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Having worked at Northwest Custom Apparel since 1997, I’ve encountered numerous customers who have expressed their struggles finding a fast, high-quality t-shirt printing service in Seattle. Their concerns were put to rest when they discovered our top-tier Direct-to-Garment (DTG) services.

Our customers often find themselves preparing for an event or simply desiring an employee wardrobe refresh, and we take immense pride in delivering vibrant, personalized tees promptly.

It’s always a pleasure to share the secret to our customers‘ satisfaction. With our superior printing and quick turnaround, you’re not just another face in the crowd but a standout, all while feeling part of a community. Believe me when I say it’s a transformative experience!

Two individuals displaying a variety of custom printed t-shirts showcasing vintage cars, car clubs, and local businesses.
Passion meets fashion: Custom car and local business t-shirt designs on display.

Advanced DTG Printing Technology: The Kornit Advantage

At Northwest Custom Apparel, we proudly provide Seattle’s leading Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing service, powered by the advanced Kornit technology. This platform brings together unmatched print quality and speed, ensuring that you’re not just another order in the line; instead, you become part of a community that highly values outstanding craftsmanship.

The advantage of using Kornit technology in our operations extends beyond ensuring quick delivery of your custom tees. It’s also about being part of a movement that champions eco-conscious practices without compromising the vibrancy or detail of your design.

At Northwest Custom Apparel, we’re all in this together—artists, entrepreneurs, dreamers—collaborating to create unique pieces that stand out. Whether you’re printing a single shirt or a small batch, we ensure you’re receiving the best service without any traditional hassle.

This is the intersection of technology and community; we are proud to lead the way.

A young man named Brian, wearing a "Northwest Custom Apparel" t-shirt, stands next to a Kornit Storm Hexa printing machine with t-shirts being printed. To the right, a close-up of a dark t-shirt displays a detailed design of "Captain Jack's Bar & Grill" with an illustration of a pirate woman.
Brian from Northwest Custom Apparel gives a sneak peek into the world of high-quality t-shirt printing.

Small DTG Shirt Orders Welcomed: No Minimums

As a leading DTG printing shop in Seattle, I believe in accommodating small shirt orders with the same precision and care as larger requests. Whether you’re looking to create a few keepsakes for a family gathering or a handful of shirts for your small business, We have got you covered.

There’s no need to worry about hefty minimums or steep setup costs. Our Kornit DTG printers handle each shirt with finesse, ensuring every color pops and every line is crisp, no matter the order size.

Same-Day Printed Custom Printed T-Shirt Program.

Our same-day custom t-shirt printing program in Seattle is the perfect solution for those urgent, last-minute apparel needs. Whether you’re rallying for a cause, having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building you built, or want to express your unique style, We have got you covered.

With our DTG technology, we can quickly turn your designs into high-quality, vibrant shirts that make you feel part of something special—no need to worry about minimum order quantities or hefty setup fees. I understand the importance of your time and the need to make every moment count.

Rest assured, when you’re in a pinch, we are here to ensure you don’t just fit in and stand out.

Guarantee Same Day Delivery in Seattle: Confirm Custom T-Shirt Orders by 9:30 AM

Time is of the essence to pull off a same-day t-shirt print. Above all, coordinating the fast t-shirt includes proper artwork, sizes, shirt color, and delivery. Moreover, we must finalize the information by 9:30 a.m. and your approval by 10:00 a.m. We offer only a black 100% cotton Port Authority t-shirt. The sizes are M-3XL, and the pricing is a 35% upcharge over our standard pricing. Please understand that we will do our best to fulfill your order. However, we are out of production capacity periodically in our DTG department.

Same Day T-Shirt Printing

Importance of Expert Graphic Design for Standout T-Shirts

If you’re searching for a t-shirt design that can speak volumes about your brand, then look no further than Steve Deland. With over 40 years of experience in apparel graphics, Deland is a renowned industry expert in the field. His design portfolio is extensive, featuring logos for businesses, cars, trucks, and team designs. When you want to grab people’s attention with your t-shirt, Steve is the person to turn to. He creates stunning artwork in no time and has a 98% satisfaction rating, which means that reworks are almost non-existent. Before resorting to an online t-shirt designer, think twice and consider the expertise of Steve Deland.

AI-Powered Custom T-Shirt Artwork: Unique Designs with Dalle

Building on the momentum of our same-day printing service, we are now harnessing the power of Dalle and AI to revolutionize t-shirt artwork creation. This innovative approach is all about making you feel part of something special—your unique vision brought to life on a shirt that’s distinctly yours—no more cookie-cutter designs or settling for the mainstream.

With AI, we can prompt engineer Dalle to create cartoon characters, muscle cars, and company logos. We have been learning AI for the past five months, and instead of running away from it, we are embracing it to bring you faster and more cost-effective artwork. AI is here to stay, and we are the pioneers in t-shirt artwork in the Northwest.

What Are The Duties of a T-Shirt Graphic Designer

A graphic designer is responsible for creating custom graphics that can be printed on t-shirts. When working with clients, they need to be friendly, approachable, and attentive. They must also have a thick skin and be receptive to constructive criticism. In addition to creating custom artwork, they can now leverage AI to generate more t-shirt graphics at a lower cost.

  • Creating designs that meet clients’ expectations requires a deep understanding of their needs and preferences. Listening carefully and communicating effectively is crucial to ensure that the final product is precisely what the client wants.
  • We are working with software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Open AI (Dalle), and CorelDraw to create graphics for custom t-shirts.
  • Working with clients to modify designs until they are entirely content with the result.
  • We are adhering to copyright laws when creating graphics for custom apparel.
  • We are harnessing the power of AI and Chatgpt to bring new artwork ideas and faster turnaround.
A man in a blue shirt is working at a desk with two computer monitors. The larger monitor displays a graphic design of "U.S.S. OBSERVATION ISLAND" with an image of a ship and an American flag in the background. Papers, notes, and other office items are scattered around the workspace.
Let your Navy pride shine and make a bold statement with an iconic Steve Deland-designed T-shirt – get yours at the reunion! Let’s get Steve to personalize that shirt with the sailor’s last name!

Introducing Dalle: The AI-Powered T-Shirt Design Solution

At Northwest Custom Apparel, we’re riding the wave of innovation with our AI-powered artwork creation, using Dalle to craft one-of-a-kind t-shirt designs. Imagine a sasquatch pedaling away on a bicycle with the iconic Mount Rainier in the backdrop—this is the level of personalized and whimsical art we bring to your wardrobe. Our team is adept at using AI tools to translate your wildest ideas into vibrant, wearable art. Whether for a company event, a local sports team or just for fun, we ensure your vision comes to life on fabric. Embrace the future of custom apparel with us, where your creativity is only the beginning.

Colorful cartoon illustration of a smiling sasquatch riding a bicycle in front of a stylized Mount Rainier, designed for a custom t-shirt.
Designed with Dalle: Turning fun ideas into t-shirt reality effortlessly!

Truck T-Shirt Designs

Creating truck t-shirt designs that your employees would want to wear is crucial. You don’t want them to end up being stuffed in a drawer. We have three truck design options that will inspire you. The first one is the classic look taken from an iPhone. The second is stylized with highlights, and the third is a cartoon called “Get Wild.” These options will give you ideas and inspiration when planning your truck shirt.

A promotional poster from "NORTHWEST CUSTOM APPAREL" showcasing three types of graphic renditions for a truck with the logo "WEST COAST TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIR". The three styles are labeled as "Original" with a classic standard look, "Stylize" with a graphic, posterized look, and "Get Wild" with a cartoon, action, motion look.
West Coast Truck and Trailer Mock-Ups

Custom Fishing Boat Shirts

Custom boat t-shirts start with customized artwork by Steve Deland. Please email us a photo of your boat, and Steve will crop it, vectorize it, and add text. Your design will be an original personalized shirt with your boat’s name. Commercial fishing vessels and fishing charters use t-shirts for their crew and clients.

A promotional poster by "NORTHWEST CUSTOM APPAREL" highlighting their printed apparel services. The poster displays two different options. The "Original" option features a boat named "KINGFISHER LODGE" in its natural setting with the option to keep or replace the background. The "Illustration" option showcases the same boat, but it's been vectorized into a graphic illustration and paired with an artistic rendering of a fish. The backdrop is a serene view of a lake with mountains in the distance. A phone number "1-800-851-3671" is prominently displayed at the bottom for inquiries.
Hook Your Fishing Crew Up with Custom T-shirts featuring Your Vessel and Company Name!
  • Guided fishing charters in the Puget Sound
  • Seattle Gift Shops along Pier 51
  • Promote your fishing tour company.

Why Brian, the Lead Operator at NW Custom Apparel, Loves DTG Printing

In the world of custom apparel, there are many ways to get your designs and art onto a garment. Screen printing Seattle is an old solid with crisp but limited order sizes and colors. Vinyl transfers are great but have a feel to them that might not be the best for every situation. My favorite is DTG printing for many reasons, but as an operator and graphic designer, I’ll review a few that sold me on DTG.

Some edits are needed to get the perfect print. The process doesn’t require color separations or screen burning, unlike screen print. It’s plug-and-play, allowing artists and designers to quickly get whatever they have dreamed of onto a t-shirt.

DTG machines are excellent for small runs of 1 or 2 shirts. As a result, Amazon uses these machines to print thousands of single shirts.

It’s Environmentally Friendly

The ink and pre-treatment for DTG machines are mainly water-based, making them have a low impact on the environment. Another process may use plastics or other chemicals to help the ink adhere to the shirt, or the ink itself may harm the environment.

This is How a DTG Printer Works

The Kornit printers we use are the best for DTG. They create an outstanding print in a short amount of time. Our excellent staff and the techy machines produce a great shirt. A computer attaches to the printer to load files and apply settings. However, this only scratches the surface of the machine’s operation.

A pneumatic vacuum system powered by a compressor moves the ink through the machine and onto the shirt. It also sprays the t-shirt inside the printer for a simple pre-treatment process. The pallets and rails use magnets to glide back and forth during printing. The built-in heaters inside the print orifices keep them at the right temperature.

A humidifier inside the machine ensures the ink is moist and doesn’t dry up before hitting the shirt. In addition, there are plenty of pumps, filters, and tubes. These create a complex unison of tech that allows the machine to do its job. More importantly, it gives the customer the shirt they want.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sample T-Shirts Available for Quality and Size Approval Before Bulk Orders

Absolutely! Before placing a bulk order, you can request a sample t-shirt to ensure the print quality and sizing meet your expectations.

It’s always a good idea to check the quality and fit of the product beforehand so you can confidently place your larger order, knowing you’ll be satisfied with the result.

Eco-Friendly Custom T-Shirts: Sustainable Materials and Inks Available

Absolutely! We offer eco-friendly and sustainable t-shirt materials and inks for customers who prioritize environmentally friendly products.

Their DTG printing technology uses water-based ink and pre-treatment, making it an eco-conscious choice. Not only do we provide vibrant colors and high image quality, but we also ensure that the ink absorbs into the shirt for a more organic feel.

When working with us, you can enjoy custom-printed t-shirts that align with your values without compromising quality or style.

Maintaining Custom-Printed T-Shirts: Care Tips for Vibrant Prints

To properly care for your custom-printed t-shirts and ensure the print remains vibrant while maintaining the shirt’s quality over time, follow these simple steps:

  • Always turn your t-shirt inside out before washing it to protect the print.
  • Use cold water and mild detergent, avoiding bleach or fabric softeners.
  • Opt for a gentle wash cycle or hand wash for delicate prints.
  • After washing, hang your shirt to air dry or use low heat in the dryer.
  • Avoid ironing directly on the print; place a cloth between the iron and the design if necessary.

Following these guidelines keeps your custom-printed tees looking fresh and lasting longer!

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a reliable and high-quality custom t-shirt printing service, look no further than Northwest Custom Apparel, where I work! We offer various apparel options, fast service, and top-notch quality that will quickly bring your unique designs to life.

Whether you’re creating personalized shirts for yourself or looking for company t-shirts, we guarantee mind-blowing results that will impress you. You can contact us at 1-800-851-3671 or visit our fully-stocked showroom at 2025 Freeman Road, East Milton, WA 98354. To ensure the best experience, please call ahead to schedule an appointment with us so we can prepare samples and ideas just for you.

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Antonio Massey

Production Team: Folder

Antonio Massey recently joined NWCA in June of 2022. His role on the Production Team has greatly improved our processes and productivity. Antonio is always willing to lift heavy boxes or help his co-workers during busy times. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dog and mastering video games.

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Alicia Wada

Shipping Clerk

Alicia Wada is passionate about helping her co-workers at Northwest Custom Apparel in any way that she can. She works in our Shipping and Logistics department. Alicia, who goes by Ali, has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. She lived in Japan for ten years and recently brought her family to America in 2019. She is interested in learning crafts and textile art from around the world.

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Erik Mickelson

Manager

Erik Mickelson’s position as Manager is more than a job, it’s a passion. It’s always fun and exciting because he enjoys marketing, computers, and coming up with innovative ideas to help NWCA grow. He majored in accounting and finance at Washington State University, graduating in 1996, and returned to school to obtain his Master of Business from WGU, graduating in 2016. Erik continually strives to advance his education through podcasts, audiobooks, and industry tradeshows. He is married to a remarkable and caring wife named Wendy, a Registered Nurse, with whom he shares his many hobbies and a love for the outdoors.

 

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Ruth Nhoung

Production Manager

Ruth Nhoung is our Production Manager and Northwest Custom Apparel is lucky to have her. Thanks to her vast knowledge of machine embroidery and dedication to creating a comfortable and supportive work environment, the production plant runs smoothly and customers are pleased with our work. She is a loving mother and grandmother and enjoys spending quality time with her siblings. She says, “I love everything about Northwest Custom Apparel: the people, the atmosphere, the work, and the customers. I love what I do and I embrace all of NWCA’s core values”.

Steve-Deland

Steve Deland

Art Director

Steve Deland has been our amazing Artist since 2017. He loves working at Northwest Custom Apparel because he appreciates the goal-oriented, progressive-thinking management style. He is most passionate about his art, which includes scroll saw woodwork, and his five grandchildren.

 

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Taylar Hanson

Sales

Taylar Hanson is a highly acclaimed Saleswoman at Northwest Custom Apparel. She has a BA in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles from Washington State University. “Go Cougs!” The best part of Taylar’s job is getting to work with longtime customers who trust us to do the best work and take care of their needs. She is passionate about appreciating nature, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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Nika Lao

Sales

Nika Lao is very knowledgeable in how the business is ran because she began as an Embroidery Machine Operator and has worked hard to become the excellent and personable saleswoman she is today. She enjoys the stress-free environment and the many chances to connect with her co-workers over potlucks, BBQs, and bowling parties. Nika is a proud sister of two highly successful brothers and can boast mastering three languages herself: Khmer, Thai, and English. She is an avid camper, enjoys going to farmer markets, and loves cooking.

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Bradley Wright

Accountant

Bradley Wright has been a vital team member of NWCA since 2017. As our accountant and knower-of-all-things, Bradley is proud to work closely with his wonderful colleagues. He studied at the University of Washington. These days he dedicates his free time to his new house.

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Dominic Nguyen

DTG Operator

Dominic Nguyen recently joined our Direct-To-Garment department. He says he loves the family work environment at Northwest Custom Apparel. In his free time, Dom likes to listen to music, hangout with friends, and play video games. He comes from a very big family which can be very chaotic at times, but is always exciting.

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Sothea Tann

Production Team: Trimmer

Sothea Tann recently joined the Production Team in 2022. She finds Northwest Custom Apparel to be a good working environment with helpful and friendly staff. In her free time, Sothea spends quality time with her family and, overall, focuses on a peaceful and happy lifestyle.

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Brian Beardsley

DTG Supervisor

Brian Beardsley has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. He is our DTG Supervisor. Brian loves that he gets to work with high-tech machines in a fun atmosphere. He has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. He said, “I always wanted to create visually interesting assets in a variety of mediums”. In his free time, he enjoys building and painting models, playing video games, designing, and playing his guitar.

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UT Tri Tran

Embroidery Machine Operator

UT Tri Tran loves Northwest Custom Apparel so much that, although she has already retired after a long career in machine embroidery operations, she is happy to return part time. She says, “I love the family style work environment and how everyone shares food, laughter, and fun on a regular basis.” In her free time she is dedicated to living a healthy and peaceful lifestyle with her friends and family.

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BunsereytheavyHoeu

Embroidery Machine Operator

BunsereytheavyHoeu, who goes by Theavy, won our Operator of the Year in 2021. She takes on many roles in the production team. She says, “These are not my co-workers, these are my family! I cherish all the memories we make together”. When she goes home to be with her family, she makes the most of her time with them by holding family get-togethers and even karaoke competitions.

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Sreynai Meang

Embroidery Machine Operator

SreynaiMeang is a hard-working Machine Operator. She is most passionate about helping people. Sreynai, who goes by Nai, likes to exercise in her free time and talk with her family in Cambodia.

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Kanha Chhorn

Embroidery Machine Operator

Kanha Chhorn has been an Embroidery Operator with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. She is delightful and always makes everyone smile and laugh. Kanha takes on additional tasks that allow us to exceed our customers’ expectations. In her free time, she can be found at her local temple or spending quality time with her family and friends.

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Savy Som

Embroidery Machine Operator

SavySom is one of our Machine Operators who is passionate about embroidery and sewing. She enjoys working at NWCA because of its flexibility. She has two teenage sons and loves spending time with her family on the weekends.

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SorphornSorm

Embroidery Machine Operator

SorphornSorm has been a Machine Operator since 2011. One of her four sisters works here as well. Her other relatives are in Cambodia. In her free time, Sorphorn studies English, listens to music, and enjoys exercising.

Jim-Mickelson

Jim Mickelson

CEO

Jim Mickelson, after a successful career with a major oil company, founded Northwest Embroidery in 1977. This was the first commercial embroidery in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Jim has become the guru of embroidery never refusing to answer a question or offer advice to his fellow embroiders. Jim and his wife Leeanna raised four wonderful children who went on to successful business careers.

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Janice Herron
2024-02-09
Love their amazing customer service! From ordering over the phone, through email, or in person at Northwest Custom Apparel, everyone is very helpful, and very nice! Always! We have been ordering our apparel for our local small business through them for many years! Thank you Thank you!
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Northwest Custom apparel always does great work! We have been a customer for over 25 years and are always satisfied with the products we get!!
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NW Custom Apparel treats us like we’re their only customer! Everyone is always so friendly and helpful. They’re great!
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2024-01-11
We us Northwest Custom Apparel for our work shirts and they are incredible. The staff is super friendly, the quality of workmanship is outstanding and they stand by the work they do. I love this place.
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Eve
2024-01-10
The company I work for has been buying custom apparel for the team members for years now. We love working with NW Custom Apparel because the process is easy, delivery is timely, and materials are high quality. Anytime I’ve ever had an issue, they’re quick to resolve it. We’ve purchased both embroidered items and DTG graphic tees. We’ve purchased blankets, shirts, jackets, hoodies, etc. Everything ends up looking super professional, and our team members always have positive things to say. Ally is always there at the warehouse with a smile and a friendly greeting when I pick up materials. She is so helpful and respectful. Taylar is a wonderful customer service rep. I’ve sent her some complicated orders—like 20 different items with all different colorways and styles or 150 items with three different styles—and she is so good at getting everything just right. I plan to continue purchasing from NW Custom for high-quality custom apparel.
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Hoa DeBusk
2024-01-09
Have used them for years. Knowledgeable team that is always so helpful in recommending options or creating designs. Great quality too for embroidery or digital prints. Very happy with them as a vendor.
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Stacey Perez
2024-01-09
We use Northwest Custom Apparel for all of our professional embroidery needs for the orthodontic office I work at. They do great work, are quick and have never missed a deadline. Highly recommend if you need any custom apparel needs.