F.A.Q

 

What is the minimum amount of fabric I can order?
We can offer printing services for orders of 5 metres and over. If you would like to order less than 5 metres of fabric/printing you will still be charged at the 5 metre price plus a $30.00 set up fee.

How does your pricing work?
We charge for printing per metre and fabric per metre.

What fabrics do you have and how much are they?
All of our fabrics can be found here along with the per metre pricing.

Can I supply my own fabric?
Yes, although we advise that you bring your fabric in for a test print.

What image file types do you accept? 
We prefer .pdf, .ai, .eps. We’re also able to use .jpegs and .pngs as long as they’re at least 300 DPI.

How large can my file be? 
Your file should be no larger than 20mb anything larger may be unacceptable for the printing team and slow down our printer.

How do I send you my image files?
You can email us your files directly at [email protected], if they’re too large you can send them via dropbox or hightail.

Can you print on synthetic/natural fabrics?
Yes, we can print on both although we’re unable to print on all synthetic fabrics.

Can you print on PVC?
No, sorry.

Can you put my design on a t-shirt, dress or other apparel?
Unfortunately not. We can digitally print your artwork or design onto rolls of fabric and supply you with the roll.

Are you a screen printer?
No, we’re a digital printer. We can print edge to edge in any colour you like.

Can you put my design on a cotton, microfibre or linen tea towel?
We certainly can, you can find all the details here.

Can I make an appointment to see your fabrics at your factory?
Yes, you can. We always appreciate if you can call ahead. That way our print team can plan their schedule around your visit. You can call us on (03) 9387 7088 and select option 1 or email us at [email protected]

Where can I call to make an enquiry?
You can call us on 03 9387 7088 and select option 1 “Textiles & Giftware”.

 

Fabric Printing Technical Information

 

KeTextiles custom fabric printing

NATURAL FIBRES

 

NATURAL FIBRES

We print directly onto rolls of beautiful cotton, linen and other natural fabrics using our 1.9 metre wide digital printers.  Unlike screen-printing, our digital print technology can deliver nearly unlimited colours and gradients on your choice of fabric.

The most common types of ink we use on natural fabrics are water-based reactive and pigment inks that result in brilliant colour brightness. Our printers are configured for an eight-colour process instead of the typical four.  This allows for a colour gamut that traditional fabric printers cannot match.

The majority of our cotton and linen fabrics are woven including canvas, drill, plain, muslin, panama, denim, poplin, flannelette and sateen. We also print on beautiful silk and bamboo fabrics. Natural fabrics are suitable for fashion garments, tablecloths, bedding, baby clothes and various other projects. All of our cotton, linen, silk and bamboo fabrics have a lovely hand feel and drape.

For optimum print brightness and wash fastness, all the natural fabrics we supply are specially pre-treated and go through our steam or dry heat ink fixation units after printing.

Although not essential, we recommend using pre-treated fabrics for use in apparel.  As a rule of thumb, pre-treated fabric increases the colour intensity and between 10 and 20 percent.

SYNTHETIC FIBRES

 

We also print polyester fabrics digitally onto rolls.

The difference in this technique is that we use a sublimation process with heat sensitive inks. Our water-based inks turn into gas under the pressure of heat and soak into the fabric.  The inks become part of the structure of the fabric, therefore images do not fade or crack, even after multiple washings.

Due to lower cost and simpler printing technique, polyester is now woven and knitted with cotton and other fibre to produce fabrics which are very close in appearance to natural ones. These great blends now replicate the textural characteristics of canvas, linen, velvet, cotton, jersey, satin, crepe and georgette very well.

Polyester has the added advantages of being shrink-proof and having a longer life, making it perfect for soft furnishings, swimwear and sportswear etc.