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What are "Seconds and Irregulars"?
Different mills have different meanings for seconds and irregular shirts. Generally, the term irregular means a garment that is not quite up to specifications, or one that has been repaired or fixed to be almost up to specs.
A second usually refers to a shirt that just doesn't meet specifications at all. A second can often be made into an irregular by doing minor repair work such as closing a seam or stitching a hole.
Some seconds cannot be made into an irregular, because they have problems like the wrong size sleeves, color mismatching, excessive shrinkage or large holes.
Other terms used are graded seconds, off-quality, or graded imperfects. Since a mill does not purposely make irregular shirts, they are always offered on an as-available basis.
What is a "flash" layer?
A Flash Layer is when we double print a color on your shirt. If you're printing light ink on dark shirts, we'll usually print that light color twice so that the dark fabric doesn't show through the light ink. This only costs you $.30 per location (ie.. front, back, sleeve), and will make your shirts look a million times better.
What is an underprint?
A primer coat. An underprint is a layer of white ink that we lay down under your design when you print on color or black shirts. The underprint gives us a base to print your design on, and makes the colors turn out how you want them to. It costs you the same amount as if you were printing another color on your shirts, but if you're printing white in your design, we can use that screen for the undercoat (usually in conjunction with a flash print).
Some shirt printers don't charge for an underprint? Why do you?
Because it costs us money to print it. In order to give you the best possible price, we run very close to our cost. When we have to pay for something, we have to pass that cost on to you. Many screen printers include the cost of an underlay in their regular pricing even if you don't need it. We like to only charge you for what you get.
Why do dark shirts cost more to order?
Because they're more expensive to buy blank, and it's harder to print on them. Dark shirts, in general, cost about $1 more even before they're printed. In addition, we usually have to print extra layers of ink for your design to look good when all is said and done.
Can you use a picture from my web site on my shirts?
No. Web images are saved at 72 pixels per inch. We need at least 200 pixels per inch to get a decent print. The rule of thumb is that if you print an image out on a good laser printer at the size you want it printed on your shirt, and it looks jagged or ugly, that's what the final print from us will look like.
How can I get my shirts cheaper?
- Print Less Colors - this will get rid of some of your setup and printing costs. The result is cheaper shirts and a cheaper overall price.
- Use Less Expensive Shirts - if you're not using the cheapest shirts available, and you want to bring your pricing down, ask us to price cheaper shirts for you. This will give you cheaper shirts and a cheaper overall price.
- Print More Shirts - if you print enough shirts to get to our next price break, you will potentially save lots of money. This will give you a lower per-shirt price.
What is your minimum order?
Six Shirts. Of course, printing six shirts isn't the most cost-effective way of getting custom t-shirts, so we recommend printing at least a dozen or 24 in order to bring your cost down to something managageable.
How fast can you get my shirts to me?
The absolute fastest we can print shirts for you is 3 days plus shipping. This assumes that the shirts are available from our local supplier. Remember though, that you'll be paying through the nose for the rush (and even more for rush shipping if you need that), so try to premeditate and place your order 2 or 3 weeks before you actually need the shirts.
Can you match my previous order?
If you are re-ordering shirts and you need them to look exactly like your previous order - it is highly advised that you provide us with an actual shirt from that order. We don't keep files of every shirt we print and can't possibly remember how every shirt we printed may have looked. Without an example of the previous order - there is no guarantee that the new shirt will match perfectly.
What if I don't order enough shirts? Can you print single or sample shirts?
No - for screen printing - our minimum is strictly 6 (due to the amount of time it takes to set up a job). When placing an order, it's best to order a few more instead of not enough.