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.

  • 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.

With 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.

What is your opinion of customization? What custom options have you explored for your team? We want to know!