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Hi. I currently have a good embroidery business going, but have been thinking about getting into the printed apparel. I was wondeing if anyone has any opinions on which is better.. DTG Printers or a Screen Printing Set Up? I would like to knwo the pros and cons of both, verstility, ease of use, and space requiremtns? I run my busniness out of my house. Thanks!
 

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While screenprinting is better, DTG takes up a lot less space. Despite being a screenprinter, I would think DTG would be a better fit with embroidery (and outsourcing screenprinting where appropriate).
 

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But I guess my question is, what makes screen printing better than DTG? I have sampled a few DTGs and the print quality is really good, and I think that the softness of the shirt after printing would be a bonus to the customer? What makes screen printing better?
 

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I have sampled a few DTGs and the print quality is really good, and I think that the softness of the shirt after printing would be a bonus to the customer?
The print will be soft either way if you use the right inks.

What makes screen printing better?
Off the top of my head, there's specialist inks, larger print sizes, placement flexibility, arguably better quality, spot colour, non-ink processes (e.g. foil, flock), cheaper ink, faster output, cheaper equipment investment, and reliability (of ink and equipment).
 

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I don't think the fact that screen printing is better quality than dtg is arguable.

DTG will fade. Plastisol silkscreening will not.

The other main factor is cost. $15-20,000 for DTG Vs $2-5,000 for a decent silkscreen setup.
 
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