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What is Appliqué?
Appliqué means the layering of fabric on fabric, the oldest method of custom banner and flag manufacturing. Because each item is individually assembled and stitched by our expert sewing crew, your flag, banner, or table drape is given plenty of human attention. This results in a hand crafted, quality product that is easily distinguished from its mass-produced competition, and in turn distinguishes your company or organization.
The Appliqué Process:
PLOTTING THE PATTERN
Our art department digitizes your design to a file that is made up of lines and curves. This file is plotted onto paper using a pounce tool, which traces your design and leaves small holes in the paper.
STENCILING THE PATTERN
The paper pattern is positioned onto correctly colored fabric, pinned, and then stenciled using a special ink. The ink passes through the holes in the paper, marking the fabric beneath it.
STITCHING THE DESIGN
Our sewing department uses a zig-zag stitch to sew over the stenciled pattern, affixing the color fabric being sewn to the fabric beneath it.
CUTTING THE DESIGN
Once stitching is complete, the excess fabric is cut off by hand, leaving only the stitched design behind.
When all colors have been stitched and cut, the banner or flag is hemmed and finished, with pole pockets or grommets added as needed. We complete your order with pole sets for hanging or flying if you need them.
Is appliqué right for me?
Appliqué is the method of choice if your design contains solid colors (no color fades or photographic images) and for smaller quantities.
Appliqué is a great method to choose for corporate logo flags, military guidons, school/organizational banners, personal boat pennants.
Art Requirements for Appliqué Jobs
All files must be vector! This means that the files must be comprised of outlines and not pixels. All lettering within the files must be converted to outlines also so as to avoid unwanted font substitution. Acceptable file types include: .ai, .plt, .pdf, and most .eps files.