Puck Drawn Hockey flew to a factory at the Czech Republic to make a custom hockey jersey. In today’s blog, you are invited to join us here, where we’re going to be taking a look at how a pro hockey jersey is made from start to finish. Of course, bear in mind that there’s lots of different types of jerseys out there.
Some of them are embroidered, but the ones we’re discussing at this particular time are all sublimated designs. At its core, the process of making a pro custom hockey jersey can be split into three different parts.
The first part is having the design created. This is when you have to make your decision of what type of color you like, what kind of logo you want, and how big you want the logo to be on your hockey jersey.
All your choices are illustrated in a particular software that deals with vector files, primarily images, pictures, and logos. This software assures that you won’t lose the image quality regardless of how big or small you make them, which is of utmost importance when you’re going to be turning it into a physical element like a garment – or a custom hockey jersey in this case.
From there, the design that you come up with would be then sent to the jersey manufacturer. This is where they’ll put it into their own software and then mostly arrange the different pieces of the jersey like the chest, the shoulders, the arms, or the back.
At that time, all of these pieces are separated on what I could only refer to as a canvas. After these procedures, the actual jersey design is printed onto a select type of paper.
Something that I noticed that I didn’t genuinely expect is that when the jerseys are printed onto this particular type of paper, the colors don’t look anything like what you’d expect them to look like. For example, a gold jersey that you created may almost look cream, and the black jersey may look almost purple.
However, as you’re probably guessing, once the process is complete and the design gets attached to the actual fabric, the colors are then precisely what you’d expect them to be like.
Once the design of the jersey is printed, it is then taken over to a rolling heat press. At this specific point, you get to select the fabric that you want to use for your custom hockey jersey.
Again, something that caught me off guard is all of the fabrics are white. Any red jerseys, black jerseys, or whatever color jersey you see when you’re using the sublimated process starts off white at the factory, and then the colors are applied to it during this rolling heat press process.
On the market, there are so various types of textures available: thick jerseys, thin jerseys, ones that you could say have almost kind of like holes in them.
So after you select the fabric that you want, the workers then take your material and also the printed design on the special paper to the heat press machine. They have a tool there to put the pieces together, which makes the design and the colors from the design permanently attached onto the fabric. The colors don’t fade over time or wash out over time. Once this process is complete, the result that you have is for life.
The next process from here is to take the fabric that now has the design of the colors on it, onto a cutting board. At this board, all of the different pieces and elements of the custom hockey jersey are cut and ready for the final process, which will be in the stitching.
All these procedures are carried out in different locations. The designing of the jersey is done at a separate location, the actual printing and also cutting of the jersey is done at a separate location, and even the stitching, in many cases, can also be done at a different location.
When you’re looking at one of the designs, you can see that it’s quite labor-intensive. That’s true, it’s quite a manual process. However, if you’re looking at a team order, the different components of the jersey like the front, the back, the arms are already pre-cut.
It would just be the design template or the special paper with the design and colors on it that gets laid over the top of them, and then they go to the rolling heat press machine. As you can imagine, this truly speeds up the process when you’re essentially creating the same design of a jersey for multiple times for a big team.
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The last and final part of the entire process is the stitching step. This step, again, to my surprise, is done manually. I think when you envision a jersey, you expect them to be spat out of a machine, and it’s ready.
However, this is something that goes through a lot of people’s hands to make sure that it comes out at the quality standard that you’d be expecting a pro custom hockey jersey to be.
In this part of the process, all of the individual pieces of the jersey that were printed onto the fabric are then stitched together. The jerseys are then ironed, and then put into its plastic packaging to be shipped to its destination.
Our time in the Czech Republic has been remarkable. This is a real heaven for custom hockey jerseys, and I’m looking forward to coming back here as soon as possible. If you want to see more articles on how things in hockey are made, make sure you comment under this article to let us know.
Next time, Puck Drawn Hockey wants to discuss with you about how pucks are made. Some blogs are out there on the Internet about it already, but all of them are quite old, so I’d like to make an updated version. So visit our website regularly so you can stay updated with all of the topics that we post, and thank you for reading!