As you can see throughout our website, our usual MOQ is 150 pcs/design or colour in any size. And it is applicable to most of the apparel that we manufacture and for almost all of our new clients.
However, there are exceptions to this rule.
MOQ Under 150 Pieces
It is possible to get as low as 15 pieces per design. But in order to warrant such a low MOQ, there are a couple of boxes that need to be checked.
- □ Sublimation printing must be the printing technique
- □ Fabric must be polyester
- □ The pattern should be the same for each design (the image below shows what a pattern is)
- □ For short-term cooperation, the total order should be for approx. 1000 pieces (regardless of design and/or colour); for long-term cooperation, we can find an arrangement via email correspondence
The source of each condition is more or less the need to save time, the one factor that can really justify lowering MOQs. So let’s see each checkbox in a bit more detail.
Dye Sublimation Printing Is a Must
Dye sublimation saves time because it allows for all design alterations to be done digitally. Colours, positions, everything. And everything is visible on-screen before the garment is made.
Another time-saving factor is the fact that all fabrics for sublimation printing must be white. So no dyeing tiny batches in different colours and losing a lot of time on that. Regardless of the design, each piece of fabric will have a white base colour and that’s it. This is because there’s no such thing as white ink for dye-sub printers. Therefore, the only way to have white colours in your garment is if they exist in the fabric before printing. Learn more about sublimation printing on the sublimation clothing page.
We found that Epson dye sublimation do the best job and we’re sticking with them.
Fabric Must Be Polyester
This is another condition for dye sublimation to work properly. Polyester is the only fabric that can go through this process successfully. Natural fabrics and polyamide don’t retain the colour properly, while for nylon it takes a lot of trial and error to find the perfect temperature for sublimation. If you want to be a bit more sustainable, you can use recycled polyester fabrics instead of virgin ones.
Pattern Should Be The Same for Each Design
In other words, the clothing must have the same shape in order for this low moq to work for both of us. And the reason behind this is cost-effectiveness. One pattern can be pre-cut and stored in one go. It is essential that most of the manufacturing gets done in one go. That’s the only way we can save time, energy, and materials and for you to get a lower moq for your designs.
Total Order Must Be approx. Thousand Pieces (Short-term Cooperation)
This is because for every order, we must start the entire manufacturing process and to make it cost-effective, a certain volume of production is needed. But not only that. With each smaller order, we risk delaying work for our regular clients. In order to justify that risk, a total of approx. 1000 pieces are sort of our fail-safe.
As we said, for long-term cooperation with low MOQ, it’s best to get in touch and sort out the details of our possible cooperation that way. Please write at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get the ball rolling.
You as a client must be absolutely sure about how your clothing should look like. This 15-pieces-per-design deal depends on having the whole manufacturing process fully streamlined, and that doesn’t happen if you want to make a change mid-production. This is especially important in the design application stage.
Clear communication is king here and if we achieve that right off the bat, there should be no hiccups in the production stage ever.
MOQ Over 150 Pieces?
This is also a reality. For instance, if you were to order face masks from us, the MOQ would change from 150 to 500. And that’s expected because the amount of fabric that goes into making a face mask differs significantly from that of a t-shirt.
MOQ for kids wear and babywear is 250.
As you could see, the only easy answer to any question regarding changes to our regular MOQ could be “it depends”. We hope we’ve managed to approach the reasoning behind that most annoying answer to a question. Basically, it all comes down to saving time. Only if we manage to save time, we’ll be able to meet you halfway.
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To get the best possible price and lead time estimate, please include the number of designs and pieces per design, fabric choice, sizes, and printing options.