T-Shirt Vinyl

What is it?

T-shirt vinyl is a type of vinyl with an adhesive backing.  It can be cut, weeded, and applied to a variety of fabrics with a heat press. We now offer the ability to purchase blank vinyl online by the foot that can be picked up from our Indianapolis office during business hours.

Equipment:

We have two Roland GX-24 vinyl cutters that cut vinyl, and a Stahl’s heated weeding table to weed (the act of removing excess material not part of the actual design) the vinyl in mirrored form. The vinyl is then heat pressed onto the garment and the transfer paper is then removed. Each layer of vinyl (if using multiple colors) is applied separately.

Artwork:

We require vector art for creating vinyl designs.

-File types: Corel Draw (.cdr), Adobe Illustrator (.ai), .svg, .eps, and in some cases, .pdf files. Please DO NOT use Photoshop and save it as an EPS file…it is not the same as a vector art .eps file made with vector art software.

If you don’t have professional graphic design software, you can use our online designer, or have us create something for you. We can also convert rastor images to vector art for $30 each.

Print Locations and Use:

We can attach vinyl to almost any area of a garment. Vinyl is generally used for creating one or two color, one-off decoration, like small and simple company logos, name and/or numbers on sports jerseys, and prototypes for larger screen printed orders.

Our GX-24 Vinyl Cutters

Our lower heated pallet for heat pressing delicate fabrics

Left: Regular Vinyl Right: Glitter Vinyl

Printable Fabrics:

A variety of fabrics will work the types of t-shirt vinyl we stock.  This includes, but isn’t limited to: 100% cotton, 50/50 cotton/polyester blend, tri blends, 100% polyester, mesh, spandex, and vinyl. For t-shirt vinyl to be securely attached to a garment, a hot heat press is required. The fabrics being decorated must be able to withstand the high temperature and pressure of a heat press. Never washed or worn apparel is recommended. If previously worn apparel is to be decorated, it is recommended the garment is washed five times in water only prior to remove any detergents from the fabric. Chemicals/detergents remaining in the garment could burn when heat pressed.

Vinyl Colors:

While a wide variety of vinyl exists in different colors for use on different fabrics, we stock vinyls meant for cotton, polyester, and cotton/polyester blends: Athletic Gold, Black, Cardinal, Grey, Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Green, Gold, Kelly Green, Lemon, Navy, Orange, Red, Royal, Silver, Vegas Gold, and White. In glitter vinyl, we stock: Black, Black Gold, Copper (orange), Blush, Gold, Green, Jade, Lavender, Navy, Purple, Red, Royal, Silver, Vegas Gold, and White.

Vinyl in many different colors for use on these and other fabrics can be ordered on request.

Curing:

The adhesive backing on the vinyl used to bond it to a garment is very high quality. When attached with a quality heat press for the proper time and temperature (like the ones we have), rhinestones can last for years.

Garment Care:

Once you have your garment, proper care is necessary to achieve a normal garment and print life. For all garments, we recommend cold-water washing inside out and hang drying. You may tumble dry on fluff (no heat). Never iron over the decoration. Following these steps will help you achieve the maximum amount of life for your garment. Remember, no garment or print is designed to last forever!

We have samples of these types of t-shirt vinyl and more in our office. Please come by and check them out.  Get your questions answered, and see if custom vinyl or glitter vinyl is right for your apparel project!

If you are looking for custom vinyl or glitter vinyl shirts in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area (Alexandria, Anderson, Arcadia, Avon, Bargersville, Beech Grove, Broadripple, Brooklyn, Brownsburg, Camby, Carmel, Chesterfield, Cicero, Clayton, Clermont, Cloverdale, Cumberland, Danville, Edgewood, Edinburgh, Elwood, Fishers, Fortville, Franklin, Frankton, Greencastle, Greenfield, Greenwood, Indianpaolis, Ingalls, Lapel, Lawrence, Lebanon, Martinsville, McCordsville, Meridian Hills, Monrovia, Mooresville, Morristown, Nashville, New Palestine, New Whiteland, Noblesville, Pendleton, Pittsboro, Plainfield, Princes Lakes, Shelbyville, Sheridan, Southport, Speedway, St. Paul, Thortown, Trafalgar, Warren Park, Westfield, Whiteland, Whitestown, and Zionsville), A+ Images can help.

Not located in one of these cites? We also service Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, Evansville, Northwest Indiana, along with the entire country! Contract vinyl printing services and pricing are available.

For questions about t-shirt vinyl decoration, please contact Doug via email, or call 317-405-8955.

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