Why work with Great Apparel For You?

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Great Customer ServiceWe are here to help you! You can reach out to us anytime by email at info@greatapparelforyou.com or by telephone by calling 773-486-1702. We can help figure out the best printing process and custom apparel for your project.

Competitive PricingWe offer competitive pricing for all of our services when compared with other Chicago based or nationally based printing companies! Whether you’re looking for custom screen printing, embroidered hats or polo shirts,  or custom apparel, we’re your one stop solution.

High Quality Products & ServicesOur catalog of apparel includes high quality garments and products of every shape and size. Take a look at our online catalog link above. If you don’t see the item you want to work with describe it and we will most likely be able to obtain it for you!

screen printing, embroidery, dtg printing, dye sublimation

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    Embroidery Screenprinting Not Sure

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    SCREEN PRINTING: Image Recommended
    - can be quoted based on # of colors

    EMBROIDERY: Image Required
    - As embroidery is based on stitch count we must receive and art file to determine costs.

    FULL COLOR PRINTING: Image Recommended
    – price may vary depending on quality and colors in art

    Screen Printing

    Custom screen printing is perfect for spot color art and quantities larger than 24. Can be use for almost all textures & locations. (Freight charges may apply for orders under 36 pieces.)


    High quality stitching for orders 24 or more. Ideal for hats, bags and dress shirts. Art must be spot color.


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    "Amazing customer service, super affordable, delivery time was stellar. They created a single custom t-shirt for me that I couldn’t find anywhere else and didn’t charge me an arm and leg. GAFY rocks."

    Noel M., Crystal Lake, IL

    "Really quick with quotes and getting back to my emails. Great Apparel For You is a company I will go back to for screen printing & embroidery needs!"

    Jennifer K., Palentine, IL

    "We ordered a variety of logo shirts and embroidery and the quality/price/delivery timeframe was unmatched by anyone we have ever utilized. "

    Shawn B., Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates


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    What are the minimums?

    This depends on what process you plan on using for your project. Embroidery has a minimum of 24 items. Custom screen printing has a minimum of 12 items. DTG and Dye Sublimation have no minimums!


    My art file is too large to upload. What do I do?

    You are more than welcome to upload a smaller version of the art file for us to review for the quote request (or email it to quotes@greatapparelforyou.com). When we send you a quote you will be sent art requirements which will include the size that we need the final file to be in and the best way to send it to us!


    I am not sure which printing process will work for my project, and I am trying to keep the price low, what do I do?

    If you are unsure about your project you should give us a call! We are in the office Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm CST. 773 – 486 – 1702.


    What is the average turnaround time?

    This depends on the type and size of your order. Custom screen printing is normally 7-10 business days. Embroidery is 10-12 business days. Direct-to-Garment and Dye Sublimation are 3-5 business days. If you need something sooner, include the due date in your quote request and note in the Additional Information section that this is a RUSH order. Rush fees may apply.


    Do we need to pay up front?

    Yes, for any new client you will submit a quote request with the form above. We will send you a quote within 1 business day. It will include details on how to submit your final order. We will then create an invoice for you to review and pay from. Once we receive payment then we will begin your order!


    Where are you located? Can we pick up our order?

    We are located in Chicago, IL in the West Town neighborhood. You are more than welcome to pick up your order when it is complete. We are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm CST. If you need to pick up beyond that time, include that in the Additional Info section of the quote request tool.

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