Caps, beanies, hats. Whatever we call them, they have been accompanying us every day for decades. Great as protection from the sun or cold, a complement to our style, or as an advertising gadget. Beanies, whether summer or winter, are always a practical gift that can effectively carry the message of your company.
If you have already decided to create your own line of caps, you will most likely face the problem of which caps to choose, how to make their marking. Is it better to use screen printing or sublimation? Or will embroidery be the most suitable?
Winter hats, embroidery
Winter hats with your logo or text are the perfect wearable gadget. After all, who wouldn’t think warmly of your company or project when a beanie with your corporate identity warms their head?
Such hats are usually made of plastic or its mixtures with natural fibers, which provides additional warmth retention, and stretchability. Such caps are universally sized and will lie perfectly on virtually any head. It also lowers the cost of production, since you don’t have to take care of different sizes for different customers.
The print is made using the embroidery technique, which means that less complicated prints will come out better. However, due to the rather high cost of project preparation, embroidery will work best for larger orders.
Various types of inscriptions, or simple logos can be made in 3D embroidery technique, so that the embroidery will be highlighted and make an even better and more professional impression.
Winter hats, thermal transfer
If you need a smaller number of caps, or even one piece, the most suitable marking technique in this case will be thermal transfer.
Hats for flex marking have a special flat patch on the front, on which the print is applied. This looks elegant and is resistant to abrasion and washing. The limitation of flex, however, is the detail of the design. It is perfectly suited for not very complicated prints, with a small number of colors.
An alternative is to apply the print using the subli-flock technique. The print will then be a tad stiffer, but given that the cap has a transfer patch anyway, it will be virtually unnoticeable. In the case of this technique, we can make the print in full color and with any degree of design complexity.
Summer caps, sublimation
Caps are, of course, not only the domain of winter, we can successfully wear them in the warm months as well, and especially all their varieties with visors. Nothing can protect us so effectively from sunstroke, and if it can look really good at the same time, why not use it?
Caps printed using the sublimation technique must be made of plastics or their mixture with other fibers. Although local printing (e.g. a logo, or a picture that does not occupy the entire surface) can be done on them from one piece, hats with full printing, as in the picture opposite, must be printed even before sewing.
Summer caps, embroidery
Embroidery is also as suitable as possible for summer hats, moreover, it looks really good on them. Especially if it is a decently made 3D embroidery.
As with embroidered winter hats, production pays off only for larger orders. The cost is raised by preparing a computer program to guide the embroidery machines. You can read more about the process itself on our page dedicated to computer embroidery.
Multi-color printing on caps, can also be done by screen printing technique. This is a very efficient and cost-effective technique for larger orders. The cost of preparing the film and screens is then spread over a larger number of caps produced. Of course, the more colors, the higher the cost of the whole process.
Regardless of what number of caps and in what technique made you need, it will certainly be a shot in the arm when establishing a marketing plan for the company. And if you just want to prepare an unusual and original gift for someone, as you can see, there are appropriate techniques with which to make even one piece.