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T-Shirt Printing

There are various t-shirt printing techniques, including embroidery, heat transfer and screen printing, but the one you choose all depends on what you want from the customisation and the style of clothing. Embroidery is more suited to workwear. Screen printing is usually used for promotional events and heat transfers for small runs and sportswear. 

Screen Printing

Screen Printing Pro's

Screen printing is probably the most popular t-shirt printing method for customising garments. Often referred to as silk screen printing, this technique dates back to the Song Dynasty, between 960-1279AD.

Two of the reasons for its popularity is that screen printing is more cost-effective and time-efficient, compared to other t-shirt printing techniques such as embroidery. It's the ideal choice for bulk buying or one-off events, and it suits all clothing customisation needs.

For those looking to customise a large design on garments such as t-shirts, screen printing is perfect for the job. 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 a fantastic way to stand out.


Embroidery Pro's

As you probably already know, embroidery is a stitching method to customise garments, leaving a long-lasting effect. But don't worry, although Buytshirtsonline has a skilled embroidery team who have the skills to hand-stitch designs onto clothing, we have innovative digital embroidery machines that can do the job at a much quicker pace. Our embroidery machines are state-of-the-art and can recreate traditional stitching visuals.

Compared to traditional screen printing, embroidery is more durable, meaning your garments have a longer shelf life, which is particularly important when putting your customised clothing through multiple washes.

 Embroidery adds an extra element of professionalism to your clothing, and it's a popular option for customising workwear or school uniform. Polo t-shirts are excellent, and our recommended choice of apparel for adding embroidery too and Buytshirtsonline has a vast range of wholesale polo t-shirts for you to choose from.

Heat Transfer

Heat Transfer Pro's

Heat transfer printing is more popular for multi-colour prints such as photographs, or smaller print designs. This t-shirt printing method is time-saving and doesn't require any specific artwork design. The design you send over is generally printed onto transfer paper before it gets heat pressed onto the garment.

It's also another cost-effective way to customise clothing, particularly for small quantities and a perfect choice if you're a small or start-up business.

As heat transfer is an excellent option for a small round of prints, making it a favourable choice if you wanted to test a few t-shirt printing ideas before committing to a large bulk buy. So, if you wanted to test out a few custom designs to see which looks best, you can do your first batch of t-shirt printing via the heat transfer method and then place a larger order for screen printing. 




What Materials Should I Use for The Different T-Shirt Printing Methods? 

While all materials are suitable, we recommend certain garments for specific t-shirt printing needs to ensure you get the highest quality of service from us and customisation designs that last.

Standard cotton t-shirts and hoodies are widely used for screen printing and heat transfer, and here at Buytshirtsonline, we have a vast range of colours, styles, and brands to choose from, including Fruit of the Loom and AWDis Hoods.

For embroidery, polo t-shirts would be our first choice, not only is the material more sustainable, but it adds a cleaner, more professional look compared to standard crew or V-neck shirts. Polyester, silk, and thin materials aren't suitable for embroidery.

We would recommend heat transfers for sports and gym wear such as 100% polyester performance t-shirts and shorts.

For more information on the type of materials that are best suited for the different t-shirt printing techniques, or to learn more about the benefits of each one so you can choose the right customised design method, contact Buytshirtsonline today.