If you are considering making custom t-shirts or you are starting a business that sells them, you have probably looked into the best way to make them or buy them. There are typically two options to go with: Screen-Printing and Direct-to-Garment printing. Screen-printing and direct-to-garment printing both have their advantages and it is important to know when to choose either. We at Patterson Printing can help you with whatever process you choose.
Screen-Printing allows you to produce large amounts of the t-shirt you need to order. Not only that, but you are choosing quite a cost-effective method. It is generally a high quality option for your needs and it has the added benefit of being useful on specific, individual sections like sleeves or pockets. It however has its drawbacks.
The set up time takes longer and there has to be a minimum order when it is placed. The colors are limited, as well are the design options. The finish will tend to flake off or raise up after time (a few years) and washings. The one big problem if you are running a store is if you order it this, way you will have to order only one design per printing.
Direct to Garment
Direct-to-Garment, or DTG printing, has its pros and cons just like screen printing. Direct-to-Garment printing can print smaller orders (as few as one shirt) out for more specific needs with no limit on the colors that can be used. And since there are no limits on color, you can have more detailed and intricate designs or even print a photo to a shirt. The print is smoother and less messy than screen printing. The cost is also less up front ,which is always good for those looking to save money.
However, the ink is more expensive than screen printing, so while you save upfront it will cost a little more down the line. Also to consider is the fact that DTG isn’t for large quantity orders; it's more of a customization technique.
When you are looking for an option for your needs you need to go over exactly what it is you are buying for. For instance, if you are ordering shirts for a team or a league it will be better to go with screen printing for standard team shirts. For a more specific need, it will be best to go with DTG as it will allow for more customization. People who are looking to start t-shirt commerce store should consider using DTG because of the cost effectiveness and not to mention the fact that when an order comes in it can be fulfilled very quickly.
Keeping in mind what you need, you should think about these four main points.
2. Size of the order
4. Finish required
Keeping all of this in mind will steer you in the right direction and help inform you when you consider your options.
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