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:

Recommended layout for neck prints. Only the drop below the size being printed will be visable when printing.

Recommended layout for neck prints. Only the drop below the size being printed will be visable when printing.

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!