Since the 1990s, decorating sportswear has become an evolution. Now there are a variety of decoration methods available. Youngspeeds offers four options, including screen printing, dye sublimation, tackle twill, and embroidery. Not sure which type to go for your team? You might have an answer after learning the difference between these four methods.
Screen printing is a process that the ink is pushed through a mesh to imprint the design on the fabric. Its main advantage is that it is cost-effective while it usually requires a minimum order quantity of 100-500pcs to be efficient, which means it’s better for bulk orders. The more the cheaper. It is able to print out vivid colors but gradient effect.
In short, thermal dye sublimation is a printing technique that uses special ink to print patterns on transfer paper, then the image is transferred onto the polyester fabric, which is caused by the sublimation feature of dispersed dyes in the heat.
It costs more than screen printing, but the colors can last as long as the jersey lasts, and over time, it will not peel or crack. Besides, sublimated hockey jerseys are more breathable since they can only use polyester material. For the best results, it'd be better to print the design onto white or light-colored fabrics.
Tackle twill is to sew custom-cut pieces of twill fabric onto another material, and stitch the edge of the twill patch. It’s the most popular decoration method in the custom uniforms of professional sports teams and organizations, like hockey, football, baseball, and more.
Twill patches are tough enough to last several seasons and games. This type of decoration is more affordable than regular embroidery because of its lower stitching counts.
Embroidery is a traditional decoration method that uses needles and threads to create designs on the fabric. It makes the patches extremely durable and more resistant to any damage from the washing. The major disadvantage is that embroidery is substantially more expensive than tackle twill for large designs. In addition, the design is usually required a minimum size, and some small details might be still lost in production. Besides, the colors are limited to available thread colors.
No matter which type of decoration method you choose for your custom hockey jersey, Youngspeeds can always get you covered! You can contact us for a free design and quote here. All in all, we recommend sublimated hockey jerseys, it’s the most cost-effective printing method than tackle twill and embroidery hockey jerseys. Youngspeeds won’t charge extra for different sizes and quantities of logos. No setup fees. No minimums are required, which is perfect for hockey goalies, and other individuals. And the graphics are only limited to your imagination! Well, if you have enough budget, tackle twill hockey jersey is a better choice.