When we tell someone we are going to “vinyl” their shirt, they think, “ew…that heavy stuff they used to press on shirts in the mall in the 1980’s??!!” Well, no. When we talk about vinyl, we are referring to Siser EasyWeed Vinyl, GlitterFlake Vinyl from Stahls, Thermofilm, Glow in the Dark, Metallic, or many other options available now. These vinyl materials can be as thin as 90 microns, which is about the equivalent of 0.09 millimeters…which feels like a very thin sheet of paper. For example, when you print Easy Weed or Easy Weed Stretch on an entry level Gildan 100% cotton T-Shirt, the vinyl feels like a screen printed design! There are even vinyls that look like gel, puff, and the already mentioned glow in the dark!
Vinyl really has advanced with technology just like everything else. Vinyl is a great alternative to screen printing especially when you need smaller orders. These pictures are a great example.
Each of these items create a unique look for the customer, but a team look for the school. Parents will know the staff members by the apparel they are wearing, yet each person did not have to order exactly the same shirt. And the school didn’t have to order 30 jackets when not everyone wanted jackets.
In addition, the vinyl is tested and will last the life of the garment. In fact, most vinyls will outlast the garment! So you may remember the vinyl of the 1980’s, but this is not it! The new millennium vinyl has come as far as the phones from rotary to cell! Go ahead, dream about what you would like made. Vinyl just may be the answer!