Sublimation vs Cut and Sew Sublimation T-shirt Printing
When I was introduced to the printing process called sublimation printing on t-shirts, I got really excited! However, when I received the trial t-shirt I had printed I was very disappointed because the quality wasn’t there! The t-shirt had white streaks and creases under the armpit and in the seams, that’s because the process used, was basic sublimation printing on a pre-made t-shirt. Because the t-shirt is pre-made, when laying it on the press, there will always be areas of the t-shirt that wrinkle and do not print! This leads to white creases as seen below. Unfortunately, these limitations are not avoidable when dye-sublimation printing on blank t-shirts. If you like sublimation printed t-shirts and the look you get, the Cut and Sew Sublimation process should be more to your taste for cool looking t-shirts.
Introducing the more high-end of sublimation printing called “cut and sew all-over sublimation.” This process is similar to the pre-made t-shirt sublimation process. However, with cut and sew sublimation, the printing is done before the t-shirt is stitched together. This process is a bit more costly but the quality of the final product is far more superior. Additionally, cut and sew sublimation avoids many of the limitations (creasing, blurring & white spaces) of blank t-shirt sublimation printing. The end result with cut and sew sublimation printing on t-shirts and other apparel is far superior and much more stylish, the only limitation to what you can get is your budget! The sublimation name was first applied because the dye was considered to make the transition between the solid and gas states without going through a liquid stage. It dyes the polymer molecule, resulting in a vibrant graphic that never washes off.
Interestingly enough, in psychology, sublimation is a mature type of defense mechanism, in which socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial impulse.