Following our previous blog post: What is sublimation printing?, this week we’re going to look closer at sublimation’s brother: cut & sew.
Most garments that are printed or embroidered, are off the shelf, pre-made, blank garments. Like many of those purchased from the A.M. Shop. However, people use cut and sew to make their garments a little more unique.
What is cut & sew?
Put simply, cut and sew is used to denote a garment (like a t-shirt), that has been customised from “raw” fabric, instead of simply being printed onto a pre-made, off the shelf garment.
Cut and sew may simply be used to change the sleeve design, or add pockets to a garment. This is often used when sublimation printing a t-shirt to allow for different designs to be printed onto sleeves.
Cut and sew can simply be the augmentation of an existing garment, or the manufacture of a complete garment from scratch.
Advantages of cut & sew
- Cut and sew is great for when you want your clothing to be unique
- It works great with sublimation printing, allowing for a complete, all over print
- Works best for large quantity orders
- Allows for the augmentation of existing garments, eg. add pockets or change the sleeves
Disadvantages of cut & sew
- Cut and sew is more expensive than buying blank garments, because you don’t benefit from economies of scale
- Not suitable for small orders (our minimum is 50 units)
- Can take longer due to the labour intensive process
- Not suitable for drop shipping (unless buying in bulk and storing)