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Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

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In this day in age, there are three popular methods for printing onto t-shirts.
Published by webtrekker
February 26th, 2018
I think you need to do a lot more research before providing this type of advice.

Have you ever used any of the above methods yourself?
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Old February 26th, 2018 Feb 26, 2018 4:14:52 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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I would think the most commonly used method would be screen printing. But some of the pros & cons you provided are not as accurate.
 
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Old February 26th, 2018 Feb 26, 2018 9:08:01 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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i like how the cheapest method for equipment is the one that has 'large upfront investment'

my guess is they are a t-shirt manufacturer, not a decorator
 
Old February 27th, 2018 Feb 27, 2018 7:04:21 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Old February 28th, 2018 Feb 28, 2018 10:46:43 AM -   #4 (permalink)
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Do-it-yourself approach means additional time input from yourself.
That's true of all three methods.
 
Old March 2nd, 2018 Mar 2, 2018 5:47:51 AM -   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

The question is similar to someone asking "What is the right motor vehicle for you?"

Some people drive a Kia Soul and others are going to need a full size F350 pickup.

Just like with vehicles, the decision on which of the printing options comes down to what you want to accomplish.

Are you looking to go into a full time, full service operation with large volumes? If so, the only answer is screen printing. Are you looking to do small orders and focus on the business that (most) others don't want to deal with (plus individual online sales)? Then the answer is digital heat press. And, if you're planning to go retail and will have a decent foot traffic, selling one off items in-person, DTG can work great.

All three have pros and cons .... but the pros and cons of each relate pretty much only to the purpose for which you're using them.

SO ......

Decide what you want to do and where you want to take your business and "then" make your decision on what process you want to pursue.

(Personally, I made the decision to focus on short runs, usually between 1 and 24 (that the screen printers don't want to screw with) and online sales through Etsy......and do it all out of backroom at the house on a part time basis. For that, the "only" answer is digital and it's worked great for me. I'm operating at a 30% net profit margin, have had tons of repeat business and a growth rate of nearly 30% per year (without any marketing whatsoever) from word-of-mouth. Had zero interest in pursuing Screen Printing - way too much investment and hard work .... and DTG is a PITA if you're not going to be using it all the time).
 
Old March 17th, 2018 Mar 17, 2018 1:50:15 AM -   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

In my opinion, Screen T-shirt printing is best method.
 
Old June 15th, 2018 Jun 15, 2018 11:47:06 PM -   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

As per my viewpoint,none of the method is right or wrong.All depend on implementing in right place.
Screen printing is best for bulk ordering and long lasting fabric.
DTG printing works well when customer wants custom t-shirts with multi color complex design.It is feasible for small quantity orders.
 
Old June 18th, 2018 Jun 18, 2018 10:51:40 PM -   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

Following types of T-Shirt Printing Method. All the methods have their benefits and pitfalls.

1) screen printing: When it comes to printing t-shirts, screen printing is one of the most popularly used methods. It also provides consistent printing and long lasting imprints.

2) Heat transfer printing: Heat transfer might prove to be a traditional method for handing a t-shirt printing business.

3) Direct-to-garment printing: It can print multiple coloured images directly on the t-shirts with perfection.

4) Embroidered printing: Polo t-shirts are printed using this method. Embroidery printing is also used to create corporate t-shirts.
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Old June 19th, 2018 Jun 19, 2018 7:48:02 AM -   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

Each technology has its own niche market for efficiency. It is wise to pick your technology for the market you want to supply.

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Old July 26th, 2018 Jul 26, 2018 1:40:22 AM -   #10 (permalink)
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it was a nice article i am trying to make a name of my online company in T shirt manufacturing and this article was a lot of help
 
Old July 31st, 2018 Jul 31, 2018 9:00:50 PM -   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

DTG and Heat Transfer are good for decorating and low volume runs.
 
Old July 19th, 2019 Jul 19, 2019 6:08:48 AM -   #12 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

This post is a great post and you have should be proud for this;
Consumers need to evaluate there purchases by the volume of shirts they expect to make per day, the type of designs, and the material they are going to print onto. They need to look at the cost of the equipment and how many shirts they need to make to pay for the investment. They should also evaluate how many other substrates this investment can be used for.
Example a DTG printer that cost between $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 is not a good investment if you are only using it to make a few shirts a day with it. If you apply one dollar to the cost of the equipment you need to make 15, to 20,000 shirts to pay off your investment.
If you purchase a simple ink jet printer for a couple of hundred dollars to make the same amount of shirts per day your investment is paid off in far less time.
This is an excellent post and maybe the lack of doing a good evaluation prior to making your purchases there wouldn,t be so many posts after consumers purchase there equipment complaining the cost of white ink or the cost of additional software to save on ink costs.
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Old July 29th, 2019 Jul 29, 2019 7:00:12 AM -   #13 (permalink)
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funny how with screen printing you "can only print simple images and designs" i strongly disagree with this one.
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Old November 27th, 2019 Nov 27, 2019 9:17:20 AM -   #14 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You?

I believe there are other methods that have been left out.

Someone pointed out embroidery.

There is dye sublimation now along with vinyl cutting although the vinyl could be lumped in with the heat press category.
 






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