Many clothing brands we work for often want to add those extra touches to their garments to make them look more finished & professional. One relatively cheap way to do this is with screen printed neck prints. Since we get a bunch of questions about neck prints we thought it best to do a write up.
Screen printed neck prints are a print that goes inside the collar of the shirt with your logo / website & sometimes care information (washing instructions). Often customers require a tag removal (detagging) service to remove the existing branded label that comes in most shirts. With most things in screen printing, there are limitations & other things to consider when getting neck prints. Here's some frequently asked questions:
Q: Do I need them?
A: If you're looking to add a more high end finish to your products then you may want to consider screen printed neck prints (or woven labels / relabelling, which we'll cover in another article). Most customers that require this are indie clothing brands so often it's a good idea to add something in the shirt that's going to remind the customer where they bought the shirt from & give that nice finishing touch to shirts. The decision often falls on 2 factors, quantity & budget. The first factor to consider should be quantity, if you're going to be placing orders of 50+ shirts on every order, then you'd meet the MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) & neck prints may be a good option for you. Then see if you can allow room in your budget.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Typically, neck prints will add around £1 to your cost per garment (based on 50 items), but cost will decrease for higher quantities. If tag removal is also required this will add a further 50p per item (based on 50 items).
Q: What's the minimum order?
A: Minimum order for neck printing is 50 garments. This can be split over a range of shirts, as long as the neck print design remains the same on all garments.
Q: Can you remove the branded labels?
A: Stock shirts come with a branded label inside with care information. Customers often want to remove these when adding screen printed neck prints. The most common (& cheapest) tag removal we offer for these is detagging. This is where we cut the label & then remove from the collar without unpicking the stitching. We can also offer unpick & sew if the label cannot be removed via detagging (at an additional cost).
Q: What information do I need to include on my neck print?
A: If you're removing the care labels from the garments you must have fibre content stated on your new label by UK law. For example, 100% cotton, 50% cotton / 50% polyester etc. If selling within the EU you may have to include this in various languages. Other options aren't mandatory, but are recommended such as washing instructions / symbols & country of origin. You can read the full specifications along with requirements for sales outside the UK / EU on the UKFT website.
Q: Are there limitations to the garment type for neck printing?
A: Very thin garments aren't advised for neck prints, as the ink may show through the back of the garment. Some items can be like printing on a pair of tights the weave is so loose & thin, so there's no way to avoid show through. Sweaters, hoodies & other fleece lined items aren't advised either, as the surface doesn't print well due to the fluffy lining. We recommend woven labels with relabelling for these items.
Q: I want sizes on my neck prints, do I need to make a new screen for each shirt size?
A: We recommend putting all sizes on the same screen with a dot under each size. We can then tape up the dots according to the size being printed. This saves a new screen having to be made for each shirt size, which would increase the cost considerably. An example of this is below:
Q: What size should my neck print be?
A: Size of your neck print can depend on a number of variables (including personal preference) but usually 6 - 10 cm is about right. We'll use our best judgement if not supplied with exact sizing, which you can sign off before printing.
Q: What colour should my neck print be?
A: If you're ordering a range of shirt colours that include light & dark coloured garments with neck prints we recommend using a mid - light grey colour ink. This can then be printed on all garment colours without changing the ink colour (ink colour changes can increase the price). If using a light grey ink this allows the print to be on the inside of white t-shirts without the ink showing through the back & also will show up on most other colours. Please note that mid - dark ink colours on white shirts will be visible through the back, especially on thinner t-shirts.
That pretty much covers everything. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us!