Frequently Asked Questions
What is our Printing Process?
At Runderful, almost every garment you purchase is printed specifically for your order.
Not all printing is created equal and it’s important to understand the different types of printing there are so that you know what to expect for the apparel you have purchased. We determine the best method used to print based on a number of factors including, fabric, color, turn-around time and inventory.
Regardless of which, you can count on high quality, professional finished products that are ready for you to wear for working out, running, fitness activities, around town, around the house or just for fun!
These are the Printing Processes we use.
1. Dye Sublimation
2. Digital Color Heat Transfer
3. Screen Printing
What is Dye Sublimation?
For light colored garments
Dye sublimation is a printing technology that uses heat transfer to apply an image to the intended substrate. The process is commonly used for printing apparel, signs and banners as well as other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces.
The dye sublimation process prints graphics onto special transfer paper using sublimation printer and inks. Then, using a heat press to transfer the ink-on-paper to the fabric or other substrate.
The printed transfer sheets are transferred through heat and pressure, causing the dye to penetrate the into the fabric, creating a permanent color bond. Once the heat is removed, the dye returns to a solid form and the process is complete.
Colors are embedded in the substrate or fabric, rather than printed on the surface, images on fabric won’t fade or crack even after multiple washings.
Dye sublimation is a great option for light colored garments that do not require white ink. Colors such as white, grey, light blue or light pink, light green are great for dye sublimation printing and quick to print and ship to you.
What is Digital Color Heat Press?
For mostly dark colored garments.
Some designs and certain fabrics.
Full Color Digital Heat Transfer
For those that prefer to wear a dark colored cotton or polyester fabric, this is the process we will use for a quick turnaround.
This technology creates full-color digital transfers that work on BOTH light and dark garments. A full graphic image is designed on the computer and digitally printed onto high-quality paper using a special, solvent ink. When the paper is pressed to the fabric or substrate with heat, the ink adheres to the material and the graphic image transfers to the item. T-shirts and other garments printed using this method offer high-resolution images and are ideal for complex designs with many colors. These transfers are also compatible with all types of apparel including cotton, polyester, and blends. Works on ANY substrate—cotton, polyester, nylon, glass, ceramic.
It is a transfer and the ink adheres to the top of the fabric and will be slightly raised off the surface. Large graphics can make the garment feeling stiff to wear. This process is very quick to print and ship.
What is Screen Printing?
Special Order- light and dark colored garments (polyester, blend, and cotton) with 7-10 days print time
Screen printing is the more traditional approach to printing custom t-shirts. Screen printing uses a thick layer of ink that is pressed through a stencil and directly on to the t-shirt. Because of that, your design will appear slightly raised off the surface of the t-shirt, dye sublimation, which will appear as if it were printed directly on the shirt itself.
Screen printing is best used for simpler designs that do not use a lot of color as well as being better for large quantity purchases. The more colors the more expensive and the more time for set-up, Usually limited to 8 maximum colors on the shirt. Screen printing requires a major set up time.
What is Embroidery?
Special Order-For polo shirts, baseball hats, jackets, etc.
Embroidery is the process of taking color threads and stitching them directly into the garment in order to create the design you are looking for. Traditionally found on polo shirts and baseball hats, embroidery offers a more professional look than dye sublimation, digital heat transfer, or screen printing. Embroidery requires a setup process and 7-10 days production time before we are ready to ship to you.
What types of fabric is best?
Fabric selection is a personal preference. 100% Cotton has been the preference standard of T-shirts for decades.
Go with 100% cotton if you want shirts that are soft, comfortable, breathable, gentle on the skin, non-clingy, and can be customized with any method. Keep in mind: they may shrink a bit, can stain, wrinkle, and tend to absorb moisture and hold it, rather than allow it to evaporate quickly. Cotton tees are popular with just about everyone so it’s a safe bet.
Go with 100% polyester if you want shirts that are lightweight, durable, silky smooth, and resistant to wrinkles, shrinking or fading, plus allow moisture to evaporates quickly. Keep in mind: Polyester is more clingy, can irritate the skin, and restricted on dye sublimation printing.
Go with a blend if you want the best of both worlds. The poly-cotton 50/50 was the first major blend, but now we have the increasingly popular tri-blend, which adds rayon for extra softness. Keep in mind: They tend to be priced higher, but are still affordable.
What fabrics do you print on?
We design our shirts to print on a variety of popular fabrics.
• Polyester shirts
• Polyester/Cotton Blends
• 100% Cotton
See the processes used.
Do you inventory shirts?
We do not have an inventory or warehouse full of shirts.
At Runderful, almost every garment you purchase is printed specifically to your order – design, garment style, size and color.
We try to stock an inventory of blank apparel, in various sizes and colors. But as you can imagine that would be a lot of shirts- 10 differnt sizes, Gender specific -Men’s and Women’s, polyester, blended and cotton, 20 different colors, round collar, v-neck collar, scoop collar, short sleeves, long sleeves, sleeveless, tank top, etc… That would be over 200 variations for just one type of shirt and design. We don’t have a warehouse, just a small design/production office.
How does your pricing work?
When it comes to pricing , there are five things we consider:
2. Printing Method
3. Garment Style
4. Garment Color
5. Ink Colors on Front/Back
How quickly can I receive my order?
You need your shirts tomorrow for a competition, race or workout this weekend.
If you need your gear today or tomorrow, we’d love to help make it happen—call us or live chat with us now. We take a lot of pride in being able to say we offer fast turnaround times due to the printing processes we use.
If you don’t need your t-shirts screen printed or embroidered, you can check out for delivery within one to two business days. Rush shipping is also available at additional costs. Free shipping on all orders over $75.
Do you offer local pickup?
Yes. We know shipping can be expensive. We are local to Sarasota, Florida. Local pickup for purchasers residing in Florida within Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Tampa and Fort Meyers are approximately an hours drive South or North depending on your location.
Can I use the Runderful® brand on my own shirts?
Unfortunately, that’s a big NO! (You’ll need to pay a licensing fee and have permission and a written letter from us).
The brand/name “Runderful®” and the Running “R”® are trademarked through the United States Patent and Trademark Offce (USPTO.gov). Knowingly using trademarked materials without permission from the trademark owner is highly, highly illegal. We love you, and don’t want you to face astronomical fines!