For most of the apparel which you see in retail stores, screen printing or all over screen printing technique on t-shirts has traditionally been the decorating method of choice.
Ink is only dropped down on the garment where the design is, eliminating the undesirable window that can occur with some digital transfer paper with screen printing.
A screen must be burned for each color and it requires a screen printing press to be set up as a graphic must be separated as the process which breaks the down graphic into the different colors are required to print it for all over prints on shirts.
When you only need a few shirts, this can become a very time consuming and expensive process.
The cost per a screen printed shirt could easily be more than what your customer is willing to pay for as commonly referred to as a short run which can be as low as 1 shirt to as many as 48 depending on the size of the shop.
Limited edition personalized garments, the need for a high-quality solution grew with the changes in fashion leaning more toward short-run. Apparel decorators are never satisfied with the concept that things are never going to get any better of course especially with the all over screen printing technique on t-shirts.
T-shirt screen printing marking the best choice
To create better inkjet transfer papers with less hand or feel to them, manufacturers and distributors continued to push the boundaries by finding cheaper and faster ways to screen print.
In a solution which could be done in a compact space, the introduction of T-shirt screen printing allowed us to take the positive aspects of both inkjet transfers and screen printing.
Allowing the ink to remain on the garment without a polymer being applied to the top of the shirt like a transfer, the concept of DTG,
Digital garment printing is basically using a digital printer to lay down a textile water-based inks which have chemical binders. Using either a heat press or a textile conveyor dryer, the ink is then cured to the garment.
Printing through all over t-shirt printing machine
An apparel decorator can take the artwork from a customer, put it on to a garment and get paid by the customer in less than 10 minutes on average. The decorator can personalize the next garment with a name, number, or different colors and produce another custom garment in minutes with some modifications to the artwork.
In a matter of minutes, that is the beauty of DTG digital garment printing and personalized garments give when it is done with all over t-shirt printing machine.
From the carrier paper to the garment, sublimation transfers differ from thermal transfers in that they are a dye which actually transfers.
Sublimation pigments pass from a solid state to a gas state and embed themselves in the fibers of the garment as sublimation produces a print which has virtually no feel.
Many times the decision comes down to a choice between four main options – each with its own strengths and weaknesses when looking at garment decoration printing options.
Direct-to-garment and traditional screen printing are the choices which you get for printing directly onto the garment. Sublimation or thermal transfers are the other options.
Each of these processes has its own pros and cons as stated above. On the factors which are most important to your business application, you should make your decision.
Screen-printing and direct to garment printing sublimation needs a synthetic substrate to effectively transfer to simply put it are not cotton friendly, unlike the thermal transfers. For decorating non-textiles such as mugs, plates, brass, and aluminum, sublimation is definitely the process of choice.