Ink / Method of Printing
The type of ink you plan on using can also play a factor in picking the perfect t-shirt as well as the printing method, such as DTG (direct to garment printing), screen print or vinyl.
Why can ink play a factor? Sometimes the inks react differently to the garment of shirts. For example, sometimes screen printing neon inks do not react well to polyester blend t-shirts. Some t-shirt blends need to be cured (dried) more than others after screen printing to prevent the ink from cracking after a few washes.
The method of printing can also play a big factor. Like the inks, the method of printing may need a particular style of t-shirt. We've learned that for screen printing, most garments are O.K. for production, but if you're considering DTG we've learned that, to maximize the print quality, it is better to use 100% cotton on ringspun cotton.
Lastly, and maybe the most important consideration in choosing the perfect t-shirt is---How does the shirt fit?!? This is why it is recommended to order a few samples to wear them around, wash, and see how they react after that.
Does the sleeves shrink? Does the shirt shrink? Does it fit the same? Did the color fade? By ordering samples, you will know exactly what you're selling/what your client is receiving/what your employees, friends or family will be wearing.
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12/7/2022 11:27:28 am
It was helpful when you said to consider your target audience. My brother was at my house last night for dinner, and he talked about how he wants to work with a screen printing service that can help him with making t-shirts for his employees. I'll pass these tips along to him once he starts searching for a screen printing service.
1/20/2023 12:03:54 am
Yes! When designing t-shirts for your company or group, it's important to take your target market into account. It will make it more likely that the shirts will reflect the ideals and reputation of your company and that both your staff and consumers are aligned and like them!
I like that you talked about trying various materials to find the best fabric for you after wearing, washing, and feeling them. I will keep that in mind when I buy Pittsburgh Tee shirts for my family this weekend. It's important that I choose the right material because my daughter actually have sensitive skin.
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1/20/2023 12:00:10 am
I'm happy that was useful to you! It's crucial to choose the correct fabric for you and your family, especially when doing so sensitively. It's admirable that you are taking the time to think about the shirt's fabric before you purchase. It can undoubtedly have a significant impact on wearability and comfort.
1/27/2023 08:31:14 am
My friend wants to give out T-shirts for his company. It makes sense that he would want to ensure that he gets the right shirt style for it! I can see how an uncomfortable shirt could end up hurting his brand.
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