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There’s no doubt about it that personalised t-shirts have always been popular, but over the last few years, the demand has significantly increased.

Long gone are the days where personalised clothing was predominately used for school uniform, workwear, and sports teams. With more charitable sporting events such as the London Marathon, the Great Manchester Run and bespoke ones, and stag and hen parties, personalised t-shirts have never been more popular.

There are different t-shirt printing techniques, all of which depend on the preferred style of apparel and the design. And no one wants their personalised clothing to be poor quality, especially if there’s a personal attachment to it. Fortunately, Buytshirtsonline will advise on the best t-shirt printing technique, whether that’s embroidery or heat transfer, and the type of clothing that is best suited.

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Choosing the Right Design for your Personalised T-Shirt

The first and most crucial aspect for any t-shirt personalisation is the design. The design is what people see and remember, whether that’s for those wearing the t-shirt or onlookers. So, the customisation must leave a positive and memorable impression.

You also need to take into consideration how you want the personalisation to appear on the t-shirt. Having a winning design is one thing, but if it looks misplaced, it can cause mayhem and more work to get it right.

The design cannot be offensive, and it must be interpreted in the right way. If you’re unsure on how others will perceive the personalisation, we advise getting an impartial opinion from someone who will provide honest feedback.

Remember, once you’ve sent the design over for your t-shirt printing, it’s too late. So, to avoid spending more on redoing the prints, spend a bit more time on getting the design right and how you want it to look on the t-shirt right.

Polo Shirt Embroidery, Heat Transfer, Vinyl Cut and Screen Printing – Which One to Choose?

Once you have the personalisation design nailed, you need to decide on which type of t-shirt printing is most suitable. There are different options available that Buytshirtsonline specialises in, including t-shirt embroidery, heat transfer, vinyl cut and screen printing.

Buytshirtsonline has created an article to help you decide which form of t-shirt printing is suited for your needs and clothing material. Click here to learn more.

If you have a large order, screen printing is ideal. Not only will it save you money and time, but it’s the recommended choice for large customised designs and perfect for printing photographs or detailed artwork, as screen printing machines uses more colours to capture every element. It’s a popular choice for customised charity t-shirts, and hen and stag parties.


Embroidery offers a different style of customisation – stitching. While this technique takes longer compared to screen printing and heat transfer, embroidery provides more luxury and professionalism.

Due to the stitching method, it adds a professional look, making it a perfect choice for workwear, school uniform and clothing.

So, if you’re designing a personalised t-shirt that is for work purposes such as events or uniform, or you want a design that is different to traditional t-shirt printing, embroidery could be what you’re looking for.

Please note, embroidery isn’t suitable for all clothing types, including standardised content t-shirts. Polo t-shirts are popular and recommended but speak to a member of our team for more information.

Heat Transfer

Likewise, with screen printing, heat transfer is also cost-effective and popular for transferring photo images to a t-shirt. If you only have a small order, heat transfer is the perfect option. So, if you’re a small business owner or want a handful of customised attire, we suggest considering heat transfer.

But remember, the design you send over is printed onto transfer paper and then heat pressed onto the t-shirt, so it must be accurate.

Vinyl Cut

Vinyl cut is perfect for sports and leisurewear customisation. If your design predominately uses one colour, then vinyl cut t-shirt printing is a best-suited option. The cutter plotter system on the machine can only cut one colour at a time. However, it is possible to print multiple colours onto your t-shirt design, as our vinyl cut printing machine can cut several parts of your design at various times using alternate vinyl.

Choosing the Right Clothing

Now you’ve chosen the design and type of t-shirt printing method, you need to decide on the style of clothing to customise.

It’s easy to assume that you can successfully transfer a personalised design onto any garment. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and some people have been caught out. Buytshirtsonline will inform you if the t-shirt printing technique isn’t compatible with the clothing material you’ve chosen.

Polo t-shirts are perfect and most suitable for t-shirt embroidery, as the fabric is heavier and thicker and can endure the stitching process of a needle and thread pulling against this item of clothing.

Breathable sports and leisure t-shirts are ideal for vinyl cut printing. Standard cotton t-shirts and hoodies are also suitable for vinyl cut printing, as well as screen printing and heat transfer.

If you have any questions regarding t-shirt personalisation, whether it’s how to design the customisation to the printing style and appropriate clothing, give Buytshirtsonline a call today 01928579951 or send us an email to You can also view ourt-shirt printing gallery here for inspiration.

T-shirt printing personalisation has never been easier than with Buytshirtsonline.