Fabric Guide for Decorating

Fabric Guide for Decorating

100% Cotton

  • Soft feel
  • Breathable
  • Prone to shrinkage and wrinkles over time
  • Lightweight and heavier options

 

Ringspun or Combed Cotton

  • Natural cotton fiber that has been processed
  • Softer feel than 100% cotton
  • Longer lasting durability

 

Jersey

  • Knitted instead of woven
  • Breathable and lightweight
  • Softens with washing

 

50/50 Blend

  • 50% cotton and 50% polyester
  • Softer & lighter feel than cotton
  • Not as breathable as cotton
  • More shrink resistant

 

Tri-Blends

  • Blend of cotton, polyester, and rayon
  • Softest of all fabric options
  • Results in vintage look with screen print

 

100% Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic material that is durable but not as breathable as cotton. It's used in athletic wear like jerseys or tanks as the material is moisture wicking. 100% polyester is used for Sublimation garments.

  • Moisture wicking
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Resistant to shrinkage and wrinkles

 

Spandex

Stretchy material that is often used in athletic wear like bike shorts or sports bras. Athletic Sublimation garments typically are a poly/spandex blend. 

  • Super stretchy 
  • Retains shape
  • Resistant to moisture

 

What kind of fabrics are best for each type of printing?

 

Screen Printing

Although a variety of fabrics can be used for screen printing, 100% cotton will still produce the best results, especially with water-based ink. 

Good, Better, & Best: T-Shirts for Screen Printing 

 

DTG Digital

Unlike screen printing, DTG can only use water-based ink which means 100% cotton will yield best the results. 

 How to Care for Your DTG Garments

 

Digital Squeegee

Although materials with high polyester content (like 50/50 blends) can be used for Digital Squeegee prints, it's not recommended. On a 50/50 blend garment, 4 screens will need to be used (waterbased poly blocker, waterbased white underbase, pre digital screen, then digital top coat). A great print can still be achieved, but it does increase the hand feel of the garment since there's so many printed layers and it leaves less room on press for special effects like metallic or glitter. 100% cotton only requires a discharge base and a digital top coat. 

Get the Best Results Out of Your Digital Squeegee Prints 

 

Sublimation

To create an all-over print, Sublimation actually melts pigments in the fibers as opposed to just printing on top of the garment. Due to this process, only polyester fabric can be used.

 What is Sublimation Printing?

 

Embroidery

Since this is not a printing technique, embroidery can be used to decorate essentially any garment. However, more durable garments have a better chance of holding up to the embroidery process. The tighter the weave, the better.

Transforming Garments with Embroidery 

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