Supply Chain Issues

Over the past several months the garment apparel industry has had some supply chain issues. This includes shipping delays and product availability from manufacturers and distributors. This is having an effect on the brand, style and color of available shirts and also turnaround times of you receiving your order.

Shipping issues are a result of the major shipping companies, FedEx, UPS and USPS, having a difficult time keeping up with demand, therefore deliveries of blank products that used to only take a day or two can now take three, four, or more days. Orders from warehouses farther away can take five to seven or more days just to get the items in our warehouse. It has become such an issue that these companies have suspended their shipping guarantees all together. 

The issues with actual blank apparel are a bit more complex. When COVID started to shut everything down, production worldwide stopped. Most of these products come from factories overseas. When they opened back up they had staffing issues for various reasons and have had a difficult time keeping up with demand. COVID also had an effect on the supply chain with getting the finished product out into the market. There are issues with getting the products into shipping containers, getting the containers on the ships, getting the containers unloaded at their final destination, getting the shipping containers through customs, and then, finally with shipping from the port to their destination at various distribution warehouses. All of this due to high demand with the reopening of the economy worldwide and issues with having enough people to do the jobs necessary to get the items where they need to be. 

We are being told by representatives from the different distribution companies that this problem will likely carry over well into 2022 and possibly into 2023. The supply side is working to keep up with the demand side as much as they can.

What this means for our customers is that you may need to have a few different shirt colors in mind, be willing to use multiple brands (this will mean that the shirt colors could be slightly different) and styles (some may be 100% cotton, some 50/50 cotton/poly, and some 100% polyester) and order early if you have a planned event. 


We are doing everything we can to keep our business running as efficiently and as quickly as possible with the circumstances we are currently under. We thank you for your patience and understanding!!

Same Day Screen Printing

We often get calls asking if we can screen print shirts for a same day pick up. Honestly, we wish we could. Screen printing is a complicated process that takes a bit of time and here is why…

Custom Art

The art for each order is custom made for the person, school, business, church or organization that is requesting it. Custom art takes time to create. I mean, it is custom right?!

We have an artist here on site that goes over what you want on your shirts, what color shirts you are wanting, how many print locations, how many colors you are wanting to use and then puts it all together for you. Because of all that we have going on, we do not create any art while you wait. It can be a time consuming process and can take a while to get it put together.

After the art is done, a proof is put together and emailed to you for you to look over and make sure it looks the way you want it to look. Generally, this process can take a day or two depending on how quickly we get a response and how many changes may need to be made to the art.

Pre-Screen Printing Processes

Once the artwork has been finalized and approved, we have to print films. Films are what we use to create the screens for your custom order. We print one film for each color being used.

Once films have been printed everything goes into the dark room so we can create the screens. There is an individual screen created for each color being used in your artwork. Screens need to be burned, rinsed out, and then they need to dry. Living in a humid climate some days this process can take a bit longer than other days.

Blank Garments

While artwork is being done, we often get the deposit for the garments. We do not keep any blank garment inventory here. We order as we need the items. Our building isn’t large enough to house and inventory blank items. Most apparel decorators work this way.

Once we get an okay on the work order and a deposit (we will email you a work order that shows all the details of our order and require an approval) we place the order for the blank items you are wanting decorated. We can get most blank garments in a day or two, but that all depends on what items you pick, when we receive the okay on the work order and get the deposit on your order.

Sometimes, however, it can take several days to get the blank garments here. If we can only get the items from a distributors warehouse that is several days shipping from our location or if UPS or FedEx misplace a box it can take anywhere from 5-7 days to get the blank items. We generally try to inform you if the items are a 5-7 day ship to allow you to either okay that time frame or to pick a different item. We cannot control what happens with UPS or FedEx and do our best to notify you if this becomes a problem.

Print Schedule

We place orders on the print schedule based on artwork being finalized and approved, having an approved work order and deposit, and when the blank goods arrive here. 

While all of this is going on, we are going through this same process with others and often other orders are already on the print schedule and in line to be printed when your order is being worked on.

Your order will be placed on the schedule once we have all of the moving parts in place and it is ready for production!!

Set Up Time

The time it takes to set up a print job on the screen printing press is determined by the number of colors that are in your artwork and the complexity of the art. Fine details can be a challenge when lining everything up.

This is where the films and burned screens come into the process. An order that has just one color takes very little set up time as long as the films were done correctly and the screens were burned without any problems. We simply line up the artwork on the press, print a test to make sure everything is good and start printing!

With each additional color being used there is added set up time. We have to line up each color correctly or the final image will not be correct. An order with 6 colors in the print can take several hours to set up before we can even print a test shirt. Lining up all those colors can take a lot of time!!

Order Pick Up

Because of all the different steps involved in printing your custom order, it generally take 7-10 business days from the time we get the artwork finalized and approved, a list of sizes and a work order approved, and half down, to get your final project done. This is a general timeline and can vary depending on how many other orders are already on the print schedule when your order is placed.

Our ultimate goal is to get you a final product that you will love and get it done in a timely fashion. If the day comes when we can do same day printing you will be the first to know!!

 

The Shop

Sometimes people wonder what it’s like out in the shop. The first thing I tell them it’s hot, very hot sometimes in mid-July. And with the humidity it only gets hotter! This pic was taken on a day that it was about 85 outside. With all the equipment running the temp gets up there. In the winter it can be quite cold without the equipment running warming things up for us. Spring and fall aren’t too bad!!

After we talk about the temp I get to tell them about some of the cool stuff we do and the equipment we get to play with all the time. We have an M&R 6 color, 8 station automatic press and a 4 color, 4 station manual press. We also have an M&R Boomrang gas dryer.




This is just the big stuff!

We also have embroidery equipment, a vinyl cutter and a heat press, not to mention all the equipment that is needed in order to get to the printing part!