Shirtwrapz is a division of Stitchcrafters Inc, providing custom Dye Sublimated Apparal and acceriories. Stitchcrafters Inc. was founded in 1992 providing marketing assitiance to both small and large businesses with promotional items. Stitchcrafters Inc. started with only embroidery and through the needs of our customers over the years have became a full service provider of marketing materials from a one man operation and as big as the number one brand in the world, Coca Cola. In House, we produce Embroidery, Screen Printing, Large format Digital printing such as banners, signs and vehicle wraps. Shirtwrapz is excited to provide custom apparel printed from seam to seam and made right here in Burke County USA.
Dye-sublimation printing is a state of the art digital printing technology using full color artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. Also referred to as digital sublimation, the process is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners, as well as novelty items such as cell phone covers, plaques, coffee mugs, and other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces. The process uses the science of sublimation, in which heat and pressure are applied to a solid, turning it into a gas through an “endothermic” (a process or reaction in which the system absorbs energy from its surroundings; usually, but not always, in the form of heat.) reaction without passing through the liquid phase.
In sublimation printing, unique sublimation dyes are transferred to sheets of “transfer” paper via liquid gel ink through a piezoelectric print head. The ink is deposited on these high-release inkjet papers. After the digital design is printed it is placed on a heat press along with the substrate to be sublimated.
In order to transfer the image from the paper to the substrate, it requires a heat process that is a combination of time, temperature and pressure. The heat process applies this special combination, which can change depending on the substrate, to “transfer” the sublimation dyes at the molecular level into the substrate. The most common dyes used for sublimation activate at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a higher range of heat is normally recommended for optimal color.
The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print. Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.
We are located at:
7923 Houston Ave
Hickory, NC 28602