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FAQ

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For band t-shirts, we generally recommend Gildan and Stanley/Stella; our "standard" band t-shirt is Gildan Heavy (code GD005), which represents a great combination of quality and value.

Yes indeed, in a variety of brands. Best value would be Gildan (code GD072).

Different brands are available in different colour ranges; the widest choice is offered by Gildan Heavy (code GD002) and Stanley/Stella (code SX001).

We mix colours specifically for each job, and (at an additional cost) can work to Pantone references if required (within reasonable tolerances.) For consistency, however, we suggest that you incorporate colours from our standard print colour palette in your design. Please note that the appearance of the colours in this file are dependent on the calibration of your monitor, and of course the "shimmer" effect of shimmer inks isn't visible on-screen.

Yes; you can mix garment types, colours and sizes however you like without affecting the unit prices.

Vests, sweats, hoodies, long-sleeve shirts, workwear, fleeces, underwear, caps, bags, spacesuits, jackets, sportswear…

Absolutely: we're very fussy about this sort of thing.  We only source from suppliers with a published and independently verified ethical policy, supporting workers' welfare unions, local wage regulations, and the complete prohibition of forced labour (including child labour.)  We supply a number of brands (notably Stanley/Stella and Continental EarthPositive) who go further offering organic and vegan options.

The cheapest shirt we COULD supply will remain a secret, because we refuse to supply it (basically, it's crap.)  The cheapest shirt we DO supply is Gildan Heavy, although for certain functions the Fruit of the Loom Original (which is even cheaper) may be adequate.

The best sensibly-priced t-shirt in our range is, in our opinion, either Stanley/Stella SX001 or Continental EarthPositive EP01. (Continental shirts are not in our main catalogue; you can see them HERE.)

One.  (Well, strictly speaking it's none, but that's not so much an order as the absence of an order.)

Each extra colour requires one extra screen, and one extra print per shirt.

Again, this requires one extra screen (per colour) and one extra print (per colour) per shirt.

Oh all right, if you insist. It costs a bit more, though.

Yes, as long as the print occupies a rectangular area no bigger than 35cm wide by 44cm high, and doesn't fall within 2cm of a seam.  (For discharge print, which only works on 100% cotton garments, the print can be up to 42cm wide by 50cm high.)

Yes; this may require a high-resolution colour-separation and halftone output, which adds to the costs.

The screen is the stencil through which ink travels en route to becoming your printed design on the shirt.  It's made of a fine mesh, onto which your image is exposed so that ink can only pass through the design and not through the rest of the screen.

As long as your order is for at least 25 items using the screen(s), no; we re-make them free of charge at any time.

Yes, at a small extra charge.

Yes, at a small extra charge.

Yes; this is done using vinyl-cut transfer prints which vary in price from £2 to £4 per transfer.

Email is preferable, but we can scan from hard-copy at a push.  For files up to 10MB, please emailit to us; for larger files or folders, please use WeTransfer.

We can work from most graphics formats; .psd or .png at 300dpi or higher (at actual print size) normally does the trick, or any vector format (please ensure that any text is converted to outlines.)  If you only have .jpg imagery, we may be able to use it, but please be aware that .jpg is a lossy format and not recommended as a print source.  Please send the highest-resolution version of your artwork that you have.  When creating original artwork, please use a high resolution from the outset, and avoid anti-aliasing.

Depending how gruesome it is, we can usually clean up low-resolution artwork to get something printable, but it's always preferable for you to send a good high-resolution file if possible.

As long as we have (or can get) the font, yes.

For standard (Plastisol) screenprint, it’s approximately 35cm wide by 44cm high.  However, we can use discharge print on most 100% cotton garments, and this can be up to 42cm wide by 50cm high.

Yes, although we prefer to work from computer file if possible (especially if your hard-copy is bigger than A4.)

Turnaround time depends on the size and complexity of your order; if you have a specific deadline, please contact us as soon as you can so that we can confirm whether there may be any problem meeting it.  We can usually hit tight deadlines, but under certain circumstances we may be compelled to mutter under our breath, say fairly rude words, or suggest that you invest in a time machine.

We use DPD for most of our national and international deliveries

Standard DPD next-day business-hours delivery costs £12.00 plus VAT. (For very small orders, it's a bit less - it depends on the weight of the package.)

Yes you can.  If you want to collect outside of our normal business hours (8am-4.30pm Monday-Friday) we can arrange this as long as we have enough notice.

Daybrook, four miles north of Nottingham, England.

As long as you give us the tour schedule in advance, we can try to turn re-orders around within a matter of a few days (often even quicker than that - the key is to make sure that we make a plan in advance and keep your screens "live" and appropriate shirts in stock.)  We can discuss this prior to your initial order.

Screen-printing, using top-quality professional equipment. Our print carousels are one MHM E-Type 12-station / 7-colour semi-automatic, and two M&R Chameleon manual 6-colour carousels. We use a swing heatpress for vinyl-cut and transfer prints.

We offer exceptional print quality at fair prices; many print companies don't want to print less than a few hundred shirts, so they set much higher prices for smaller batches, but we specialise in working with small bands and other lower-volume clients, although we routinely handle batches up to 5000 or so.

We are fiercely proud of our reputation for the highest quality printing; we believe that our reputation speaks for itself, but if you've had a grim experience with another printer and are reluctant to take anything for granted, we'll be happy to send you a sample of our work.

Very much so; in addition to the two directors we have four full-time employees, two part-time employees and several sub-contractors.  In July 2006 we became a Limited Company, and moved from our our original small industrial unit to a much larger facility, increasing our capacity (and efficiency) five-fold.

BACS transfer, debit card, credit card, cheque (or, at a push, cash.)

We do prefer this if at all possible, but we can set up an account for you to pay on 14-day invoice if necessary.