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Monday, May 19, 2008


Does Bender Apparel Donate to Non-Profits?

This is probably one of the hardest things I deal with on a day to day basis. When it comes to custom screen-printing you are going to have a lot of custom screen printed non-profit custom t-shirts. That’s right; a lot of our customers are non-profit organizations. I do try to help some, but as you will see we don’t have a lot of room to discount our prices. We are already one of the lowest priced custom screen printers and custom embroiderers on the web. I will say that we proudly sponsor our state's Ronald McDonald Houses and our local Special Olympics.
I would love be able to give away more to some of hard work non-profit agencies, but it just is not feasible to help them all.
If you have any questions about this blog please contact me personally at 888-222-9542.
Berry Bender

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Monday, May 12, 2008


Can I mix and match sizes in my order? Can I mix and match t-shirt colors/styles in my order?

You can mix and match sizes as much as you need to in your order. Our quotes generally cover sizes Small - X-Large. There will be an additional charge for sizes 2X and above ($1.50 and up).
You can mix and match garment colors in your order. You can also mix and match garment styles in your order. For example, if you wanted to order 25 black Hanes Adult T-shirts and 25 black Hanes Ladies T-shirts with the same design custom screen printed on all 50 shirts, we could do that for you with no extra charges. As long as the design is the same and the ink colors/print size is the same, there would be no extra charges.
If you need the same design to go on white shirts and black shirts, it may be necessary to change the ink color so the design shows up correctly on the different color shirts. For example, black text that needs to go on white shirts, gray shirts and black shirts. The black ink would be fine for the white and gray shirts, but of course black ink won't show up on black shirts, so we'd need to change the ink color to white (or a different contrasting color). In these cases there is a $25 color change fee to cover the cleaning of the screens to get ready for the different ink color(s).

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Sunday, November 11, 2007


What I like of Custom Screenprinting

I was just thinking tonight that I really like my job. Sometimes Sunday nights watching football I think to myself, I would love to be able to sleep in tommorrow. I must say that I would have alot harder time with it if I didnt have the job I do. I enjoy custom screenprinting. Yes, this is the only job I know, but it is alot of fun.

I enjoy speaking with new people from all over the world who are looking for custom apparel and being able to help them meet their needs. Custom screenprinting always offers up new and challenging ideas. I must say there are times that make me think to myself how are we going to get all of this done, but we seem to find a way. Screenprinting has gotten alot easier with the technology age, but customers are also wanting more out of their custom screenprinted apparel.

I will talk more about some of the benefits of owning a screenprinting business a little later. Right now I have to finish the Colts - Chargers game. Have a great night.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007


4th Process in Custom Screenprinting

Well we are finally ready to custom screenprint t-shirts. With the hard work behind us we now are ready to set up the screens on the press. This is done in different ways depending on what type of screenprinting press is used. At we used primarily automatic presses. This means that the printing is done by the machine rather than by hand. There are some advantages to using automatic press which we will tackle in another blog.

On the automatic press we place in screens in a sequence that best fits the design. Then we align the screens with the registration marks that were printed on each film. Once we have the marks aligned we place the ink in the screen. Now that the screens are filled with in we put in clean squeegees and run a test print to make sure pressures and alignment are correct. If there are any problems they are fix and another test print is run.

We now have a sample for our quality control representative to approve. At this point we can begin the printing. On our press we average about 300 shirts per hour. We now have a finish order that is ready to ship.

This is a general idea of the printing process. You can now see that custom screen printed t shirts is a pretty complex process that is very time consuming. At we do our best to make sure your order is handled with care and every shirt goes out with top quality.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007


What size is a custom screenprinted full back?

Bender Apparel Graphics has the capability to print up to a 16 inch full back. This size however doesn’t work will on small shirts. We usually print a full back at 12 inches. 12 inches gives you a good print area for a normal logo. The 16 inch logos are usually used for printing large designs seen in nascar and things like that. 99% of our full back prints are printed at that 12 inch size and we rarely have any complaint about the sizing.

If you have questions about custom screenprinting you full back logo, just give us a ring at 888-222-9542. One of our friendly representatives will be more than happy to help you with your screenprinting size.

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Friday, September 21, 2007


What color ink should I use if I screenprint one color?

When customers are custom screenprinting t shirts with a one color design, I recommend using a navy ink on light shirts and white on dark shirts. This doesn’t work in all cases, but in most cases the navy ink on light color shirts just gives the custom t-shirt a little color. Most people are used to seeing a black print on light colors, but this is dull and can become kind of boring. Let us jazz up you custom t-shirt with a navy print. Any budget can afford a one color print and now it doesn’t have to be boring. Just take the navy and place in some halftones and before you know it you custom screenprinted logo will look like a masterpiece.

If you have questions contact one of the custom t-shirt artist at and they will assist you in getting the best looking design possible for the least amount of money.

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Friday, September 14, 2007


How do I advertise with Custom T-Shirts

Custom screen printed t shirts is one of the best ways to advertise. Just the other day I was at my chiropractor and he was asking about my business. He wanted to know how much it was to make up some custom t-shirts for him to give away to all of his customers. When I told him we could print up 300 custom printed tees for under $1200.00 he about hit the floor. When you think about how many people you can have your logo in front of for that amount of money it is a no brainer. One thing to keep in mind when printing custom t-shirts is to print advertising on the back. I caught myself the other day trying to read a persons t-shirt that was printed on the front and felt very awkward. I believe people are very interested in what is on a custom screenprinted t shirt, but would rather read the back because no one will ever know they are reading it.

I hope this helps you in your marketing ideas. Just remember that custom screenprinted t shirts is a cheap and easy way to reach people that you can’t reach with any other media.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007


2nd Step to a Custom Screenprinted T-Shirt

Ok, last post we talked about deciding on what we wanted to custom screenprint on our garment. It probably is one of the hardest steps to complete for the customer. The next step falls on the graphic artist.

Once the customer tells the sales representive what they would like printed, the sales representaive passes it along to the graphic artist. The graphic artist now has the responsiblity of converting the artwork to a vector format which is compatiable with vector programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. This can be either very time consuming or easy as a couple clicks of a button. Once the artist has the artwork ready for print it is sent via email to the customer for final approval. At this point the artwork is ready and we wait for the customer to respond.

The customer will now only have to look at their custom screen printed design to see if there are any errors in spelling, color or layout. This is something customers really need to look at carefully.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007


1st Step to Custom Screen Printed T-Shirts

I am going to take the next few blogs to walk you thru the custom screen printing process. Today so many people think that all you have to do is push a print button and out pops a t-shirt. My goal is to show you how much goes into that comfortable custom screenprinted t-shirt you have on. Things have been made easier in the screen printing industry over the last 15 years, the first of which is computerized artwork.

Today I am going to focus on the first step to receiving your custom printed tee shirt. The initial part of screenprinting is deciding on what to print on your tee. This has been made easier over the years because most people have access to the Internet or to a drawing program. This gives the customer the opportunity to narrow down his ideas and know what he or she wants before contacting a screenprinter.

This seems like it should be the easiest part of the screen printing process, but it is not. Most people (myself included) don't have that artistic ability. That is why at we only ask for the layout you are looking for and our artist will bring your idea to life on you custom t-shirts.

That is the first step in custom screen printed t-shirts---Deciding on Artwork

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Monday, August 6, 2007


Why are there minimums in Custom Screen Printing

At we have a minimum of 25 custom printed items at a time. The reason we have minimums on custom screenprinting is because set up on screenprinting is very time consuming. To cover the cost of the setup we spread the cost across the 25 garments. If we only spread the cost of the setup across 12 custom screenprinted garments the price per garment would not be competitive enough.

We run fully automatic screen printing press that give some of the best quality prints available. The downside to automatic screen printing is the setup time. The benefit is print time. This makes it so that printing small quantity orders is not as cost effective. We still offer a fairly low minimum but our prices are more competitive the higher volume of custom screenprinted garments you purchase.

Let me give you an example, if you purchase 25 of the 29m Jerzees 50/50 t-shirt with a 2 color full front print the price would be $8.98. If you purchase the same custom print on 250 shirts your price would drop to $3.59.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007


How can Custom Screen Printed Tees Benefit my Business

ADVERTISING, ADVERTISING, ADVERTISING!!!!!!! Custom t-shirts are one of the best ways to advertise your business. If you have a corporate logo you would like to be viewed, what better place than a walking billboard? You can have corporate logos screenprinted on the front or back of t-shirts and hand them out to all of you customers. You can purchase custom screenprinted t-shirts for a fraction of the cost of billboards, radio, TV and even paper printing. The best part is with the custom screenprinted tees will last for years to come.

Browse our easy to use website for money saving tips and for the best-priced custom t-shirts on the web.

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What is Custom Screenprinting

Custom Screen-printing is a process in which you can imprint t-shirts with a custom logo. Custom logos can be corporate logos or even school logos. Custom screen printed t-shirts are one of the best ways to advertise for your company or events. Just think about having your business logo being worn like a traveling billboard.

The process involves having the logo converted from a digital format to a bright and crisp print on t-shirts, hoodies and even sweatshirts. There are a number of different products you can custom screen-print; just look at to pick the item that best fits your organization.

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How do I lower the Cost of Custom T-Shirts

There are a couple of different ways to get the cost of custom screenprinted t-shirts down. The first is in the quantity ordered. The more custom screenprinted tee shirts you order the lower the price per tee shirt. The second way is on the amount of screenprinting that has to take place to make you custom t-shirts. The more locations (front, back, sleeves, etc.) you screenprint, the more your custom t-shirts will be. The third way to lower you cost in custom screenprinting is to lower the number of colors you print on you custom t-shirts.

Try our Quick Quote at Look at the pricing and test out some of the techniques above to get your custom screenprinting in the desired price range.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


How long does it take to get Custom T-Shirts?

Getting custom t-shirts is easier than ever. At you can quote your order and place your order all online. Basically it only takes a few clicks to order your t-shirts and then a friendly sales representative will contact you via email or phone and confirm the artwork and the order. Once the order is placed it takes about two weeks to receive your custom screenprinted tee shirts. That is all there is to it, a few clicks of the mouse and a couple of weeks later you have your own custom printed tees.

Visit us online at or call us at 1-888-222-9542.

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