When you Sublimate a T-Shirt what is happening is that you are using specialized dyes and heat applications to create a 360 degree look and feel for the T-Shirt. Sublimate technology involves industrial heat and pressure, dye sublimation inks, wide format industrial printers and experience in the art of dye sublimation.
One of the questions that we get asked on a regular basis is “Do you sublimate?” and the answer is “yes we do!” but what most people don’t realize is that the art of sublimation comes in two very different and distinct processes.
The first type of sublimation is done in a cut and sew scenario. In this type of process, rolls of fabric are cut into the panels that will be used for the production work. These panels are sent to sublimate, and when returned, are sewn together into the finished garment. Using this method, there is 100% coverage of sublimation decoration and the finished product has no gaps near seams where sublimation did not occur. This method is preferred and used by most large manufacturing companies.
The second type of sublimation is done in a post cut and sew scenario. In this type of process, the garments are already sewn into it’s finished product, for example a T-Shirt. This T-Shirt is ironed flat with an industrial iron and then sent to sublimate. This process works well, but there are some defects that can’t be avoided. In particular, blank areas on T-Shirts where sublimation does not occur, can typically be found near the seams, in the arm pit areas and by the neck.
When comparing the price of cut and sew sublimation to post sewn sublimation, the differences are vast. So small defects that are hardly noticeable, are often accepted by the customer.
If you want to sublimate, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.