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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