Good, Better, Best

Learning how to choose what kind of t-shirt to use for your craft or screen-printing project depends on your crafting or screen-printing business needs. Some fabric and screen-printing choices make more sense for your bottom line than others. Or perhaps you’re looking for a different kind of t-shirt for your business due to changing needs.

Fabric and garment construction vary between t-shirts and, thus, yield different quality results. What kind of t-shirt you choose depends on your project’s price point, desired quality, and how you want the fabric to feel. Natural fibers tend to be more durable and age better over time than synthetic fibers, like poly-blends. This is because different fabrics have varying expiration dates, so a blend is only as long-lasting as its parts. However, this isn’t always the case, and, perhaps, a synthetic fabric blend may be better suited for your project. Some synthetic blends have superior elasticity and breathability. So, what kind of fabric you choose depends on your goals.

While several factors influence the quality of t-shirts, four stand out: the fabric used, how a screen-printing method has been applied, and which garment construction best fits your needs. Depending on the desired effect for your final product’s design, it may make sense to go with a more cost-effective fabric if the screen-printing application and ink are particularly well-done. Then again, if the fabric quality doesn’t stand up to constant wear, then it won’t matter how well-made a print may be.

Different kinds of cotton vary in fiber length and in how tightly those fibers are woven. The longer and tighter the fibers are, the longer the fabric will last. Long-lasting quality depends, ultimately, on a fabric’s softness and density rather than its weight.

What are some essential things to keep in mind regarding customized t-shirt quality? Below are some considerations:

  • Understand the durability and breathability of the fabric.
  • Check image quality or embroidered details.
  • Read wash and care directions for t-shirts.
  • Inspect hems, seams, and stitches for missing threads inside and outside of the garment.
  • Count a garment’s stitches – the more stitches; the more time was spent on constructing it.
  • Whether polyester, fleece, cotton or tri-blends, how will the fabric hold up to screen printing?

Here are some considerations on how to choose a t-shirt based on three levels of quality from Clothing Shop Online: