November 15, 2023 3 min read
Printing is a crucial element in the production process of jerseys, offering a diverse range of techniques with various applications. We will introduce five commonly used printing methods in sportswear production, providing a brief analysis of the fabrics suitable for each type and their respective advantages and disadvantages
Sublimation printing uses high temperature and pressure to directly convert solid ink into gas, permeating polyester fibers to create a lasting design. It is suitable for vibrant and full-panel designs. In recent years, many companies, including ours, have adopted this technique for designing various sports jerseys.
The production process involves printing the design on paper using a printer and then transferring it to the fabric through heat transfer. The fabric is then cut and stitched, making it ideal for small-batch customization.
Screen printing, the oldest and most widely used printing method in the garment industry, involves transferring ink through a mesh screen onto sportswear. It is particularly suitable for simple designs and large areas. Screen printing is extensively applied in mass production of jerseys due to its high output and cost-effectiveness.
Some special techniques, such as hot stamping, can be accomplished through screen printing. Screen printing is also capable of achieving gradient colors, but it demands a higher level of technical expertise
Heat transfer printing involves imprinting a design onto heat-sensitive paper and then transferring it to sportswear through heat and pressure. While not commonly used for customizing jerseys due to the risk of numbers peeling off, it is a popular method for DIY enthusiasts. Replica NBA jerseys also use this method, offering vibrant colors at a lower price, but often criticized for lower quality.
While not offered by our company, direct-to-garment printing involves spraying ink directly onto sports apparel, suitable for colorful and high-resolution designs.
There are two main types of embroidery for jerseys: full embroidery, like our Mighty Ducks logo, and patch embroidery for player names and numbers. Embroidery provides a high-quality, durable embellishment commonly used for logos and designs on NBA authentic jerseys and Mitchell & Ness jerseys.
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