Sublimated Jerseys – What You Should Know About and The Process

Sublimated Jerseys – What You Should Know About and The Process

Sports jerseys are getting more and more popular. If you’re looking to buy a sports shirt or performance apparel, the first question you’ll probably have is what material it’s made out of. Sublimated jerseys are a great way to add a unique touch to your brand, especially when it comes to sports. They are often used for team jerseys, but can also be used for other types of clothing and apparel.


What Are Sublimated Jerseys?


Do you want your t-shirts to look as good as they feel? If so, sublimation shirt printing is a great choice! Sublimation printing is used by many professional sports teams in order to get high-quality, colorful shirts. The process is simple: you take the shirt that you want printed on and then put it through a special machine that applies a special heat to the fabric (specifically the place where you would like the graphic image to be applied), causing the ink particles to change their state (or sublimate) into vapor when heated. This evaporates into the air without ever actually touching the fabric.


When we think of a sublimation jersey, the first thing that comes to mind is the ability to custom print any design and logo you can imagine. It’s often used by sports teams such as basketball or football due to its proven durability and ability to last through many pieces of washing. A sublimated version would be a cheaper option for your team - especially if you wanted to order in bulk quantities.


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The Sublimation Printing Process


First, "sublimation" is added to the fabric. When heated, the inks are converted to gases, which combine with the cloth to imprint the fabric permanently. This process is so permanent that it reduces the rate at which the ink begins to fade -- unlike other transfer methods, where ink lays on top of itself rather than permanently embedding itself into the substrate.


The end result is a full-color image that is permanent and won't crack, peel, or wash off of the substrate. The process permits the ink to go from a solid to a gas without becoming liquid. The conversion is initiated by heat, and is governed by pressure. Unlike sublimation printing in which ink is applied over the top of the fabric and then pressed onto it, sublimation direct-to-garment (DTG) printing uses a special paper made to withstand high temperatures. The paper is dipped into a tub of ink and then exposed to high temperatures on an ironing board. This transfers the ink directly onto the garment. The process can be used on jerseys of all kinds – hockey and football jerseys, volleyball jerseys, and even t-shirts.


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As you can see, sublimated jerseys are a great alternative to screen printing or heat presses. If you’re looking for a way to stand out in the sports industry, sublimated jerseys can help you do just that. Start thinking about what your brand means and what it represents, and make sure it’s something different from the rest of the crowd. Once you decide on this message to tell people, next you should start doing some research on companies that offer sublimated jerseys. Such as Patriot Sports.


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