Union of Art & Technology
With over a quarter of a century of embroidery experience, we continue to update our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to offer you the latest advances in embroidery and digitizing technology skills. We take great pride in our attention to detail and the quality work we produce. Our goal is to create a piece that your company, team, or you personally, will be proud to wear!
Screen Print Process
Screen Print Step 1
Once the customer's artwork is approved, it is transferred onto optically clear film, which is used to image the screens.
Screen Print Step 2
The artwork film is placed on a screen frame that is stretched with a polyester mesh material, and is coated with a light-sensitive emulsion. The image is transferred from film to screen with a vacuum table/exposure unit.
Screen Print Step 3
The screens are gently washed with warm water to rinse away the unexposed areas of the screen stencil.
Screen Print Step 4
Once dried, they are inspected for ''pin-holes'' or weak spots. These areas are blocked or taped off, and finally are clamped into the press for printing.
Screen Print Step 5
Smaller orders are done by hand on a manual press.
Screen Print Step 6
Larger quantity orders are done on an automatic press, which is capable of printing ten-color designs.
Screen Print Step 7
After printing, all pieces are quality checked before shipping to the customer.
Embroidery Step 1
Talented embroidery designers digitize the design using state-of-the-art embroidery software. Techniques learned through years of experience allow the designers to ensure the embroidery will look great on a variety of garments and fabrics.
Embroidery Step 2
Thread colors are chosen from a vast library of threads and matched to Pantone requirements. Multiple color sequences are often required for the design to be sewn on different garment colors.
Embroidery Step 3
Each design is sewn out on our test machine to ensure the design looks and runs great.
Embroidery Step 4
The design and color combinations are approved by the customer. This is accomplished through an emailed ''virtual'' sample or a mailed sewn swatch that allows the customer to view the completed design.
Embroidery Step 5
After the approval process, the design is sent to production to be run on one of our 10 multi-head embroidery machines.
Embroidery Step 6
Garments are inspected for defects and the embroidery location is marked using tape. The garment is precisely placed in a hoop for security and alignment during the embroidery process. Backing materials are hooped with the garment to stabilize the fabric during the sewing process.
Embroidery Step 7
The embroidery machine is threaded with the proper thread colors for the job. Up to 15 different thread colors can be loaded on the embroidery machine at one time.
Embroidery Step 8
The embroidery design and color sequence is loaded into the embroidery machine. The machine automatically trims and changes thread colors for each color change.
Embroidery Step 9
The machine operator runs the design. If the design features appliqué, the operator places the appliqué pieces at the appropriate time.
Embroidery Step 10
The garments then go to the finishing department where the excess backing is trimmed away and hoop marks are steamed out. The finished garments are inspected for quality and folded for bagging or boxing.