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T-Shirt Printing


Here at Buytshirtsonline, we are pleased to offer various customisation options for your chosen garments. Two of our most popular methods are screen printing and embroidery, but fundamentally these options deliver different finishes and are better suited to specific projects.

So, if you have found yourself jumping back and forth between either option, you have come to the right place. Here we have broken down all things screen printing and embroidery to decide which is best for you.

Learn what both methods entail, their results, and what garments are best suited to the different techniques. However, if you still haven't made up your mind, don't hesitate to contact our friendly team for more information and guidance!

What is the Different between Screen Printing and Embroidery?

There are various garment decoration techniques, including embroidery and screen printing, but the one you choose all depends on what you want from the customisation and clothing style. In a nutshell, we find that embroidery is more suited for workwear. In contrast, screen printing is usually used for promotional events and fashion retail.

Find out what each service entails and the finished product below.

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing, also known as silk printing, is a process of printing your designs on t-shirts and other garments.

It uses a mesh screen and ink-blocking stencil to print a design. Once the mesh and stencil construction are in place on the garment, the ink is evenly distributed to push through and transfer.

This method always leaves a sharp-edged design to be proud of.



At Buytshirtsonline, we have a skilled embroidery team with years of experience. In addition, our embroidery machines are state-of-the-art and can recreate traditional stitching visuals.

We will digitise your logo or design so that it is ready for the machine. We will colour match the embroidery thread to be used, and quality check the finished product to ensure it meets our standards once each garment has been decorated.

The embroidery machine has a framing mechanism that keeps the garment's fabric embroidery area taut under the sewing needs, and the machine will move the frame accordingly.


Screen printing is massively popular for several reasons. Firstly, it is a cost-effective and time-efficient way of customising larger order quantities while ensuring impeccable quality and results.

As a result, it's the ideal choice for bulk buying or one-off events, and it suits all clothing customisation needs.

Screen printing is perfect for the job for those looking to customise a large design on garments, such as t-shirts. The same also applies to intricate designs such as transferring photographic images or artwork to a clothing item, as the silk screen printing machine requires the usage of more colour to capture every detail.

So, whether you want to personalise charity t-shirts or hen and stag parties tees, silk screen printing is the most suitable and fantastic way to stand out.


Unlike traditional screen printing, embroidery is arguably more durable, meaning your garments will last longer. This is particularly important when putting your customised clothing through multiple washes.

In addition, embroidery adds an extra element of professionalism to your clothing, and it's a popular option for customising workwear or school uniform.



If you have chosen screen printing as the best customisation method, we recommend choosing 100% cotton garments. This could mean t-shirts, cotton bags and other options that we have available.

However, don't worry if you have already chosen a garment type and it is not 100% cotton, as to an extent, cotton/poly blends can also deliver quality results.

If you're in doubt about which garments to choose from, don't hesitate to contact our friendly team for a bit of guidance on what to look for. Alternatively, you can also explore our extensive website for inspiration, where you can find t-shirts, vests and more styles.



Polo shirts are an excellent, versatile garment choice and our recommended apparel for adding embroidery. In addition, polo shirts are often a more durable fabric that withstands the embroidery process without damaging the garment.

Polo shirts and embroidery also make a popular combination choice. They are synonymous with workwear and smart casual clothing, making them ideal for a professional finish you will be proud to show off at work or charity events.

At Buytshirtsonline, we have a vast range of wholesale polo t-shirts for you to choose from. Plus, you can learn more about this combination choice by reading our guide, 'Why Embroider Polo Shirts?'

Alternatively, you might also want to consider sweatshirts and hoodies for your embroidery designs if you want a more casual design.


Now that you have read through our guide to the differences in screen printing and embroidery methods, we hope that you have all the advice you could need to make your design decisions.

However, if you have found yourself with an unanswered question, please get in touch today. Our friendly and expert team are on hand to talk you through our services and products to ensure you are 100% happy and satisfied with your products.

Call the team on 01928 579 951 today.

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