What Is The Turnaround Time For A Screen Print Order?

What Is The Turnaround Time For A Screen Print Order?

When you place an order for screen-printed apparel, it’s natural to wonder how long it’ll take for your order to go from a design to something on a t-shirt, hat, sweatshirt, or something else. At STL Shirt Co., we understand that in most cases time is of the essence and you need your screen-printed gear in St. Louis, MO by a certain date.

Usually, we recommend that you allow for anywhere between 7 to 10 business days for your order to go from the design phase to a finished product. But in our more than 40 years of printing experience, we’ve come across several pitfalls or speed-bumps that can keep your order from being finished within this timeframe, and today we will share them with you so that when you need screen-printed apparel in St. Louis, you can get it as quickly as possible. Call us at 636-926-2777 to get your order started today, or request a quote online.

What’s Keeping My Screen-Printing Order From Being Finished?

There are a few major factors that can extend the turnaround time for a screen print order. Some of them are occasionally out of our hands, but many others are easily prevented by customers knowing what they want and taking a few easy steps that will ensure their order will be on time.

  • Know your order quantity up-front: having a good idea of how many pieces you need is an easy way for us to plan ahead and procure the proper amount of shirts to print. If you suddenly need an increased order quantity, we may not have those extra shirts or sizes on hand and will need to order more which will extend your turnaround time.
  • Provide print-ready artwork: be exact with your desired artwork/logo size, dimensions, and placement. If you can, provide us artwork in a vector-based file type, such as .ai, .eps, or .pdf. While we can convert .jpg or .png files to vector artwork, this takes additional time and may not produce the image quality you want.
  • Use fewer colors in your design: every color in a screen-print design has to be printed separately. If you have a three-color design, for instance, this will take three times as long to print as a one-color design.
  • Consider the color of your apparel: printing on darker-colored items usually requires extra steps and care to make sure that your design stands out. If you want something done quicker, have it printed on a light-colored item, like white or gray.
  • Understand that some items may not be in stock: while we have a large number of products from top brands like Gildan, Badger, Bella+Canvas, and others in stock and ready to print, we may not have all colors or sizes at our shop and will have to order more. It’s entirely possible that your desired size and style is back-ordered nationwide. Our team, however, can work with you to suggest alternative items and deliver your screen-printed apparel on time.

What If I Need A Screen-Printing Order Now?

We understand that sometimes, you need a shirt or apparel order within days. Maybe your event was a spontaneous one, or your recreational sports team made a big tournament and you want spirit gear to celebrate it. That’s why we offer rush services for an additional charge. We can get your custom apparel to your door within days, without sacrificing the union-made quality you expect from STL Shirt Co.

Choose The Best Screen Printing Company | STL Shirt Co.

No matter what you want printed, how big your order is, or when you need it delivered, STL Shirt Co. is here to help you show your team spirit, commemorate an event, or raise funds for your school with screen-printed apparel. As a union print shop, we are dedicated to quality and getting you the best possible product, on time, and at the best possible price. Contact us online today or call us at (636) 926-2777 to get a quote and begin your screen-printed shirt order.