At Ikonic Print, we are pleased to be able to offer you a range of options to personalise your product!
We'll help bring your design or logo to life with our top of the line embroidery and printing machines. Some products or garments are better suited for embroidery, while others are best printed, but this overview below will help you pick the right method for you!
Embroidery is a great choice for businesses and teams, and has a professional look while holding up in the wash over and over. It's also something a lot of people ask for, without necessarily taking all the factors into account. For example, thin t-shirts don't hold embroidery very well, and embroidering any waterproof items damages the integrity of the waterproof-ness - no one wants a soggy back where the design has been embroidered on to it! The garments that we find work best with embroidery are polo shirts, aprons or tabards, shirts and blouses, jackets and fleeces, and beanies and caps.
This method of application starts with your garment of choice being placed in one of our embroidery frames with a piece of fabric backing beneath, and aqua topping on the top, which helps prevent any stitching sink into textured fabrics. The frame is then placed onto our industry leading embroidery machines where the digitized file is then stitched onto the garment automatically.
Our embroidery machines have 15 needles, which means we can have up to 15 unique colours on your design or logo! We are proud to only use the best quality threads on our embroidery machines to guarantee the best result.
We can really make a logo pop with different stitch types which helps create different textures on your garment, ideal for emphasising text or a specific part of the design. We also offer 3D embroidery, which is when a piece of foam is placed on top of the garment and embroidered on top of, to create a real show-stopping look!
DTF (Direct-To-Film) Transfers
We're proud to be one of the UK's first print shop to offer DTF printing, an upgraded technique which (in our opinion) beats it's rivals such as DTG (Direct to Garment) and screen printing. While these methods may be more cost effective in largescale quantities, DTF provides a high quality, quick and hassle-free print for 1 or 100 designs or logos, and still competitively priced! Plus, DTF has a longer life, doesn't crack or peel, and can be washed over and over without losing any quality of the print.
DTF is ideal for designs with lots of colours, both vivid and muted, fine details or intricate patterns, and realistic photo printing.
Similar to how a normal printer works, a design is loaded into our software before being sent to the printer, and beings printing directly onto a roll of transfer film. The coloured inks are then covered with a layer of white ink, to provide a block background for the design. While still wet, the film then moves through the printer to be covered in a layer of hot-melt adhesive powder, which is what binds the design to the garment. Once the full design is covered with a thin layer of powder, the film is moved to a curing oven, where the inks dry and the adhesive melts. Finally the designs are cut to size and applied to the correct position of the garment, before being pressed with a heat press machine. The film is then removed and the garment is pressed once more to lock in the design.
Finally, we also have vinyl transfers. To put simply, vinyl transfers are typically a one colour design that's a little more simple and less intricate - think football tops with a name and number!
Once the colour is selected, the vinyl is put through a cutter with delicately cuts out the design shapes, letters or numbers. We then weed the unwanted vinyl from the design, flip and press onto the garment with our heat press. This is ideal for one off designs and low quantity orders.