • Nylon
  • Polartec Thermal Pro
  • Polyester
  • Polypropylene
  • Rayon
  • Spandex

The best of both worlds

Clothing made from natural fabrics is more comfortable. Clothing made from synthetic fibers wick sweat and can stretch. Can’t I have both?

The garment industry wondered the same thing and experimented to find combinations that provide the best of both worlds. Often you’ll run across labels with a 50% Cotton / 50% Polyester mix. Natural/synthetic blends combine both natural and synthetic fibers to create fabrics that are stain resistant, comfortable, stretchy, and wrinkle averse.


Natural fabrics

Turn your garment inside out when you put it in the hamper. Don’t wait until right before you wash it. This way the clothing can air out, reducing the bacteria that come with moisture. Make sure to follow the rules of separating whites, colors, and darks; or, at least whites and darks. Whether you put your clothing in the washing machine or hand wash it, use cold water. 

Synthetic fabrics

While it’s handy that synthetic fabrics repel water when we want it drawn away from our skin, its same repelling property is still true when it’s in the washing machine. To combat this, pre-soak your sports apparel in a vinegar solution or use antimicrobial detergent.

Don’t use fabric softener, as this prevents the detergent from reaching the dirt and also removes coatings that might have been applied to the fabric. Be aware that some synthetic fibers will melt on high heat in the drier or if you use a hot iron on it. Wash your sports apparel inside-out in cold water and avoid tumble dry on high heat.

And remember, always read your clothing labels and follow their specified care instructions!


T.R. McTaggart offers a huge selection of color, size, and design options, and work closely with you to guide you through the process of outfitting your sports team. We devise custom sports apparel solutions tailored to your specifications. Our in-house design team will use its creativity to design something customized for your team. We’re here to make your vision happen.

Types of techniques we offer:

  • Screen printing 
  • Embroidery
  • Dye sublimation
  • Laser etching

Variety is the spice of life

Everyone has different preferences. T.R. McTaggart provides a variety of custom sports apparel choices to outfit your team, including:

  • Jerseys
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Visors
  • Scarves
  • And more!

Customized Team Shop

When outfitting your team with sports apparel, T.R. McTaggart can help you set up a custom shop where your team members can purchase their sports apparel. For more information about how you can create your customized team shop, visit the Online Stores page on our website.

Experience, Quality, and Affordability

If you are tasked with selecting where to get your team unoforms in mid-Michigan, you no doubt are looking for three things: an experienced and knowledgeable company, quality products, and affordability.

With an international reputation for our innovative and creative designs, McTaggart has over 20 years of experience and expertise in the apparel industry. We provide the best selection of apparel items made with the highest-quality materials at prices that won’t break your team’s budget.


Contact T.R. McTaggart today for all of your custom sports apparel needs. Outfitting teams with sports apparel in mid-Michigan is our passion! If you want to find out more about how you can outfit your team, call us at (800) 433-0983 or visit the Sports & School Spirit page on our website.

Trust in T.R. McTaggart’s track record of winning the apparel game so that you can focus on winning the game and the season!