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What Is Off The Edge Screen Printing?

Last Updated: Monday 4th December 2017 By Brent Groot

Examples of off the edge and all over screen printing

This is NOT "All Over Sblimation" (a method better suited for small quantities)


Off-the-Edge "SCREEN" printing is a style of printing that involves printing over or covering the hem or seams of the garment so that in some cases only a portion of an image is shown as it trails off the edge of the garment.

Off the edge or over the seams printing is a fairly new experience in the t-shirt print industry. It has been popularised by large clothing manufactures, producing street wear, surf wear and recently, including brands in the UFC, fight and wrestling cultures.

Off the edge printing can be achieved in one of following ways

Print before Manufacturing

Print, Cut and Sew

This is the cleanest and the most effective way to do off the edge printing, where your design can go from edge to edge. Your design is usually printed on large rolls of fabric first...then cut and sewn together. This method requires a large volume to be produced for your order.

Cut, Print and Sew

This is similar to the first option, and is probably the most popular with screen printers. This is where the garment is cut into all the pieces required to make the t-shirt, and the panels are then printed... then sewn together.

Print after Manufacturing

Printing Off One Edge or Over a Seam

This is problematic with most printers, because it’s hard to screen print over seams and get a perfect print, without the seam spreading, and distorting the image, especially on the 2nd and 3rd and more prints. You can actually see "imperfections" or ink build up around the seams, The inks that doesn’t go on the t-shirt (around the edges) can build up on the platen, but also can build up on the screen, where the edge of the shirt is and can cause misprints on subsequent t-shirts.

This method will result in a slow production time, as lots of care is needed to align the shirt in the correct position, watch for build up and making sure the shirt is perfectly flat prior to printing.

All Over Screen Printing

Some specialised screen printing machines have been developed for use with an all over printing, using a giant screen. It’s called Jumbo printing. To print jumbo you need larger equipment, larger screens, platens, squeegees, flash dryer, conveyor dryer, etc.

As mentioned before, this method will produce imperfections in the print. This is because of the movement between the front and back of the t-shirt, smudges and creases around the seams and hems because of the uneven surface of the seams, and the unwanted ink deposits due to ink build up off the edge of the shirt position.

The main problem with this method is that the print will not match up perfectly on each side of every shirt - this is because of the differences in each size of a t-shirt - and this changes how the art will line up on the side seams or from front to back.

In the end, most customers who will request this type of print will have to keep this in mind and to expect that the print will not be matching up perfectly at the sides, and may vary from size to size, and may have imperfection in the printing quality.

This method requires large volume production quantities that is best produced offshore, so that it can be printed before being sewn together.

We pride ourselves on providing a quality service; letting you know, up front, what is possible, how much it will cost and what delivery times will be applicable.

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