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T King AssociatesMachinery for Business Wear Printing and Embroidery

About Our Machinery

Tajima embroidery machine

Keeping control of production allows us to deliver the high quality of service and reliability that we pride ourselves on. It means regular investment into the latest and best quality equipment.

To find out more about our machinery and what they can achieve, read on.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is a print method that makes use of a ‘screen’ through which ink is pressed onto the surface of fabric. A screen is made by tightly stretching a fine mesh over a frame whilst ensuring tension across the surface. Varying grades of mesh are available, with the higher grades best suited to designs with a higher level of detail or intricacy. A stencil is then formed by masking areas of the screen within the negative image of the design to be printed, as such the open spaces will allow ink to come into contact with the surface of the fabric as required to print a design.

Screen Printing Diagram

Historically known as silk screen printing due to the silk content within the mesh stencils, the process is perhaps most synonymous with the sixties pop art movement and the artwork created by Andy Warhol, famous for his prints of Marylyn Monroe and other icons of the time.

Today a more robust polyester fibre is commonly used and the process remains the industry standard for printing fabric in large volumes or at speed, with most commercial t-shirt printers making use of this method.

Designs with many solid colours can be printed by using multiple screens which align or ‘register’ with one another. These allow for the design to print in stages, colour by colour and we can mix your pantone branding colours upon request.

Print Film
Silk Screen

A printed film showing positive impression of the image and a screen ready for printing

We can mix your pantone branding colours upon request.

Designs with more intricate designs or graduated colours can be produced with a CMYK printing method, allowing for higher and lower volumes of ink to overlay with one another, blending to form multiple colours and combinations, allowing for bright and accurate logo printing.

Pantone Book

Commercially we use  the screen print processes for promotional T-shirts, this is the most common area we supply screen print, a very typical order of these will consist of a single colour print onto a Fruit of the Loom brand T-shirt or Gildan T-shirt, these two brands are the bigger suppliers to screen printers in the UK.  T King Associates has in house designers who with the in house knowledge can interpret your project goals, design requirements and apply to a commercially workable and cost effective solution, the unique proposition from T King Associates is that we have the full team from design inception to production and delivery all under one roof, so everyone can communicate and offer the best value for money and highest service possible. You’re even welcome to come watch your screen print order being run!! Just ask!

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T – Shirts Printed With the Screen Printing Process

Pros

  • Quality and durable print – We make use of robust plastisol ink will withstand multiple wear and washes.
  • Intense and vibrant print colours can be achieved.
  • Cost on design sizes – As screen printing is charged according to the numbers of colours within a piece of artwork we can usually print at a large size without additional costs.
  • Speed – Our automatic screen printing machine allows us to produce multiple garments at any one time unlike manual processes such as transfer printed which must be printed one at a time, as such the process is much faster.
  • Cost effective in higher numbers – For higher volume orders the initial set up costs of screen printing are offset by the time saved in printing larger batches. The process is subject to economies of scale as such unit costs decrease, please ask our sales team for more information or a quotation.

Cons

  • Set up costs – Screen printing set up costs are determined by the number of colours within a design, typically with one screen per colour within a piece of artwork. As such the process can become more expensive on designs with multiple colours or on orders of a smaller quantity.
  • Minimum order quantities – A screen printing run involved an initial outlay of set up time and as such a minimum order of 25 pieces applies. If you are looking for a smaller number of items, transfer printing can offer an affordable alternative.

We have over 25 years of experience in the industry and our friendly team are always on hand to offer advice on the best customisation method for your project. Just give us a call on 01280 824834 or send us an email to info@tkingassociates.com

Embroidery

T King Associates Embroidery 1
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T King Associates Embroidery 3

We make use of the latest Tajima Embroidery machines to produce our embroidered clothing and workwear. These machines are able to embroider a logo at a rate of 1000 stitches per minute and can run up to 18 items of clothing at any one time, achieving an accurate and clean stitch making even the most intricate logo work well on garments from polo shirts to workwear jackets, sweatshirts, T-shirts, leather and more.  We also have specific adapters that let us embroider on what are often considered difficult places, such as cuffs and collars,  we can also run with speciality headwear frames, so baseball caps, beanie hats summer hats are all possible with our embroidery machines and systems.

The logo/image is digitised by specific advanced embroidery software, usually from the supplied customer artwork.  We can work from anything from a hand drawing to jpeg and vector based artwork, we are here to help and our design team can interpret your logo or design to suit different types of workwear and clothing. The digitising software converts multi-colour electronic images into a stitch pattern that the embroidery machines can follow. It works out which stitches can be produced with the same coloured thread and the best order in which to embroider them across the whole image. This information is then passed to the embroidery machines.

The embroidery machines will check with the operator that the correct coloured threads are loaded, and on which embroidery thread each is. Finally, the operator ‘clamps' the garments in special frames  that hold the right area tightly under the embroidery  needle so that the design  is embroidered without puckering the fabric, this skilled part of the process is still very much a manual process and the embroidery machine operator takes great care to load the garment into the embroidery machine frame prior to the embroidery process starting  we have different embroidery frames for varying sizes of embroidered logo, which can allow us to embroider anything from a sleeve, chest or large back design.

Embroidery is recommended for uniforms, headwear, polo shirts, fleeces, jackets, bags, towels, it is especially good where the clothing has to withstand a long lifespan and will be washed and worn during the normal working week, the Rayon thread can withstand 60c wash cycles, so is ideal for overalls coveralls, used in a garage environment, or a waterproof jacket that may be used in logistics companies where a good abrasion resistance is required.  Furthermore embroidery is the most popular method to apply a company's logo or design as the finish has a premium feel.

Further images

We have a huge range of embroidery threads available to suit your design and clothing requirements.

Embroidery Threads
Embroidery Threads Chart

Pros

  • Embroidery can be applied to a wide range of fabrics where print cannot such as fleece, towelling, heavy cotton or polyester.
  • Embroidery is very durable and will withstand repeated washing or wear, our Rayon and Polyester threads are colour fast and do not fade or run in the wash cycle over time.
  • Cost effective on designs with multiple colours – Whereas screen printing is charged by the number of colours within a design, embroidery is priced according to the number of stitches required; therefore it is effective for designs that are made up of many colours.
  • Smart Finish – Embroidery is a popular choice for uniform due to the professional finish offered by the process and is ideal for polo shirts, shirts and blouses, sweatshirts and blazers.
  • One off set up – An initial origination set up is required for embroidery; this is then kept on file in definitely, making repeat orders quick and cost effective. Once your logo has been set up on our system we can use this on multiple garments from polo shirts in the summer to fleeces or jackets in the winter, without compromising your design or brand guidelines.

Cons

  • Not recommended for very lightweight fabric
  • Design size – As embroidery is priced according to the number of stitches within the design, it is better suited to smaller designs and is usually used for logos on the left chest or nape of neck for example.
  • Depicting small text – Text can be difficult to reproduce with the embroidery process, we would recommend that text is block stitched at a minimum size of 5mm.
  • Not ideal for sportswear as the embroidery can rub the skin when applied to light weight sportswear fabrics.

We offer free advice on the best customisation method for your project. Just give us a call on 01280 824836 or send us an email to info@tkingassociates.com where the friendly team will happily advise on how to apply embroidery to your clothing project.

Digital Printing

Achieving the most accurate colour matches.

CAD Cutting of Transfers and Full-Colour Transfers

Roland BN20 Large format printer and Roland GX24 cad machine

Professional transfers and dye-sublimation work by using heat to transfer an image from pre-cut shapes. These could be individual letters or shapes that make up a picture when combined.

The precision with which these shapes are cut affects the visual quality of the result. Using a high-precision CAD cutter allows us to work with more complex imagery in order to deliver a better result.

For non-dye-sublimation transfers we use various types of transfer material for cotton, polyester and nylon applications. A huge range of colour variants are available using this process which means we can consistently offer an excellent colour match for your logo or branding requirements. Our machinery enables us to produce full colour transfers for short or large orders in house at not fuss.

Embroidery Workshop Plotter
Roland Large Format Printer
Roland Large Format Printer

Dye-Sublimation Printing

Dye-sublimation is a bit like a having a tattoo. The process, which works on polyester fabrics only, uses the heat from a heat press to open up the 'pores' in the fibres and the dye is transferred inside. Once the fibres cool, the 'pores' close up and the dye is locked inside.

The dye is carried to the garment on special paper which is, in turn, applied using an ink-jet printer with special cartridges.

Due the granularity of this process, dye-sublimation can only carry near-photographic quality images onto polyester garments.

3 x HT400 Heat Presses

HT400 Heat Press
HT400 Heat Press

These machines work like large flat irons, it heats the material from both sides and allows the transfer or dye-sublimation (dying to the fabric) process to take place reliably. These machines can print onto all different specifications and to different sizes to accommodate different garments.

Transfers work well on cotton, polyester and nylon fabrics. Dye-sublimation is a special process for polyester only.

The finished look:

The finished look, Heat Press

Embroidered Badges

Embroidered badges are a great way to brand clothing and can be applied at your leisure. Our minimum order quantity is 50 badges, these can be useful if you want to be able to transfer your logo onto different items of clothing or if your staff can buy clothing from different sources but you still want them to be branded.

We have an especially dedicated website for this service, www.embroideredbadges.net, on here you are able to create your own badge.

The finished look:

The finished look, Embroidered Badges

In Garment Labelling

The convenient way to label clothes

Iron on labels are a really easy way to label clothes. This has become a staple for parents wishing to label their child's school uniform and sports kit, it saves a lot of time with a new school kit when historically they would need to sew on a large number of labels.

The finished look:

In Garment Labelling
In Garment Labelling

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