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Are Screen Printing and Silk Screening the Same?

There are several reasons why you may want to order custom apparel. It’s great if you need a team uniform, but you can also create fun shirts for a vacation, a bachelorette party, charity events, and more. You may think that when you order a t-shirt, the same method used is the same every time; however, this is not the case. Different techniques like screen printing and heat pressing are used to make t-shirts. However, there is a grey area: is there a difference between screen printing and silk screening?

The short answer is no; there is no difference. The two terms refer to the same technique, screen printing is just the newer term, and silk screening is an older term. Understanding this method when compared to heat pressing is very important if you want the perfect apparel for your organization or upcoming event.

Here is everything you need to know about screen printing (also known as silk screening).

Screen Print Shirts and Silk Screen Shirts

When custom screen printing shirts, a printing technique is used whereby mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil.

The older process for screen printing involved turning an image into a stencil, placing a piece of clothing in a frame, and applying each color separately, allowing each one to dry before starting a new color. However, this process is time-consuming and doesn’t produce items quickly; thus, the industry looked to advanced technology to print t-shirts more quickly.

A professional printing company will have cutting-edge automatic machines (screen printers) that produce high-quality prints for your custom design. With a custom screen print or silk screen design, you can show your style, express an opinion, or show support for a cause in a noticeable and stylish way.

State-of-the-art screen printing machines take care of:

●     Stencil fitting

●     Material preparation

●     Ink application

●     Material removal

●     Final printing

Thanks to computers and the Internet, creating a custom design for an event has never been easier. If you can provide your own design, we can create it on any piece of apparel. Or, if you want to be shown options and choose from a variety of graphics, you can create a unique look for your clothing that way.

 The Best Custom Apparel in the Chicagoland Area

Whether you want custom t-shirts, custom long sleeve shirts, or hoodies, you can count on the team at Marathon Sportswear to bring your vision to life. Located in Blue Island, Chicago, our silk screen and screen print services are the very best you will find in the area. We use cutting-edge tools to produce high-quality prints for your order, all while providing excellent customer service.

If you are looking to order high-quality custom t-shirts that will live up to your expectations, contact our team of professionals today.