Sublimation Basics: Everything you need to know about custom print apparel!

What is Sublimation?

Sublimation is also called dye-sub or dye-sublimation printing. It is a versatile and digital printing method. Sublimation is a process that bonds ink to the fabric at a sub-surface level.

High-detail and high-definition characterize sublimation.

In sublimation, the dyes are printed vía a high qualify printer onto a transfer material, such as a specialized paper. Those dyes are then transferred to the fabric under heat and pressure that bonds the dyes to the fabric at a molecular level.

Sublimation is the process of “endothermic reaction without passing through the liquid phase.” In plain terms, that means that aft

By applying heat and pressure to both the transfer medium and the fabric, the dyes are turned instantly from a solid to a gas. The gas bonds directly to the fabric and becomes part of its molecular structure.
It’s better than magic, it’s science!

This provides several advantages. First, the dyes are bonded to the fabric. Unlike screen printing and other printing methods, sublimation dyes don’t crack, peel, fade or wear differently than the fabric. The dyes have become a part of the fabric and so all wear and tear will happen as the actual garment wears. This makes sublimation ideal for heavy use. It also makes sublimation ideal for apparel that will go through a lot of physical stress and numerous washings in its lifetime.

 

Sublimation Is Ideal For These Types Of Apparel Uses

Sublimation bonds the dye to the fabric on the molecular level. As a result, sublimation is the ideal printing method for sportswear and uniforms. The printing and dyes will not fade, crack, peel or come off from the fabric. The dye and fabric are permanently molded together.

Sublimation is ideal for these types of sportswear

It is also ideal for work uniforms and other apparel that requires repeated use.

  • Police officers
  • Pilot
  • Paramedic
  • Firefighters
  • Construction
  • Security Gaurd
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Surgical technologist
  • So many more!

 

How Custom Sublimation Works

Do you have an idea of something you’d like, but don’t have exact specs, design or details. Let us help you! Our design experts can take your idea and create beautiful apparel. Here’s how it works.

  1. We’ll hook you up with our design team to create a crazy sick design. Or, you can provide your own. We will create a layout and proof showing exactly what your custom jersey or uniform will look like.

Sublimation allows for an unlimited number of dyes and colors! You are not limited like you are with other processes! You also are not charged by the colors or the size of the order. We can do very small orders without a minimum requirement and without a “small order” charge!

  1. You decide on the details. These details include things like the type of neck you’d like (v-neck, round, other) and on the type of fabric you’d like to use.

If you need sublimation for a large event or order, we can provide samples of product options. (Obviously- we cannot do a free sample for a single order)

  1. Once we have the design and details approved, we send off one to our high-tech printer. Your uniforms are printed using sublimation, which means no color fading and no peeling. Ink is transferred using rollers that maintain a constant pressure and temperature. You won’t find lines or breaks in your apparel.

We offer the highest quality custom jerseys and uniforms on the market!

  1. After the printing, our team of professionals take the fabric and turn it into beautiful apparel. Quality cutting, skilled sewing, and other finishing touches.
  2. Once the product is approved by our quality assurance team, we package it up and send it directly to you. Now the job is yours! Wear it! Enjoy it! Love it! These jerseys and uniforms are sure to get you noticed!

Can I Use Sublimation On Any Fabric or Material Type?

Sublimation for apparel bonds best with polymers and polyesters. It does not work as well on cotton, bamboo, and wool. It does work well on some blends, depending on the manufacturing process. Poly/Cotton blends often create a sublimation that looks more retro.

Generally, blends that are at least 50% polyester work well, but the remaining fibers must be able to withstand the heat of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Does Sublimation Work on Any Base Color of Fabric?

White garments are generally the preferred base for sublimation. That’s because sublimation uses open spaces for the while coloring in the garment. There are no dye combinations that produce a white color in sublimation.

However, other light colors can be used as a base. If you choose another base color, white will not be part of the color theme int he garment.

There is another factor to consider if you choose a base color that is different from a white fabric.

The heat used during sublimation can affect the dyes used in regular garment dyes. If the dye is set at a temperature lower than 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then that could affect the base dye. It could fade in open places where the dye was exposed to the heat rollers, but no sublimation ink was set.

Additionally,  neon colors will fade because neon colors include chemicals (called brighteners) that were added to the color dye.

Advantages of Sublimation Through SweatShirtStation.com

There are many advantages of choosing sublimation through sweatshirtstation.com.

  1. No premium pricing for small batches. We can do as few as a single item.
  2. Quick, quality production of custom orders. In as little as 2 weeks, your custom order is delivered to your door.
  3. Full color on any sized run. We don’t have to set up multiple screens and we don’t charge for additional colors. That means you can truly get the look and vivid colors that you want!
  4. Lighter Apparel. Sublimation doesn’t add heavy prints or ink to the fabric. That means that your apparel is as light as the original fabric. The garment isn’t altered and remains unchanged, except for the addition of your art.
  5. Durability. The artwork lasts as long as the garment. There is no peeling, cracking, ripping of the ink because it’s part of the microstructure of the fabric.

How Can I Get Started?

Getting started is easy! Just email us at Service@Sweatshirtstation.com and we will help you out!

You can also message us through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sweatshirtstation/.

Or Text us at (385) 200-0291

We look forward to talking to you!

 

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