Largest DTG printer in Puget Sound
Decosource is the largest DTG (direct to garment ) printer in the pacific northwest. They have be in business since 1977 starting out with one embroidery machine. The now do screen printing, DTG printing, Embroidery, custom sewing and whatever you can put a needle into.
Because Decosource is a contract printer you can bring your own garments in for decoration. This is a convenient way to save money because you can buy the apparel from a distributor. (we recommend Sanmar located in Preston Wa. Sanmar will ship your order to Decosource free freight. This cash savings goes directly to the bottom line. Decosource does all the work and all our customer has to do is sell.
Small orders are very easy to do because the printing is digital. The process is such that our customer sends us their finished art work and we do the rest. All you have to do is go to Costco and save money.
Note: The art work must be clean and sharp. We ask for 300 dpi.jpg so it will print clear on the garment. We really like vector ready art because we can size it and make any changes if needed.
Deco has the state of the art equipment. We use only the Kornit printers which are made in Israel. Israel is known as the world center for printer R&D. This is why it was a natural to develope and manufacturer theprinters in Israel where the best talent is available. You might note Amazon and Fanatics use Kornit printers exclusively
Custom small orders means you can have multi-color designs and not have a screen set up. A small screen order which has 6 colors will cost at least $120.00 for set up. With digital the set up is$40.00 (one time only). This allows you to come back and order the single piece you forgot with the original orders. This is a big plus because we haven’t experienced too many perfect orders.
If you have to go back to your original screen printer you will be paying additional set u charges.
The question is now is what is better Direct to Garment printing or Screen Print printing.
Direct to Garment often referred to as DTG printing is new and entering the production shops of decorators around the world. The reason for this evolution is that companies want a system which is easy to learn, operate and is environmentally friendly.
Most DTG systems are a four step process.
The first step is to pre-treat the garment with a pretreatment machine to apply the pretreatment solution to the garment.
Then setting the pretreatment with a heat press machine.
Step 3 print the garment
Step 4 back to the clam shell heat press.
This complicated process takes at least 10 minutes per item.
The heat and pressure is done with a clam shell heat press.
Decosource has a totally different and efficient process operating the Kornit DTG printer to print their shirts. The Kornit system eliminates the manual pretreatment process.
The system Decosource uses is a two step process.
Step 1 is load the garment on the printer platen, push the start button and
The pre-treatment is self contained in the Kornit printer and speeds up production by eliminating the pre-treat step of all other machines on the market.
Step 2 The final step is to remove the garment from the Kornit printer run through the dryer and then fold and finish.
The positive features of DGT printing is the finished product. The end result is a garment with a soft feel. The plastisol ink used in screen printing leaves a hard finish which is annoying to women. The plastisol ink also has carcinogenic compounds which have proved harmful to humans. This problem will eventually be addressed and screen print shops will start to come in compliance with the consumer protection laws.
Another positive feature of DTG printing is set up time. All you have to do is download your artwork click the green button and print. This process will print and infinite number of colors.
Screen printing we know takes a separate screen for each color. This eliminates the ability to print small orders with no screen set up and clean up.
To summarize DTG is faster, time efficient, cleaner, exact design matching and easy to use.