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Ask the Socks Guy: What is the most effective way to produce socks

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Q: What is the most effective way to produce socks with colours, prints & patterns of high quality?

A: This is a tough question to answer, as I am not sure what you actually mean when you say “effective.”

If you are talking about speed, sublimation printing is an excellent way to get socks with designs on them to customers quickly.

If you are talking about quality, socks that are knitted by hand or via machine that include designs or patterns are the way to go. This is because a knitted pattern will last longer than one that is printed on to a sock.

If you are talking about price, it depends on how many pairs of socks you are having made, as typically the more you make, the price goes down. This is true if the socks are sublimated or machine knitted.

If you are talking about which process creates less waste, it’s a toss up, but I’d guess that knitted socks produce less industrial waste even though dye sublimation printing creates less chemical waste than traditional printing.

This post was originally published on Quora. Ask me a sock-related question on there, and I’ll answer.

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