Cheer season is almost here, which means that it’s the perfect time to get a jump-start on
your custom cheer order! Now, we all know that custom orders take forever and a
day (4-6 weeks to be exact), so getting a head start and setting a game plan
early is what it’s all about if you want your order on time. For those of you
who don’t know the difference between Tackle Twill, Embroidery, Screen-Printing,
and Sublimation, here are a few tips and guidelines of everything you need know
so that you can spend more time practicing those new routines and less time
stressing over the details.
all the different options to choose from, it’s never been easier to find the
perfect look for your team. Whatever your budget or time constraints consist
of, finding the best option to suit your needs is possible with customization.
- Tackle Twill: Tackle twill, or applique, involves sewing on
a number or letter made by cutting pieces of one material and applying them to
the surface of another material, usually with nylon twill. In essence, tackle
twill consists of a patch that is applied to the shell top, jacket, or other
garment for a more professional and polished finish. Tackle twill is the most
popular for professional sports teams as well as school athletic organizations.
The advantage of tackle twill is that this type of applique offers a bold look
to your cheer uniform. Tackle twill has a lower thread count than typical embroidery;
this makes it more affordable while still giving the applique a three-dimensional
appearance that really ‘pops’!
- Embroidery: Embroidery, like tackle twill, also involves stitching. The
difference is that rather than sewing a base patch onto the garment,
embroidered designs are fully stitched and allow you to create a variety of
designs and patterns. Whereas tackle twill lettering is limited to preset fonts
and templates, embroidery allows you to have full creative control. Anything and everything from your school’s
personal logo to a cheer retailer’s extensive selection of mascot designs,
lettering, and layout styles is possible.
- Screen-Printing: Screen-printing is a very popular
and cost-effective option for those working within a budget. It is very
commonly used on practice wear items such as shorts, t-shirts, and warmups. Screen-printed
designs are transferred directly onto the surface of the fabric. The lower labor and material costs make this
a much more affordable option.
- Sublimation: Sublimation is a process in which heat is used to transfer dye
onto the fabric itself. This gives the garment a streamlined and polished look
while maintaining flexibility and fluidity. Sublimation is a great choice for
high-performance apparel, or teams with fast-paced choreography and cheer
routines. This method has the widest variety of custom selections including
colors, preset designs, and even custom uploadable images! Though this option
has a longer production time than the others, the benefits include everything
from lettering included in the pricing, to choosing as many different color combinations
as needed. With Double Knit Sublimation debuting this season, now your options
have expanded into stretch and double knit fabric.
What is your opinion of customization? What custom options
have you explored for your team? We want to know!