My last post!


This will be my last post unless I become unemployed again, but I finally got a job from my writing as an article writer. This website has erved itself well and I’m glad to keep it live. I might add the odd article here and there, possibly keep a live journal on my journey as a writer.

Thanks everyone for being awesome and giving me this opportunity.

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Screen Printing Ink Styles: What is the Difference between Plastisol and Water-Based Ink?

screen print inksThere are two main ink types that are utilized to transfer graphic designs to a wide variety of products: plastisol and water-based ink. Although the professional graphic designer and screen printing company that you work with can help you determine which option is best for you, it is still a good idea to have a basic understanding of the pros and cons of each option so that you can make an informed decision.

Plastisol Ink

As its name suggests, plastisol is created with a plastic material known as PVC. It is by far the most commonly used ink for screen printing, and this is because it is less expensive than water-based ink and can be used for a larger number of purposes. For example, plastisol can be utilized to take a graphic design and place it on a t-shirt of any color. In other words, if you are committed to the idea of producing black t-shirts, you will definitely want to use plastisol ink. Most prints that are made from plastisol sit on top of the t-shirt or other material instead of actually becoming part of it. This means that it will feel thicker to the touch, and it is also less breathable than water-based ink.

Water-Based Ink

If you are concerned about taking a green manufacturing approach or desire a thinner print that has a soft hand, you should carefully consider selecting water-based inks for your project. This ink is better for the environment than plastisol, and it blends into the shirt instead of merely sitting on top of it. This provides a more breathable design, and it also gives you the opportunity to make t-shirts that are reminiscent of the vintage style.

Unfortunately, water-based ink is only a good option if you will be working with white or light colored materials. Some people do use this ink for darker garments, but the results can be very unsatisfying. Water-based ink is more expensive, and it also takes longer to work with. However, the trade-off of receiving a softer product that is more eco-friendly is worthwhile if you will be working with appropriately colored t-shirts or other items.

Both of these ink options can beautifully render intricately designed graphics that feature a high quantity of colors. Therefore, the decision of which ink to use should be based primarily around your budget, t-shirt color and any time constraints. Make sure that you also consider the desired feel and overall look of the final garment, and keep in mind that water-based inks will enable you to advertise a product that was made with environmentally friendly materials.

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Designs for Screen Printing and Embroidery

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Creating the perfect product or promotional item requires an eye-catching graphic design and the appropriate selection between screen-printing and embroidery. Both of these styles can provide high-quality results, but they are traditionally utilized in different ways due to the perks and limitations of each format. A skilled designer can easily take your idea and make the right graphic or logo to be transferred via your selected method, but you do need to choose between embroidery and screen-printing before you start the process. Therefore, it is essential to have an understanding of these styles so that you can ensure that you get exactly what you have in mind.

The Basics of Screen Printing

Screen-printing allows you to inexpensively apply designs that feature several colors, gradients and shading onto a variety of different materials. This option gives you the most flexibility if you are planning on using an extremely detailed graphic or logo, and you will definitely be able to save money in most cases by choosing screen printing instead of embroidery.

Screen printing is used to make everything from postcards to t-shirt printing, but some materials do come with a higher price tag. Additionally, it is a common required to place a preset minimum order because of the cost of setting everything up. Cracking and fading can also occur as the result of time and being washed frequently. However, a screen printed t-shirt that is properly cared for will retain its vibrant, high-quality appearance for several years.

The Basics of Embroidery

Embroidery is used on products ranging from tote bags to golf shirts, and it provides a very professional appearance that will typically last longer than items that have been screen printed. This makes embroidery a very appealing choice for those who are not hindered by a minimal budget. Embroidery can incorporate many brilliant colors that will easily capture attention, but it is restricted by the fact that it is difficult to render shading by using thread. Therefore, some company logos need slight alterations in order to be properly showcased via the embroidery process. It is also important to avoid using text that is extremely small.

Ultimately, the decision between screen-printing and embroidery is typically easy to make when you look at the logo or graphic idea that you want to showcase. After all, a highly detailed design can only be accomplished with screen-printing, but a company logo will truly stand out if it is embroidered on items such as caps, golf shirts and jackets. Make sure that you discuss these options with your graphic designer before they get started in order to receive the best possible results.

Use Silk Screen Printing on Promotional bags

One of the oldest printing methods in the world is Silk Screen Printing. The screen printing basically started with the use of silk and it is still going on with the same priority. Silk Screen Printing is one of the most popular methods in this era beating many new advanced technologies like computers, printers.

You can do silk screening in anything like t-shirt, bag, saris etc. If you have any desire like doing screen printing then the Silk Screen Printing is the most viable option you can grab. I am going to describe some idea about how to do silk screening in promotional bags. There are a number of things you have to consider before you start using the printing method. There are some steps which can lead you to print your promotional bag in a proper way.

  1. Make your decision about the template- You have to be sure about the images or design you are going to print on the bag. If you want something colorful in the bag then you can make use of the logos in the bag which is a best option in Silk Screen Printing. To promote your brand you must select some theme before printing which will help you to describe your company to the public. In promotional bag a logo with some specific colors and simple design is the best option. Show the brand identity on the bag with the help of Silk Screen Printing to reach you ultimate goal of doing an effective promotion of your bag.
  2. Transfer the full heat with a detailed logo in bag- Use good combination of color to get a clear photographic image of the logo. You can try some imaginative and innovative graphics designs, artistic designs along and images if you do not want to go with logo Silk Screen Printing design. But if you are using logos in bag then stick to a unique design.
  3. Select the Type of the Bag- Think about the fabric and the style you are going to select for the promotional bag. The ink and fabric can vary according to the type of the product you are using. These days many companies are using echo-friendly bags and other products for promoting their brand. Along with Silk Screen Printing you can choose recyclable material for making the bag.

For promotional bags you can also use cotton material which is another feasible option you can hold. Cotton screen printing made the bag more durable. Whatever the material of the bag you are using you have pick a stylish design to make the visibility of the bag more unique.

Silk Screen Printing is an intelligent choice amongst the all in case of promotional bags. The promotional bags can also be used y the employee of the company to carry the company goods. Companies do Silk Screen Printing on computer bags and other backpacks for sale purpose as well. So, select a good Silk Screen Printer for printing your company’s promotional bags.

My first outreach – Custom Polo Shirt Company


After a few outreach emails I have had my first reply! I’m very excited to present to you Polo Shirt Xpress. This company bring the beef to polo shirts, because they distribute them, and embroider on them. I didn’t have time to go to their factory based in Marrckville, which is based in Sydney Inner West area. I did speak to someone on the phone for a few minutes and asked them a few questions, which I spent the time today typing up.


1. How long have you been in the polo shirt game?

Actually, we do more than polo shirts but we have been in the custom apparel industry for over 20 years now. We do all our embroidery and screen printing in house, plus we are distributors for some quality brands such as: Gildan, Biz Collection and AS Colour.

2. How much does one polo shirt cost?

Unfortunately we don’t do one off polo shirts and have a minimum order. To answer your question, it really depends on the amount of polo shirts, the size of the embroidery or your print.

3. Can I print photos on polo shirts?

No, well, not with us anyway. If you want to print photos or any graphic with a lot of colours then you need to go and find a digital printer, or DTG which stands for Direct to Garment.

4. What type of printing do you do on polo shirts?

For printing we do screen printing, meaning every colour you have in your artwork needs it’s own film. We can cover up to 8 colours in any artwork. Our in-house graphic designer separates the colours in your artwork and gets it ready for screen printing.

5. What about embroidery?

Embroidery needs to be digitized, which we also do in-house and we spend lots of time creating the sample and getting you to approve it. Once everything is approved then it doesn’t take long to put the embroidery on our garments and send them to you via courier.


Well, those were my quick five questions with the guys down at polo shirt express. You can check them out by visiting their website if you need any custom polo shirts created. They are quite good at their job and I very much appreciate them taking a few minutes of their time to talk to me, just for my blog. Thanks guys.

Don’t forget, I’m open to more people contacting me for a review or interview. I’m now based in Sydney and would be more than happy to come down to your factory and meet you in person.

My First Post: Introduction

dress shirt poseHello everyone, this website has been changed but still covers the same subject of fashion, clothing, and apparel. My first post is basically an introduction that is inviting all fashion and apparel suppliers and distributors – including screen printers and embroiderers – to contact me (in the comments section below) regarding reviews and write ups.

I’m a fashion blogger now and have moved from New York, USA to Sydney,  Australia and am quite broke with no job, so I have a lot of time on my hands.

I don’t want to leave the fashion industry and my main goal is to build my Australian merchandise network so when I am ready to start my own clothing label here in Australia, I have the contacts to make it happen quickly and efficiently.

More about where I am coming from.

You don’t have to be a TV star to wear tailored shirts. You live your own life and dress what appeals you. Wearing custom dress shirts is trendy and you can become a trend setter by designing your own dress shirts to boost your personality and have that envying collection in your wardrobe.

When I start my own clothing line, I want everything to not only follow the trends, I want it to be affordable. I have noticed that here in Australia, people like to follow American trends, but usually they’re too late to call themselves early adopters or they can’t afford the “top of the line” garments.

My ultimate goal is to change the game slightly by making everything accessible online, and this fashion blog is really aimed a centralizing all the local business that produce customized apparel for the shops to sell. I apologize shops, there are just too many of you and plenty to go around. I am much more interested in the people that create the clothes.

I’m all about custom tailored shirts! Please give me a chance at making my dream come true. 😀

Well, that is my introduction, I hope some people start contacting me soon.