Screen Printing is typically used to decorate knit garments such as tee shirts and fleece sweatshirts with single color, up to 10 spot colors, process colors, special effects or a combination of all. Screen printing is, generally speaking, the most economical way to decorate apparel for fundraisers, handouts, crews, teams, events, gatherings and more. Most designs have excellent wash fastness and brilliancy when applied to quality garments. Pricing is based on quantity, number of colors used and the image complexity.
We started our business over 25 years ago with a single, manual screen printing press, a dryer, some ambition and a few great customers. We now have a staff of amazingly skilled printers, ink mixers and screen makers who, honestly, put the “founders” to shame! Our staff is top notch. Our equipment is modern. Our screen printing proves it.
Machine embroidery is the best decoration method when embellishing many higher end garments like polo shirts and jackets for business attire, staffs, corporate identification, gifts and awards. In addition, embroidery is the hands-down best way to decorate headwear such as ball caps and beanies. Intricate and durable, embroidery on your garment says “class”. Most embroidered designs are priced using a combination of stitch count, garment properties and area dimensions. Logos are typically smaller such as heart crests and cap fronts, but jacket backs and sweatshirt fronts are popular as well, especially for high school teams, collegiate sportswear, fraternities and sororities.
All decoration provided by Sports Art is done in-house at our facility in central Ohio. Sometimes we are asked if a job will be too small for us. No. A job too large for us to handle? No again. We have round-the-clock embroiderers making sure of it. Really. 24 hours a day. Producing orders large and small on our Tajima and Brother machines. Some of these folks have over 20 years experience doing embroidery on sportswear! We’re proud of them. They’re the reason your garments look awesome.
Direct to Garment Printing
DTG is an ideal method of decoration for detailed art on short runs (economy due to low setup charges) or long runs of outstanding detail and clarity. Low set-up costs and reasonable prices allow anyone to wear real art! Per piece decoration costs are usually higher than screen printing using this method, but set-up costs are much lower, providing economy at low quantities. Direct to garment works best on 100% cotton knit items, typically tee shirts, and can be applied to light or dark colors. DTG is a common method of decoration for bands, reunions, special events, trade shows, rallies, grand openings, art reproductions and awards.
We’re currently just scratching the surface of our versatility with DTG. Every week we learn of a different method, procedure or garment the DTG equipment allows us to produce. If the design can be printed on paper, chances are good it can be printed on a garment with virtually the same detail and color. Designs you create can be printed, as-is,, with minimal setup and no expensive color separation work.
Heat Applied Graphics
Maybe the oldest, and still one of the most versatile methods of embellishments are the many varieties of heat applied graphics. Team uniforms, softball leagues and “retro” garments, personalizations and single use tees. Who of us hasn’t owned a flock lettered t-shirt at one time or another? Today’s methods are generally far superior and much more sophisticated than in the past. What used to be limited to custom cut vinyl lettering and athletic numbering widely used on sports uniforms, or simple graphics on a softball shirt has been improved by digitally printed graphics on vinyl, combination print and cut technologies and custom sequin patterns, glitter, glow-in-the-dark or safety reflective to name a few.
Many garments and accessories that are unsuitable for screen printing, embroidery or DTG can be easily decorated with a heat applied graphic. Moisture wicking fabrics, spandex and other performance fabrics are stylishly customized with it. Bags with the smallest of printable areas are good candidates for colorful logos. A variety of water- repellent outerwear, work wear and safety wear can be decorated with success. At Sports Art we design your graphic and recommend the best heat applied graphic for the items you desire. We don’t just “make it work”. We make it “Right”.
Our Garments and Accessories
See our selection here.
We carry everything from the simple to the sophisticated, outdoors or in the office. Our wide selection covers all the bases. Most items are readily available right here in Ohio, Others available in a day or two. Plenty quick enough for us to decorate and present it to you in time for your deadline or event. Browse around and let us know if something catches your eye. We’d love to help you create your next new look!