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  • Banner hems and eyelet advice?

    Posted by Leslie Anderson on March 21, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Hi gang

    me again! 😬

    i have a customer asking me for a price for 30 banners and the banner she had with her didn’t have any hems and the eyelets were pretty far apart from what i could see.
    is not having hems OK?
    is there a rule for spacing eyelets?

    TIA ❤

    David Hammond replied 2 years, 3 months ago 7 Members · 9 Replies
  • 9 Replies
  • David Gwyndaf Povah

    March 21, 2022 at 10:42 am


    its fine not to have hems you can buy tape that reinforces the edge and space the eyelets about 1m apart depending on size should be fine👍

  • Leslie Anderson

    March 21, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    thanks for your reply david.
    the thing with the reinforcement tape is that it is still labour and i imagine it more expensive route to take? i don’t mind hemming them but it is a lot of time for 30 banners which i will need to try allow for.

    • David Gwyndaf Povah

      March 21, 2022 at 2:22 pm

      it all depends how long they want them to last and what sort of money they want to pay if they are basically throw away it say no hems is fine but if they want them to last then definitely need to be hemmed

  • Adam McMonagle

    March 21, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Leslie

    Outsource them, better to have welded hems and metal eyelets, you can buy them for less than you can make them if you know where to go 👍

  • David Hammond

    March 21, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    We rarely print banners, most customers expect them to be cheap as chips, and you can buy them from trade suppliers cheap enough to still make a margin.

    As you said, its the labour hemming and eyeletting them, if you’ve nothing better to be doing it might be an afternoons work.

    If its screaming urgent, or a short run, we’ll run in house I’ve printed two banners this year, been asked for a few but always find someone is doing it for next to nothing.

  • RobertLambie

    March 21, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    * If you do not hem a banner, it will quickly curl in on itself between the areas that it is fixed or has an eyelet.
    * When you hem the banner, it gives it more of a finished appearance.
    * Hemming the banner also gives it more strength.
    * Hemming the banner also gives the eyelet a better grip and strength. if you don’t have a hem, then the eyelet can be torn out the edge of the banner, more easily.
    * As a general rule for standard banners, we will place an eyelet every 610mm apart.

    As long as the artwork is given to us, or the artwork is quick and simple to create, I really do not mind doing banners. I do my best to get the customer who will order, pay and come and pick their sign up. I will pretty much do any type of sign work based on that.

  • Pane Talev

    March 22, 2022 at 7:29 am

    I do eyelets at 60cm apart. I very rarely sell non hemmed / non finished banner. Always double-sided tape hemmed, with eyelets.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    March 22, 2022 at 9:12 am

    We regularly produce banners & have plenty of clients who really couldn’t be bothered doing the rounds online to get them for stupid money, & are happy to pay my rates which are more realistic than the online banner charities. They take no real time to produce ( I usually nest them & print overnight when I’m at home ) We have a high frequency welder so I don’t use the tape, but that seems pricey for what it is. Eyelets every 2′ apart. As Rob said, a job is a job & if you have time to print them, you will have them finished & invoiced before the online mob have them on the back of a courier

  • David Hammond

    March 22, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    I’ll happily do them, we don’t get asked for many. When we have, there’s usually someone selling it for nothing. I can count on one hand how many we’ve printed this year.

    30x 2x1m banners, printed, hemmed and eyeletted you can buy in @ £630 – £21 each.

    Printing over night is a good idea, the machines earning money when it’s otherwise sat idle, then a couple of hours to finish them. Provided there’s no hiccups whilst away.

    The cost for media and ink is minimal, but the time to print it, then finishing it? I just think is it worth it if you’ve other work on the go? I also don’t have the attention span to do repetitive tasks, and I’ll soon get bored of finishing banners, doing stickers etc. It’s a big turn off for me, but I’ll happily do other work others don’t like.

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