Printing process

Single-colour vinyl Machine

This machine is used primarily for creating stencils on single colour rolls of vinyl for either stickers or for the use of heat transfer, which is what we use it for. It can also be used for multi-colour vinyl prints but because we have a different machine for this process now it is not something that we use it for anymore.

For any design to be cut on this machine we require a vector format, but if you do not have it in this format then we can usually work from your design to create something to work from as generally for a lot of businesses it isn't readily available. Most graphic design companies may design your logo as a vector, but won't provide it to you unless you pay extra, but the raster (image version) is generally big enough for us to work from to convert to the right format.

Multi-colour vinyl Machine

This is the upgrade that the vinyl cutting machine always wanted. Although the vinyl cutter could cut around multi-colour images for printing, it was often very fiddly and you were limited to the size of your printer; in our case it was A4. With this machine we are able to print a design onto a roll of vinyl which measures around 470mm wide and then it can be as big as a full roll of vinyl, which is generally around 30metres. Not only this but once printed it will also cut around the design if we wanted. We can use this machine for:

  • Multi-colour heat transfer designs
  • Stickers
  • Posters
  • Banners (with rivets)

Embroidery Machine

Essentially a digital version of the traditional sewing machine, this will independently stitch a design that has been created on the computer. The machine that we use has the following features:

  • Enables us to use up to sixteen colours on a single design
  • Acti-feed system - So we don't have dials for each needle to manually adjust thread tension
  • Stitching speed of up to 1500SPM
  • Can have multiple heads (machines) working side-by-side on the same network stitching a design independently

Due to the nature of it we will require any design to be given to us in a vector format. Any design has to first be "digitized" for embroidery. This involves first separating the design into segments by colour so that it can be embroidered one colour at a time. If we receive the design as a raster graphic then in some cases it will have to be entirely re-drawn by ourselves so that it can be used for embroidery. It is a priority then that we receive your design in a vector format, although we can work around this should you not have one available. We can explain this in further detail to you should you not have the logo or design in the file format that we require, as all designs are different and have different levels of intricacy and detail.