I.K. Threads

When The Know-It-Alls debuted at ISS Long Beach last month we received a lot of compliments and questions on our custom threads.  Here’s what we did…

Designed by Rick and Tom then printed/stitched at Motion Textile, we created four unique pieces:

The “Know-It-All Hoody” (N280 NANO FULL-ZIP HOOD)


Traditional plastisol, printed over zipper, faux stitching, matte thread embroidery on sleeve


Achieving a clean print with even ink deposit over the zipper requires the use of foam printing platens


Though an 80/20 blend, this product has a 100% cotton face. Technically you could print a cotton white but I still recommend a low-bleed ink, especially on red. Better safe than sorry



The “I.K. Cardigan” (District Made DM315)


Burmilana specialty thread by Madeira used for a vintage look and feel, compliments the garment nicely


Burmilana is a fine spun 50% wool, 50% acrylic embroidery thread. Working with this product can be tricky, requiring special digitizing and slower machine speeds, but the effect is worth the trouble


The District Made collection is available exclusively from Sanmar. Good stuff.


The “KnowTee” (4980 Nano-T)


Soft plastisol inks (Rutland C3 w/ Chino Base) used for a soft hand, printed over bottom seam, four locations


Soft plastisol inks completely penetrate the fabric. The hand is comparable to that of water-base inks



The Hanes Nano tee is made from 30/1’s, 100% ring spun cotton fabric. Easy printing


The “Ink Kitchen Cap” (District DT612)


Madeira Frosted Matt Thread has a nice matte finish, complimenting the distressed cap style


The District line is available exclusively through Sanmar






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