Direct to Film (DTF) Printing Services

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High-Quality, Vibrant, and Durable DTF Prints for All Your Custom Apparel Needs

At NW Custom Apparel, we offer cutting-edge Direct to Film (DTF) printing services that deliver unmatched quality and detail. Whether you need custom designs, bulk orders, or small batches, our advanced equipment and eco-friendly inks ensure your prints are vibrant and long-lasting.

What is DTF Printing?

Direct to Film (DTF) Printing is an innovative technique for creating high-quality, vibrant, and durable prints on a wide range of fabrics. Unlike traditional screen printing, DTF uses specialized film (PET) and powder adhesive to transfer detailed designs with superior colors onto garments, making it ideal for custom t-shirts, hoodies, and more.

DTF printing service is perfect for both individuals and businesses looking to produce unique, personalized apparel quickly and affordably.

Benefits of Direct to Film Printing


The prints are crisp, vibrant, and durable, making them ideal for custom apparel.

Capable of printing on various fabric types, including polyester, cotton, nylon, and blends.

Utilizes eco-friendly inks and films, reducing environmental impact.

Quick turnaround time, making it suitable for both bulk orders and small batches.

Heat Transfer prints withstand multiple washes without fading or cracking.

Perfect for intricate designs and vibrant colors.

Why Choose Our DTF Printing Services

Northwest Custom Apparel offers direct to transfer and heat transfer printing services cater to various needs:

Custom Apparel Printing
Perfect for small clothing brands and individual customers looking for unique designs.
Fast Turnaround
Enjoy quick processing times, with options for same-day printing and shipping available.
Advanced Equipment
We use state-of-the-art DTF Printers and Kornit Hexa Printers to ensure the highest quality.
Bulk Printing
Efficient and cost-effective solutions for larger orders.
Small Batch Printing
Ideal for testing new designs or limited edition prints.
Customer Support
Dedicated assistance from start to finish.

Comparison with Other Printing Methods

  • DTF vs. DTG (Direct to Garment): DTF is more versatile and does not require pre-treatment of fabrics, making it suitable for a wider range of materials. It simplifies the process and reduces production time
  • DTF vs. Screen Printing: DTF can handle more complex and detailed designs, whereas screen printing is more labor-intensive and better suited for simpler, high-volume runs.
  • DTF vs. Sublimation: While sublimation is limited to polyester, DTF can be used on various fabrics, providing more flexibility for custom designs.

Perfect Solutions for Various Customers' Needs

NW Custom Apparel’s heat transfer printing services cater to various customers, ensuring everyone gets exactly what they need. Whether you’re a business, a small clothing brand, or an individual, we’ve got you covered with high-quality, vibrant, and durable DTF prints.

Construction Companies

Our construction customers love the simplicity and durability of Direct to Film printing. With designs typically featuring 2-3 colors, DTF is perfect for printing on performance fabric shirts and safety vests, ensuring both comfort and visibility on the job.

Small Clothing Brands

If you run a small clothing brand and are looking to produce unique, high-quality apparel, our Direct to film printing services are an excellent choice. The ability to handle intricate designs with vibrant colors ensures your products stand out in the market.

Corporate Businesses

For corporate businesses, having custom-printed shirts for employees can enhance brand identity and unity. Our DTF printing provides a professional and polished look, perfect for any corporate setting.

YouTube Merchandise Creators

Creators on YouTube looking to offer custom merchandise for their audience will find our DTF prints ideal. The prints are durable and vibrant, ensuring your merchandise looks great and lasts long, satisfying your fans.

Individual Customers

If you want personalized and durable prints for your clothing, NW Custom Apparel creates custom t-shirts, hoodies, and more with your unique designs, making your wardrobe truly one-of-a-kind.

How DTF Printing Works

Our DTF printing process follows these steps:

1. Design Preparation:

The process begins with creating design and optimizing using advanced graphic design software for the best print quality.

2. Printing on PET Film:

The design is printed onto high-quality PET film using state-of-the-art printers and water-based inks.

3. Adhesive Application:

A layer of special adhesive powder is applied to the wet ink on the printed film to ensure the design adheres perfectly to the fabric.

4. Heat Transfer:

Using a heat press, the design is transferred from the film to the garment at a specific temperature and pressure, ensuring vibrant colors and long-lasting prints.

5. Finishing Touches:

The film is carefully peeled off, leaving a high-quality print on the fabric.

This process ensures high detail, color accuracy, and durability, making DTF printing an excellent choice for custom apparel.

Materials and Equipment

We use top-notch materials and equipment to guarantee superior results:

  • Films and Inks: Our films are durable and our inks are vibrant and eco-friendly.
  • Fabrics: Compatible with a variety of fabrics, ensuring flexibility and quality.
  • DTF Printers: The Kornit Hexa Printers provide unmatched precision and quality.
natural and synthetic fabric

Quality Assurance

Quality is our top priority. We have stringent quality control measures in place, including:

Thorough Testing: Each print undergoes rigorous testing for durability and color accuracy.

Customer Feedback: We regularly incorporate customer feedback to improve our services.

Case Studies: Success stories from our clients demonstrate our commitment to quality.

DTF Cost and Pricing at NW Custom Apparel

Our direct to film pricing structure is transparent and competitive:

  • Detailed Breakdown: We provide a clear and detailed breakdown of costs.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Our DTF Printing services offer excellent value for both small and large orders.
  • Discounts: We offer discounts for bulk orders, making it more affordable for businesses.

Ordering and Contact Information

Ready to get started? Upload your design today and receive your high-quality DTF transfers within 24-48 hours. For inquiries, contact us at:
Phone: 1-800-851-3671
Email: [email protected]
Location: 2025 Freeman Rd. East Milton, WA 98354
We offer free shipping for local orders and have no minimum order requirements, making it easy and affordable to create custom apparel for any occasion.

Local DTF Printing Services Near Me

Northwest Custom Apparel, established in 1977, is your go-to provider for DTF printing services near you in the Seattle and Tacoma areas. With over four decades of experience, we specialize in delivering high-quality custom apparel that meets your branding and marketing needs.

Trusted Direct to Film Printing Services in Seattle and Tacoma

  • Local Expertise: As a leading provider in the Seattle and Tacoma regions, we understand the unique needs of local businesses and individuals.
  • Fast Turnaround: Enjoy quick and efficient service with a commitment to meeting your deadlines.
  • Quality Assurance: Our advanced equipment and eco-friendly materials ensure top-notch print quality and durability.
  • Customer Support: Benefit from personalized support and assistance from our experienced team.

Visit Us

Our conveniently located facilities in Seattle and Tacoma make it easy for you to drop by, discuss your project, and see our printing process in action.

frequently asked questions

DTF Printing is a method of transferring designs onto fabric using a film and adhesive powder.

DTF Printing offers more vibrant colors and is compatible with a wider range of fabrics.

DTF prints are known for their durability. When properly cared for, DTF prints can last for over 50 washes without significant fading or cracking, ensuring your custom apparel stays vibrant and intact for a long time.

Yes, DTF printing is highly versatile and can be used on a wide range of fabrics, including cotton, polyester, various fabrics blends, and even some synthetic materials. This makes it ideal for various types of apparel and merchandise.

DTF printing offers higher detail and color vibrancy compared to vinyl heat transfer. Additionally, DTF prints are more flexible and durable, which helps them withstand multiple washes without cracking or peeling.

At NW Custom Apparel, we pride ourselves on our efficient service. Typically, our turnaround time for custom DTF printing orders is 5-7 business days. However, this can vary depending on the complexity and size of the order.

No, there is no minimum order quantity for our DTF printing services. Whether you need a single custom t-shirt or a bulk order for an event, we can accommodate your needs.

Yes, NW Custom Apparel offers attractive discounts for bulk orders. The discount percentage varies based on the size and specifics of the order. Contact our sales team for a detailed quote.

Absolutely! We encourage customers to provide their own designs. Our team will work with you to ensure that your design is optimized for the best print quality. We also offer design assistance if needed.

We accept a variety of file formats, including PNG, JPEG, AI, and PSD. For the best results, we recommend providing high-resolution files with a transparent background.

To ensure the longevity of your DTF printed garments, we recommend washing them inside out in cold water and tumble drying on low heat. Avoid using bleach and do not iron directly on the print.

The cost of DTF printing varies based on the size, complexity, and quantity of the order. At NW Custom Apparel, we offer competitive pricing and provide a detailed cost breakdown before starting the project.

Yes, we offer professional design services to help bring your vision to life. Our design team can assist with creating or refining your artwork to ensure it looks great when printed.

Yes, DTF printing allows for multi-color designs to be printed seamlessly in a single layer, which ensures a smooth finish and vibrant colors without the bulkiness associated with traditional layered heat transfers.

NW Custom Apparel distinguishes itself with high-quality prints, state-of-the-art equipment, eco-friendly practices, and exceptional customer service. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction ensures that you receive the best possible product and experience.

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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.


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.


Erik Mickelson


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.



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

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.



Taylar Hanson


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.


Nika Lao


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.


Bradley Wright


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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, 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.