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Does Fabric Matter?

When it comes to choosing the perfect tee to screen print, digitally print or embroider, Cotton is King. Just make sure you pick one that is 100% pre-shrunk cotton, preferably a Fine Jersey or Ring-Spun combed. This will ensure that your tee will last longer and it’s the perfect smooth surface for your design. The relationship between T-shirt fabrics is similar toan artist and his canvas. Choosing a T-shirt for your design is crucial if you want your masterpiece to last. In this article, we will discuss the best fabrics for your chosen technique.

 

Screen Printing

Preferred Fabric: Cotton

A technique which consists of applying ink through a silk screen onto the fabric. The ink only goes through the permeable areas. More often than not, screen printers use water-based inks and these work likewonders on cotton.

DTG (Direct to Garment)

Preferred Fabric: Cotton

Works just like an office digital printer but instead of paper, it prints onto fabric. It is recommended for complex designs that require high levels of detail and color variation. Unlike screen printing which can use different inks, DTG works exclusively with the water-based kind. In order to get the best results with this technique, use a 100% cotton garment.

Embroidery

Preferred Fabric: Anything that’s sturdy enough

Since it’s not a printing technique but rather an embellishment, embroidery has different requirements. In this case, instead of absorption, we’re looking for sturdiness. The stronger the fabric, then the more chances it has of surviving the process. Not every material can resist the simultaneous drilling of several needles. The tighter the weave of the fabric is, the better it will work.

Top 3 Laundry Tips: How To Preserve Your Custom Tee

Tip #1 - Turn the shirt inside-out.

Everyone knows the washing machine isn’t exactly gentle on a garment, even the delicate cycle. All that the swishing, sliding, and rubbing against the machine or other clothing can really do a number on your custom tee. The easiest way to protect the print job from excess wear and tear is to simply turn it inside-out. This keeps the printed side safe and prolongs the life of your tee.


Tip #2 - Use cool/low temperatures in washer and dryer.

High temperatures can stress the fibers of your shirt and make them more susceptible to damage. Hot water is excellent at removing stains, so it’s no surprise that it has a tendency to remove the ink on a print job too. You can prevent fading and frying by washing in cool water and drying on low.


Tip #3 - Use a mild detergent

As much as we love a strong detergent that is guaranteed to remove stains, we know those harsh chemicals aren’t easy on the fabric or dye and can cause your one-of-a-kind tee to lose its charm. Fortunately, there are many wonderful products out there to help with that.