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Blogging about 3 types of Printing.

In this blog we will share information on the different types of printing so you can make an educated choice on your next printing job. No worries if you can’t decide, we are here to help and guide you to the best choice.

DTG (direct-to-garment) Printing

DTG is pretty much like using a printer to print on fabric. Because it works like a printer, it can support the most detailed design, with as many colors as you want. The printer can only print one garment at a time, which makes it perfect for printing one-of-a-kind t-shirts. 

Screen printing aka (Silk-Screening)

This is the process of pulling a layer of ink over a screen to produce a design. A special screen has to be made for each design, which means that there should be many orders of the same design for it to be worth it.

Sublimation printing

This is the process of printing onto a special sheet of paper, and then transferring that image onto fabric. The ink is heated until it disintegrates into the corresponding fabric. That makes the ink long-lasting, and you’ll never have the unfortunate “peeling” effect of a well-worn t-shirt. This is most popular for sports organizations.

How to choose which printing method to use

The printing method you’ll use depends on three factors:

  • your design
  • the quantity sold in one go
  • type of clothing


The first question is about the quantity that you’re selling. If you’re planning on doing everything one-off and drop-shipped, and you can’t really plan the amount of sales you’re making, then chances are you’re better off using DTG (direct-to-garment).

If you’re ordering many in one go (think team sports, camps, clubs, etc.), and you know you’ll be making at least 15 of the same design, then you might begin to consider screen printing.

Your design dictates your method

Your design is the most important element in deciding which printing method is for you. If your design involves many different colors, intricate details or photography images, then DTG will be your best shot.

You should already have an idea of what your design will be. Will it be photography? How many colors are in one design? Maybe it’s black and white, or simply lettering? Do you intend to have your design stretch from one seam to the other?

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We hope this blog was informational and helpful in making your future printing decisions with

Masterpiece Monogramming.

We look forward to seeing you!


10 Paw-fect Embroidered Christmas Gifts Ideas For Your Furry Friends!

Looking for a gift idea for your cute, non-human companions? In this blog article we searched for inspirations to find items that can easily be personalized by embroidering lettering on them.

1. Include your pet in the celebrations this festive season! They are part of the family, so they also deserve a Christmas stocking! Feel free to design embroidered stockings for your fellow humans too while you’re at it!

2. Many of our pets wear collars as a matter of safety and identification. Why not give your pet a personalized, embroidered collar? Choose or create a design of your own like paws, pet patterns, or bouncing balls and give your pet a unique identifier.

3. Sometimes our pets have to wear clothing to stay warm. Other times, it’s just plain cute! It’s even better if you add a personal touch to it. Add the logo of your favorite sports team so others will know which team you and your pet are rooting for!

4. Your dog’s paws can get really cold in the winter and you surely want to keep them nice and toasty. Label booties so they always go on the right foot by embroidering lettering on them.

5. Taking your furry friend out in the rain or snow to use the bathroom is a necessary part of pet ownership. And when they come back inside, what better way to clean off their paws than with a personalized paw towel? Embroidery can help you identify your pet’s towel in an adorable and unique way.

6. Many of us have beds for our pets (though whether they use it or not is another question). Try adding a unique design or initials to your pet’s blanket! Embroidery has been known to stand the test of time, so it’s one way to create a custom pet accessory that can take on the wear and tear of daily use by your pet.

7. A leash, aside from letting you walk your pet with no worries, is also a long piece of canvas which allows you to express how much you adore your pet. Get creative with an embroidered leash with paw prints, your pet’s name or initials, or a cartoon-y furry face. It leaves a lot of room for creativity, so let your imagination run wild!

8. Make the lead up to Christmas just as exciting as the day itself! Your pet will be pleased to receive a Christmas treat each day from a decorative embroidered advent calendar.

9. Patches can be sewn onto nearly anything and having an embroidery machine and software can make the task so much easier and a lot of fun! Create a custom logo for your pet, using his or her name, image, or a saying you relate to your pet.

10. Design your own personalized dog bandana, Go ahead and spoil your furry friends with unique adorable dog bandanas .Add their names, photos or a funny saying to create one-of-a-kind items that are just as unique as their personalities.

Happy thinking about what you will design for us to make for you and your special furry friend!

By: Masterpiece Monogramming

A Warm Welcome

Hello and welcome to our little corner of the internet. We’re happy you found us. 2015 is a really exciting time for Masterpiece Monogramming. It marks our 31st year in business! We are in the process of modernizing our shop in some really exciting ways.

Last year we purchased state of the art embroidery robots (dubbed Rosie & Weebo) and taught them a lot of really cool tricks. We also got to know Digi and Rolie our garment printer and vinyl cutter a little better. Digi is putting out beautiful full color prints and Rolie learned how to make stencils for rhinestone patterns and cut durable glitter vinyls. This year we are bringing it all to you!

We’ve updated our look online and are now offering a web based store. We can customize a store just for your team and work out fundraiser options. We can use the same feature for businesses to outfit your employees in style. We’ll also be offering a selection of gifts and apparel online that can be customized just the way you want it and delivered when you need it. We’re still here in Burton, MI if you prefer to shop with a human or stop in to snuggle the Marco Cat (he’s super fluffy and friendly).

I’ll be doing my best to post regular updates here so keep checking back. I’ll be sharing great ideas for celebrating holidays in style, cool DIY tips, and little bits of everyday life here in the shop.

Thanks for stopping by,