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Digital Printing Frequenty Asked Questions

What is digitally printed fabric?

Instead of employing traditional screen printing methods, we print our designs digitally. Using water based pigment dyes, our designs are printed directly onto the fabric. Pigment dyed simply means that the printer lays ink down on the surface of the fabric, much like the conventional inkjet printers you find in the home or office - just supersized! The benefit is that we can achieve a very high level of detail in our designs.

Where is the fabric printed?

All printing and design is done in our shop in a small town in Upstate New York State (USA).

Are digitally printed fabrics safe for use and safe for the environment?

Absolutely. Digital printing offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional rotary screen printing, with chief advantages in water and power consumption as well as the elimination of harmful chemicals. Instead of requiring hundreds of gallons of water to yield a single yard of screen printed fabric, our digital printing process is virtually water free. That advantage is two-fold; not only does digital printing avoid consumption of a limited resource, it also eliminates the need to dispose of toxic wastewater. According to the World Bank, the treatment and dyeing of textiles accounts for nearly 20% of industrial water pollution globally, second only to agriculture. (See more here and learn in depth here.) Furthermore, you'll be happy to know that we lessen our environmental footprint even more by printing with non-toxic, water based pigment inks that are biodegradable. Finally, the power consumption of digital printers is also a fraction of their screen printer counterparts, making this process an exciting step in moving towards sustainable practices in the textile industry. We are thrilled to take this process yet another step closer with the option to select our In House digitally printed fabrics on a 100% GOTS certified Organic Cotton. So not only is the process an eco-friendly option, so too can be the base cloth.

Should I pre-wash?

For most projects, pre-washing our fabric before use is a personal choice. There isn't anything inherently different about the digital printing process that requires washing before use. If you are making apparel or wearable accessories, we do highly recommend pre-washing your digitally printed fabric to ensure a proper fit after your project is sewn.

How does the fabric hold up under washing?

In a word, beautifully! Our digitally printed fabric holds up very well under ideal washing conditions. We do everything on our end possible to ensure the fabric will meet both our own high expectations and those of our customers. Please follow these simple care instructions.
  • Machine wash cold, gentle cycle
  • Wash with like colors using phosphate free detergent
  • Do not bleach
  • Choose a larger load size to prevent creasing
  • Tumble dry low, remove promptly or line dry
  • Warm Iron

What size needle and thread should be used?

A standard size needle of 10 or 12 can be used on our Quilting Cotton. Due to the high thread count of our Poplin, we strongly suggest choosing a finer needle size 10 or 11. For our Canvas, a needle size of 14 or 16 is recommended. A needle size of 9 will work best for our Rayon. As for thread, we like piecing with a 40 or 50wt, though any thread weight may be successfully used. We have enjoyed using our printed fabric for a variety of projects: from quilts to apparel, and everything inbetween.

What fabric types are available?

Poplin - 100% Cotton, 58/59" wide, weighs ~3.5 oz per yard before printing, and is our original fabric type. It's fine, dense weave makes this fabric great for sheeting, curtains, small projects, and more structured garments.

Quilting Cotton - 100% Cotton, 58/59" wide, weighs ~3.4 oz per yard before printing. Beautifully suited to quilting and projects that call for a little more drape.

Organic Quilting Cotton - 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, 58/59" wide, weighs ~3.4 oz per yard before printing. Same construction as our Quilting Cotton, just organic!

Linen Cotton Canvas - 55% Linen / 45% Cotton (with a slight slub), 55/56” wide, weighs ~6.5 oz per yard before printing. Perfect for bags, bottom weight clothing, and home decor.

Rayon - 100% Rayon, 50/51" wide, weighs ~3.7 oz per yard before printing. A great choice for apparel and accessories.

Printed weights will vary depending on the amount of ink that is used in any given design.

Since our fabrics are digitally printed on demand you can customize your desired width, choosing from 44", 48", 52", 54", and 56". The design is centered on the fabric, so for narrower widths there will be a larger area of fabric that is not printed on either side of the selvedge.

How quickly will my order ship?

All of our in house fabrics are printed on demand. Please allow 1-2 business days for order processing before it may ship. If you need other goods urgently you may wish to place your digitally printed order separately.

Can I modify / cancel the digital prints in my order?

Once a digital order has begun processing it cannot be altered or canceled. We do accept returns according to our standard policy.

How do I purchase samples?

We offer sample strips for all of our in house Print Collections; at this time we do not have sample strips available for Basic Collections. You may also purchase as little as 1/2 yard sample of any fabric in our shop.

Do you offer wholesale accounts?

No not at this time. However we do have a generous Tiered Pricing system for discounts on order size, cut size and customer appreciation. To take full advantage of this system, you should create an account with us!

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