T-SHIRT PRINTING MADE EASY
The most commonly used printing on t-shirts is screen printing. For the screen-printing process positives must be prepared, silk screens must be manufactured and then set-up manually. This is a labour intensive and time-consuming process and therefore costlier when lower quantities are printed but more economical in larger quantities.
Our minimum order quantities for t-shirts to be silk screened is 20 shirts with designs with up to two colours, and 50 shirts if the design has three or more colours. The biggest advantage of silk screen printing is that the ink penetrates the material and is then treated with a heat process, this process ensures an extended lifecycle for your print.
We use three types of methods for T-Shirt printing:
- Screen Printing
- Video Flex printing
- Digital printing
In addition to printing T-Shirts, we also offer T-Shirts at affordable prices. For more information on our variety and our printing methods, please read on.
Our printing is not limited to T-shirts and golf shirts, we also print on all kinds of materials. We have a catalogue of standard promotional shirts, as well as corporate shirts available. If you require a quote on any of our shirts, simply supply us with the unique product code in our catalogue together with the colour you require and the units per size and we will forward a quotation to you. Send your quotation request to our email HERE.
To view the products in our catalogue please click on one of these links: Golf Shirts or T-Shirts.
THE QUALITY OF OUR T-SHIRTS
The first step in printing T-shirts, is choosing the colour and quality of the T-shirts you want to use.
It is a common mistake to assume that the thickness or weight of a T-shirt dictates its quality. The weight of T-shirt material is measured according to the grams per m2 of the material. This is usually between 135 grams and 200 grams. As an example, a 145-gram T-shirt is not necessarily of a better quality than a 170-gram T-shirt. A T-shirt that is categorised as a 145-gram, pre-shrunk, 100% cotton with interlock weaving will appear neater and hold its shape for longer than a 180g carded cotton T-shirt.
Carded cotton is usually made from a lower grade material and is mass produced. The colouring process in the production of these T-shirts is of a lower quality and has the tendency to fade after prolonged wash-and-wear. Even so, these lower grade shirts remain popular because of the competitive market and client budget constraints.
Coming and carding are two ways of preparing the raw fibres for spinning yarn. In order to make yarn, raw fibre must go through an alignment process. Here are some of the differences between carded and combed yarn:
- Carding the fibres creates a somewhat woollier yarn because the alignment process is not as meticulous.
- Combing creates an evener yarn because this process aligns the fibres better. The combing process is more expensive because it allows for more wastage during the process.
As a rule, we only supply 100% cotton T-shirts unless you request otherwise.
You are most welcome to supply your own T-shirts for printing.
*Please note that dark coloured T-shirts are usually more expensive to print on than lighter or white T-shirts.