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What is your checklist for buying blank t-shirts?

I buy unbranded cheap t-shirts.
Still, I follow this checklist, pls. add points or correct me where i'm wrong.

1. GSM - I try to go for higher GSM t-shirts. Arnd 170 GSM or more.
I think there is no precise way of calculating the GSM unless i cut a GSM circle in the t-shirt, so have to believe what the supplier tells me.

Plus, I hold them against the light, to compare the amount of transparency.

2. Dye fastness + shrinking - For dark colors, the color bleeds a little and most cotton t-shirts shrink.
So, i'm not sure how to verify this, unless i take samples and wash them myself. Bit difficult considering there are loads of suppliers. Would have to accumulate tonnes of samples, and waste quite a bit of money. Again, I have to blindly agree with what the supplier says.

3. Stitch density / yarn count - I closely compare the stitch density and choose the ones with a higher one. Assuming the higher the stitch density, the finer the yarn count and softness.
(this can be verified using a scaled magnifying glass, which i'm going to get soon)

4. Brightness of colors - I go for deeper and brighter shades and check for dyeing evenness. (bad quality dyeing has many spots of white on closer examination)

5. Stitching - I check the stitching all around and make sure none of the threads are loose or the stitching is wayward.

Anything else i missed?
 

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My checklist for buying blanks......I order gildan 6.1 oz tees online then in an hour I go pick them up. I print promotional tees for businesses, all that you mentioned is just too much for me to even be bothered with. If you have to go through all that to buy blanks I suggest you get your blanks from a more reliable source.

If I get a bad shirt, I return it and get another one. Why go through all of that?
 

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What is your checklist for buying blank t-shirts?

I buy unbranded cheap t-shirts.
Still, I follow this checklist, pls. add points or correct me where i'm wrong.

1. GSM - I try to go for higher GSM t-shirts. Arnd 170 GSM or more.
I think there is no precise way of calculating the GSM unless i cut a GSM circle in the t-shirt, so have to believe what the supplier tells me.
it is the popular way to inspect the fabric weight. Many stores sell this kind of digital machine, cut a round hole in the fabric, and weigh it, get the anwser.

Plus, I hold them against the light, to compare the amount of transparency.
lighter gsm, more transparent, the transparency has relation with with the color, dark color will not be transparent like light color based on same fabric weight.

2. Dye fastness + shrinking - For dark colors, the color bleeds a little and most cotton t-shirts shrink.
So, i'm not sure how to verify this, unless i take samples and wash them myself. Bit difficult considering there are loads of suppliers. Would have to accumulate tonnes of samples, and waste quite a bit of money. Again, I have to blindly agree with what the supplier says.

wash in water is a best way to inspect the color fastness, some fade, some not, we called it wet rub color fastness, Another way is to rub the fabric in a white paper, to see any bleeding on that, called dry rub color fastness. Like you said, most of cotton materials is shrunk, just to check how much percentage to shrink? our factory check the shrinkage by cutting the fabric out in square shape about 20" x 20", to iron the fabric in high heat steam, and measure up how many inches was short of? then you will know the shrinkage of warp and woof. There are many different ways to inspect it, it is one of we use mostly.

3. Stitch density / yarn count - I closely compare the stitch density and choose the ones with a higher one. Assuming the higher the stitch density, the finer the yarn count and softness.
(this can be verified using a scaled magnifying glass, which i'm going to get soon)

see them in your eyes, touch them in your hands. See if any miss yarns, color spot, thread head, dirty or crease mark...; Feel it with your hands to check if they touch soft, comfortable as you think the fabric should be. Right selection to fabric materials is very important.

4. Brightness of colors - I go for deeper and brighter shades and check for dyeing evenness. (bad quality dyeing has many spots of white on closer examination)
You are right!

5. Stitching - I check the stitching all around and make sure none of the threads are loose or the stitching is wayward.
It is correct, any missing needle, or long thread end without clean.

Anything else i missed?
Many t-shirts with the collar or sleeve cuff made from rib material, there are different rib quality, in different density weaven such as 1x1, 2x2, in different materials, such as cotton, lycra, spandex,most used material is 95%cotton,5%lycra, 1x1 durable rib. their durable performance will be different too, many t-shirt broken or out of shape from their rib at first, so we do think choose right rib is priority thing to get a quality t-shirt.

Hi Sanket,

Thanks for your great post, actually, the checklist you have post is very professional, most of manufacturers did the same procedure like your checklist. I made some supplements to your original post above.

Thanks.

Bill
 

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@ Taricp - The market is quite price competitive in India for promotional tees and other bulk orders. Any blank t-shirt supplier that sells certified qualities charges higher prices, so need to go for the unbranded t-shirts or cheaper brands.
But those t-shirts are frequently passed off without quality checks or guarantees.
Hence, I need myself to be the best judge and make the right choice.

@ Bill - Thanks for your inputs, shall keep them in mind.

I Forgot to add the burn test to check fabric composition, whether it's synthetic or artificial. (this can be checked by burning a bit of the fabric in the inner seams)
Synthetic materials like Polyester / Nylon burn with dark/grey smoke. Most importantly, the residue shrinks into a bead and becomes hard to touch.
Natural / Artificial materials like cotton / rayon / linen (possibly bamboo also) leave behind a soft black residue, something similar to burning paper.
Animal yarns like silk burn with the smell of burning hair (and i think the residue is soft)
There are ways by which you can find out exactly what kind of yarn is used and you're not being overcharged, which require burning a bigger piece and checking things such as smoke color, smoke smell, rate/manner of burning, residue appearance & feel, which i can post later if anyone needs information this specific.
Blends: I think it's impossible to find out exact %age unless it's lab tested, especially if spun yarn is used.
 

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Hi Sanket,

I'm looking at targeting the souvenir t-shirt segment in India which still suffers from quality and taste.

Your post is very informative - would u recommend blank tee wholesalers in india.. preferable around Mumbai. Thanks
 
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