Decoration Options

Minuteman Press offers a wide variety of products and services. In this catalog you will find we are focusing mostly on apparel. As this is just a small sample of the options available please feel free to inquire if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for. Below you will find some educational information about the different decoration techniques we can use on your apparel choice. These are the most popular options, but only a sample of what we can offer. When choosing a product make sure to discuss the decoration techniques with us.


 

EMBROIDERY
This is a traditional decorating process where thread is stitched directly onto a garment or accessory. Whether it’s a logo on a shirt, or a letter on a jacket, custom embroidery is a great way to embellish most apparel with a high-end looking logo. Embroidery gives a classic and professional look and feel combined with long lasting durability. Pricing is usually determined by the number of stitches in the logo and the number of pieces being embroidered. Embroidery has been the preferred choice of decoration for corporate apparel and uniforms but due to limitations with fine detail, color blending, and higher price points, direct screen printing and/or heat transfer technologies are competitive alternatives.


 

DIRECT SCREEN PRINTING

This decorating process utilizes inks applied directly to your garment or accessory by pressing the ink through a mesh screen. Each color within a design requires its own screen. This decoration method comes with some great advantages over embroidery because you can create high-end designs with exceptional fine detail, shading and gradients of colors you can’t create with embroidery. You can also incorporate many different effects into your logos including, but not limited to, distressed patterns, foil, glitter, pearl, puff and glow in the dark. Screen print pricing is usually determined by the number of colors being used, the size of the image(s) and the number of items being printed with the same custom logo. Direct screen printing is typically most price competitive when dealing with large volumes, 72 to 144 pcs or more.


 

HEAT TRANSFER

This decorating method uses the same process as direct screen printing but alternatively prints onto carrier paper which is then applied using an industrial grade heat press. This type of decorating process is widely used in apparel and accessory decorating because it allows for very low minimums (often 1 piece), so it’s great for fill-in needs. Heat transfer is also more price competitive when multiple colors are used in the same image, and gang running multiple images together in the same order (left chest and full back for example can both fit onto a transfer sheet). It’s ideal for adding unique names and numbers to sports apparel, and limitless color digital printing options. This decoration method is extremely durable and long lasting, typically lasting as long, if not longer than direct screen print. With heat transfers you can also decorate unique items often too difficult to direct screen print or embroider, like shoes, bags, hats, koozies, coolers, and more.