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The Benefits of Sampling

There’s nothing worse than forking out a chunk of your savings on a new run of t-shirts only to receive them and wish that you’d made the artwork a little bit bigger or the colour a tiny bit darker. Digital mockups are great but nothing beats a physical sample of your potential garment. Still need convincing? Here’s our top 5 reasons why sampling rules.

Close up of a Death Machines of London T-shirt

You could save yourself a lot of money in the long run. Sampling is definitely recommended if it’s the first time you’re printing a design that falls outside the realms of ‘standard’ and essential if you’re asking us to use more experimental printing techniques. The distressed vintage effect of the above Death Machines of London t-shirt comes from it being screen printed inside out. Sampling gave us plenty of room to get the method just right.


You can try your design across a variety of different garments. Not sure if you prefer your artwork on light heather or dark heather sweatshirts? This is the perfect opportunity to test them out, and while you’re at it why not throw in a black sweat and navy t-shirt too, you never know the final outcome might surprise you.

3rd Rail Pantone Book

You’ll get free screen set up on the main run. As long as you order a minimum of 25 garments and within 3 months we won’t charge you for screen set up if you do decide to go ahead with your design.


You can try your out your artwork in different colours. The Pantone solid palette currently contains 1867 colours – that’s a lot of options. Even if you’ve narrowed it down to your perfect shade it’s always worth seeing what it looks like when printed.


You’ll be left with loads of unique one offs. Everyone knows exclusive products are more appealing, there’s no reason why you can’t make money from your samples.

3rd Rail T-shirt Pile

For more information about the sampling process or to discuss your options send an email to and we’ll be happy to help.