Many mid-sized garment manufacturers and screen printers offer %uFFFDprivate label%uFFFD garment programs to their customers with their company name on the label inside the shirt. Custom garment decorators have met this need by direct screen printing the label information in the shirt. This process requires the printer to turn the garments inside out and screen print the label on the appropriate label area of the T-shirt.
The downside to this approach is the time and labor involved with turning garments inside out, loading and unloading the printing machine, then turning the garment right side out again after it exits the conveyor dryer. After realizing the downside of this approach, you may wonder what the upside of direct screen printing the label in the shirt would be?
For starters, this method works and the label looks great. And many shops already have the screen printing technology in house, so they don%uFFFDt have to buy labels or acquire additional equipment. Also, decorators never have to buy labels, and they never run out of %uFFFDlabel%uFFFD inventory. This method also gives them complete control over the graphic on the label %uFFFD so they can print large logos and lots of custom information, like the Web site address of the charity benefitting from a 10K run, or the customer%uFFFDs philosophy about why they chose to print and sell 100% organic T-shirts.
Pad printing is another option for adding tagless labels to garments. The process originally was developed to print on rigid substrates and to provide a way to print wrap-around graphics on curved and 3-D items like ballpoint pens, plastic flying discs, golf balls and key chains.