What is Tackle Twill?

by Anthony Clark

Ever wondered how customized shirts came to be? Well, there are so many customized clothes and apparel that it is so understandable if such thoughts ever came to your mind.

The impressive thing about customized clothing and apparel is that they come in different patterns, with different variety of customization options and a ton of different ways in which they were customized.

Tackle Twill is one of the most popular and long-lasting customization options. It is so popular that even sports organizations use it while customizing shirts, jackets, and jerseys for sale. Interestingly, there are several ways you can apply one can utilize tackle twill when customizing shirts, jerseys, and the likes. While we won't be talking about how to do one, because it is a lengthy and expensive customization option, we will be discussing everything you need to know about it. With this post, you can then easily identify a tackle twill-designed shirt while in a boutique or online store for one.

More often than not, we mostly come across two types of designs:

  • Screen-printed designs;
  • Embroidery designs

All about Tackle Twill

Screen-printed designs are very common and easy to identify. This is because, on touch, they almost feel like the image or text was taped to the shirt. In truth, this is not far from the total explanation of how the design came to be.

All about Tackle Twill
All about Tackle Twill

Embroidery design on the other hand is also quite distinctive and unique, to say the least. As the name implies, the designs are printed with the use of embroidery threads. A lot of sewing is done to achieve and get the right results.

Even with the clear distinctions between this two, it can still be very difficult to identify tackle twill-designed apparel and clothing. Even more so if you do not know what you should look for when in the market for one.

Essentially, tackle twill designs are done by sewing a pattern cut from one piece of material onto a shirt or intended clothing fabric. The sewing is done using a twill which is just a type of thread that is made from nylon.

NOTE: A twill can also be made from other types of material, provided it bears similar properties to nylon.

When did Tackle Twill's designs originate?

Quite interestingly, this type of design has been around for a while. R.K. Liebe invented the design and shortly patented it after good reviews of how unique the customization option was.

The design was initially made to be used for customizing the different football pants of American football teams. However, due to more advances being made as well as the development of better customization materials tackle twill has been replaced. However, it is still being used for other athletic apparel due to its attractiveness and durability.

How is a tackle Twill shirt made?

As we briefly mentioned earlier, it is quite complicated and often pretty expensive. How expensive it is depends mostly on how many supplies you have to buy to make one.

That said, there is nothing wrong with learning how one is made. Besides, a post detailing everything you need to know about a customization option that does not explain how the design is done is not complete!

NOTE: Before we proceed, you should remember that we already said this type of design involves sewing or weaving two materials together using threads known as twill. The pattern of sewing of the twill not only affects the overall design when it is done, but it also affects the texture of the pattern.

The patterns being sewn onto desired fabric are usually of polyester material. There are two techniques used when sewing. There is a normal sewing technique in which the two fabrics, the pattern and the desired fabric, are sewn on top of each other to create different patterned layers.

The other technique is a reverse sewing method in which the materials are made to overlap using the thread so that it looks as if the pattern is inside the base fabric itself. These types of tackle twill designs often look like outlined sewing.

There are two ways to carry out tackle twill sewing. You can either use a dedicated sewing machine specifically built for twill thread. You can also sew by hand. However, the type of method you use, be it by hand or by the use of a sewing machine, mostly depends on how many designs you have to make.

You don't want to spend extra money on a sewing machine if you aren't making the designs in bulk for multiple shirts or base materials.

TIP: If you are wondering where to get durable sewing machines that use twill thread, you can easily get them on Amazon.

With all that has been said, here is a quick rundown of the steps involved in making a tackle twill designed shirt.

  • You start by cutting the patterns you want out of the polyester material you already set aside. You can do this by hand or use a plotter machine. The main difference between the two is that plotter machines let you create accurate and precise cuts. They are necessary if you plan on designing shirts and other clothing apparel for business.

But if you are only doing this type of customization for fun on your shirts, jerseys, and jackets, then hand-cutting the patterns does not hurt.

  • Next, decide on the sewing technique. Do you want to use a sewing machine or your hand?
  • Carefully and accurately stitch the edges of the pattern to the desired garment or cloth using the twill. The most common type of stitching pattern used in this case is Zigzag stitching or dotted stitching. Once you completely sew the edges close, the procedure is complete.
  • Though not necessary, you can always heat seal the pattern to add another layer of durability to the pattern.

Benefits of Tackle Twill as a customization option and as a clothing choice

In this section, we will look at the reasons you should look to purchasing clothing apparel that comes with tackle twill designs. These benefits would also highlight why it is a good idea to use it as a customization option when making custom shirts, jerseys, etc. for yourself or your business.

1. Quality

In terms of quality, tackle twill design is always of a sturdy construct. This is mostly due to the durability of the polyester material the design is made from and the tight stitching done using the twill thread.

The implication of this is that you can expect the clothes with such designs to last long and not wear down quickly. More often than not, the tackle twill design usually outlasts the garment or fabric material it is attached to in terms of wear and tear.

2. Cost

Well, they can be expensive to make as well as to buy. The important thing to keep in mind when getting a cloth that has a tackle twill design is what you plan to use it for. Is it a casual gym jersey or do you plan to frequent the gym a lot? Will, you put the cloth to a lot of use?

Depending on your answer, you can then decide how much budget you are willing to create to buy a shirt or jersey design with twill patterns.

For the most part, you should remember that the more complex the twill pattern design is on the cloth, the more expensive it will be.

Also, the number of colors you have in the tackle twill can influence the overall price of the cloth.

3. Usage

This explains how you plan to use the tackle twill customized cloth. It also determines how you want to set up for making customized tackle twill clothes.

Usually, this type of design is only seen on athletic jerseys. This is due to the ability of the design to withstand the harsh engagements of sporting activities.

Those asides, tackle twills are also used to design:

- Sorority or fraternity wears

- Custom school apparel

- Sweaters

- Blankets; etc.


Tackle Twill vs Other Customization

So which is better? Tackle Twill vs Other customization options?

The answer is down to honestly down to personal preference and what you plan to use the jersey for. For instance, people looking for original athletic styled wear would always go for a tackle twill-designed one. This is not to say that a screen-printed designed jersey isn't going to work out fine too. However, you can't expect the same longevity when the two are put under intense sports demands. Add that with the fact that screen-printed designs often come with their additional weight, there is so much reason to choose a tackle twill jersey.

The same logic goes for embroidered designs. They are particularly expensive since they are made by stitching. That aside, it is very rare to find authentic sports wears that are embroidered.

Lastly, you can't but compare how much a tackle twill jersey, shirt, or designed apparel would cost. The price mostly depends on the type of design on it as well as how multicolored the stitch work is.

About Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark always had a passion for digital drawing and printing ever since he was young. He would wander around his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portrayal of anything: objects, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State University - the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present his experience coupled with some colorful dips to help shape the future of printing.

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