Feb 262014
 

Many individuals are confused when they see a label that states a t-shirt has been preshrunk. They automatically think that the shirt has been completely washed and dried, which would eliminate any possibility of having it shrink during future washings. Unfortunately, that is a myth and we are here to debunk the myth surrounding preshrunk t-shirts.

The term preshrunk actually describes an entire process that the fabric has gone through before being made into the t-shirt that you are wearing. The following is a closer look at what exactly ‘preshrunk’ means and the process the fabric goes through before being used to create a shirt.

Fabrics Naturally Want to Shrink

All natural and synthetic fabrics have a natural tendency to want to shrink when they are washed. This is because the fibers of the fabric will want to tighten up and bunch together. This tightening action results in entire fabric shrinking, which results in a change in the overall shape and size of the article of clothing.

The Preshrinking Process

Seeing the term ‘preshrunk’ may automatically bring up images of having the t-shirt washed and dried before it is sold, but it actually implies the use of a process that is known as preshrinking.

The preshrinking process involves placing the fabric that is used to create the t-shirt through a processing machine. The processing machine will force the fibers of the fabric to group together and tighten. When the fibers of the fabric are grouped together, it will eliminate the possibility of the shirt shrinking when it is washed.

Do the Preshrunk Shirts Never Shrink When Washed?

There is a common belief that preshrunk shirts will never shrink in the wash. This, unfortunately, is not true. Preshrunk shirts can, and sometimes will, shrink in the wash.

The preshrinking process will eliminate the possibility of a t-shirt shrinking in the wash, but it will not completely prevent any shrinkage. The t-shirt could shrink in the future, but the shrinkage will be very minimal. It is believed that the shrinkage is only about 3-7% of the size of the t-shirt, which would barely impact the fit of the shirt.

Why Many T-Shirts are Preshrunk Before Being Sold?

T-shirts are often preshrunk because it eliminates any type of guess work out of choosing a t-shirt size. If a t-shirt is a large, it most likely will not shrink in the wash to a medium or small. This makes it easier for people to choose a shirt that will fit them without fear that the clothing will shrink and not be able to be worn in the future.

Next time you are looking at a t-shirt label and notice the term ‘preshrunk’, you will be able to understand exactly what it means and how it impacts the t-shirt you are purchasing.


Sep 262013
 

Customers and businesses looking for high quality, professional looking apparel can turn to the vast inventory of clothing available through Port Authority. Port Authority Apparel is a high-end apparel manufacturer that focuses on creating a variety of clothing and accessories that are ideal for use as company uniforms, casual attire, and everything in between.

Not to be confused with the Port Authority, which is the governmental division responsible for overseeing transportation and shipping in ports/cities all across Canada and the United States; Port Authority clothing is something completely different.

Port Authority is well-known for manufacturing ‘blank’ apparel that is ideal for use as promotional attire or company uniforms. The blank apparel, manufactured under the brand collection Port Authority, comes in a variety of colors and is designed in such a way that company logos, pictures, or business names can be imprinted on the garments. These images can be imprinted almost anywhere on the apparel from the shirt sleeve, to the back of the shirt or on the pocket.

Company uniforms, whether casual short-sleeve t-shirts or formal, button down business shirts, need to look neat, clean, and professional. No matter how a company logo or business name is placed on the apparel, if the actual garments themselves are not made of a high quality and professional looking material, the image of the company could be in jeopardy.

Port Authority apparel, under its brand collection titled Port Authority Signature, has a vast selection of apparel made out of high quality materials and fabrics. Apparel ranging from jackets and shirts, to windbreakers is made out of silk blended fabric, elegant microfiber, or even leather.

Everyday casual attire can be found in the Port Authority’s Port & Company collection. Creating clothing for children, teens, men and women, the Port & Company collection specializes in offering solid colored, high quality apparel at prices the whole family can afford. The apparel ranges in styles from t-shirts that are perfect for casual wardrobes to polo shirts and long-sleeve button down shirts that can be used for creating semi-formal or business outfits.

Apparel for children, women, and men are not the only items Port Authority creates. Port Authority also creates a number of accessories that are fashionable, yet practical. The items come in a variety of solid colors and some can be imprinted with initials, names or company logos. Blankets, backpacks, duffle bags, and towels are just some of the many accessories that Port Authority creates.Port-Authority-Logo

 

Sep 192013
 

Whether you own a retail establishment and want to get your name out there or you have a cause near and dear to your heart, one excellent way of sharing your message is by ordering promotional t-shirts. You can outfit yourself, staff and friends in these shirts, sell them to customers or give them away and gain free advertising each time someone decides to pair one of these shirts with a pair of jeans. However, not every t-shirt promotion is met with success. These five simple tips will assure your program is a worthwhile investment. And now our 5 tips when creating a promotional shirt.

• Quality is Key – No matter how attractive your logo, if it is printed on a boxy, ill-fitting or uncomfortable shirt, you will have a hard time convincing people to wear it. Additionally, a low-quality shirt can make your brand appear cheap or inferior.

• Make it Fun – The best promotional shirts don’t feel like a promotion. If your shirt looks like a giveaway, it will not achieve the level of appreciation you hope it may. Think about The Hard Rock Café. Visitors to the restaurant pay $25 to wear a t-shirt that advertises the brand. While you may not achieve that level of success, think about making a shirt that customers will want to wear.

• Offer Options – Not everyone wears a men’s medium or large. Think about offering women’s sizes, sizes ranging up to 2XL and other options as needed. This way, anyone who may want to wear your design will find one that fits.

• Colors – While you want to create a shirt that utilizes the colors of your brand, think about making them wearable. While your brand utilize a bright yellow and red design, perhaps it would be better to offer a grey or black shirt with yellow and red logo—instead of making the shirt itself a bright yellow.

• Work With Experts – Not every company that prints these shirts is in the t-shirt promotion business. Find a company that knows what it takes to create shirts that will wow everyone who sees them.

As you can see, there are many things you need to consider before you place an order for promotional t-shirts. If you have any questions or concerns about your t-shirt promotion program, or want to discuss your ideas, give us a call or contact us online at Outletshirts.come038c072ffaf40c60862fc394ed05c4a

Sep 132013
 

A t-shirt is a t-shirt, right? Actually, no. Anyone who wears t-shirts regularly knows that some t-shirts are just more comfortable than others. While some of what makes a t-shirt comfortable is the way it fits or the way it is cut, much of how good it feels is determined by the weight and make-up of the shirt itself. Understanding a bit more about the different weights that are available and what the weights mean will make it easier for you to choose a shirt that fits your needs perfectly.

With shirts, there is a numerical weight attached to them. The most common weights range between 5.1 and 6.1 ounces. The weight refers to what one-yard of the fabric weighs—not the shirt itself—so the weight/feel is standard across all sizes of shirts. That is because logically an extra-large shirt will weigh more than a small would.

It used to be that when you were comparing quality of t-shirts, heavier was better. In certain applications, this is still true. A heavy shirt is excellent for use on a job site where a thicker shirt is less likely to tear or rip. However, for everyday use—especially in a high-fashion screen printed shirt—many people prefer the feel of a lightweight, thin shirt. These are becoming increasingly popular. One of the lightweight shirts making a big splash is the Perfect Weight Tee by District Made.

A thinner shirt often feels better on the skin and is made from a higher-quality blend of materials. As a general rule, the thinner shirts are less likely to shrink than the thick ones are. It is very important to understand this when purchasing shirts. If you are buying a heavy-duty shirt for use on a work site, it may be best to buy up a size to account for shrinkage.

When purchasing shirts, a lot of the decision all boils down to personal preference. Spend some time looking over the weights and shirts available here at Outletshirts.com. If you have any questions about the weight or other purchasing issues, feel free to call or contact us and let one of our t-shirt experts help you make the right decision. After all, there are not many articles of clothing that are as comfortable and durable as a good t-shirt, so it only makes sense to choose one that you will enjoy wearing for years to come.Red

Jun 082009
 

This article provides a brief history of Hanes. This includes everything from the founding of the company, its evolution, impact, products, and some of the more common uses of these products today. Hanes is one of the best know household brands in the United States and has been in existence for over 100 years. The company long ago established themselves as one of the largest names in their industry.

In 1901 J. Wesley Hanes founded a company called Shamrock Mills, later changed the name to Hanes Hosiery. A year later Pleasant Hanes formed the company P. H. Hanes Knitting Co. Around the 1920’s both companies continued to progress from making undergarments to marketing t-shirts, sleepwear, fleece, and knitted shorts. Finally in 1965 the companies merged. This was believed to be the only merger between two companies with the same family name. Over the next 20 years Hanes continued to acquire and create new brands now under the parent company Hanes Brands Inc. Hanes is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

A statement from the Hanes Brand Inc website confirms the brands’ reach: “In a recent survey, Hanesbrands can be found in eight out of 10 American households, and they are sold in hundreds of stores, plus Web and catalog. What’s more, our brands hold either the number-one or number-two U.S. market position by sales in most product categories in which we compete: First in T-shirts, fleece, socks, men’s underwear, sheer hosiery…”

Hanes sells a variety of apparel essentials. Some of these are sold under the Hanes and Silver for Her labels. These products include: t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, hoodies, sport shirts, tank tops, fleece jackets, and a whole lot more.

Hanes does not mark the exterior of any of its apparel. This feature makes the brand great for embellishment such as embroidery or screen-printing. Most of the Hanes items found in the wholesale apparel industry work the best for screen printing, with sport shirts being good for both embroidery and screen printing.

Whether your outfitting a school group, kids camp, team, or simply like durable and comfortable apparel Hanes is a great choice. The Hanes brand carries a great reputation, history and durability that rival any of their competitors.

Jun 082009
 

Choosing the Right T-Shirt for Printing

As many people know custom t-shirts are one of the most effective forms of advertising. If you are interested in getting shirts printed for your company choosing the right t-shirt is one of the most important steps. Hopefully through this article I will be able to help some you make an educated decision when it comes to getting shirts printed.

Choosing the wrong weight of shirt is a very common mistake.

The first mistake is selecting a shirt that is too heavy. If you are having shirts made for a lawn care company you would not want to use a heavy t-shirt like the Hanes Beefy-T 6.1 Oz. They would not breath as well as a lighter shirt and would be uncomfortable during the summer heat. Not to mention these garments would be more expensive than something lighter. If you were printing shirts to sell this would be a good choice. They are very high quality and that would show while on display.

The second weight related mistake is choosing a product that is to light. There is a brand name “AAA” that is made in China. These shirts can be bought for about $.40 a piece. But the old adage applies: “You get what you pay for.” If you are looking to print shirts to give away these shirts would be okay, but will not last longer than a few washes. If you are going to sell the shirts, I would strongly advise not using this brand. Other manufacturers make cheap t-shirts as well. For the sake of longevity you should not use anything with a weight less than 4 ounces.

Now on to color.

The color of shirt that you choose will effect the cost of printing. Light colors like ash, white or yellow should not effect the price. However dark colors like black, navy, forest et al. will increase the cost of printing. They are also more expensive than the lighter colors. These colors — especially black — are worth the extra cost. They will be your best sellers — people love black t-shirts. The printing on these shirts needs an undercoat. If this is not done the color of the shirt will peek through the printed ink. When estimating what you will pay for printing you must add the cost of one color to the cost of printing. Once in a while you will encounter a company that does not require the undercoat. This will save you money. Trust me, I can tell you from experience, it is not worth it.

Shirt Style Effects Price

One thing that will effect the cost of a shirt is the style. It should have no effect on the cost of printing. Unless you are interested in an unusual printing location like down the sleeve. The difference between short sleeves and long sleeves can increase the cost of a tee. While adding a pocket will add to the cost as well. Printing on the pocket is can be difficult and you would have a hard time finding a company that would do that for you.

Discounts for Volume

Unlike other apparel products t-shirts are a little more difficult to get volume discounts on. The price mark up that the distributor is making on the t-shirts can often be as low as 3%. So discounts on top of an already good price would be cutting into profits.

In conclusion choosing the right t-shirt for your printing job is not hard as long as you know what to look for. Don’t choose a shirt that is too heavy or to light. Select the correct color. Match your company colors, or colors that will complement your logo. Or if you are printing these shirts to be sold, you can never go wrong with black. Style is very important, as it will effect dramatically effect the cost of the shirt. Ask for volume discounts, but if you get a discount don’t expect to much.

Jun 082009
 

We are very excited to announce that we now are offering Toddler and Infant clothing. Precious Cargo is the newest product in our line from Port Authority. For those of us not wanting to spend a fortune on something that is going to be out-grown or out-worn, we offer this new high-quality affordable line of clothing. With this selection of infant and toddler tees, Lap-Shoulder Tees, Onesies, Bibs, Receiving Blankets, and Infant Fleece Hats, our children can now be comfortable more comfortably. This brand has no logos so it is a perfect item for embellishment of all types.

If you are in a rush to get Precious Cargo items, most specifically around the holidays it is best to call for a stock check.