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Different Shirt Materials To Screen Print On

When choosing a t-shirt, most people focus on two things: aesthetic elements (colors, design, etc.), and wearability/how it feels when you have it on. Secondary, if thought of at all, is what your t-shirt is made out of. Sure, there are those of us who want use recycled materials to reduce our carbon footprint, or those who may need to restrict what materials they have on their skin for allergy purposes (I'm not saying it's a large demographic, but it certainly must exist), but do most of us really pay attention to what our shirts can be made out of unless Michael Jordan is explicitly laying it out for us on a Hanes commercial? With that in mind, allow me to educate you on a few of the different materials your shirts can be comprised of.

  1. Cotton – This is by far the most popular fabric, and more than likely the one the large majority of shirts you own are made out of. It's been around almost as long as civilization itself, and its usefulness does not end at clothing production. Textiles, fishing nets, coffee filters, tents, paper, and even fire hoses are now or have at one time been made using cotton or cotton byproducts.
  2. Rayon – Rayon is a man-made fiber comprised of trees, cotton, and woody plants. This fabric is smooth, but is also prone to wrinkling. Rayon is also used in carpet, surgical dressings, and tire cords.
  3. Polyester – Polyester is another man-made fabric that has a wide array of uses in everything from computer mouse mats to LCD screens (and yes, t-shirts). Garments made from this material offer increased wrinkle resistance and durability as compared to natural fabrics, but are not as breathable.
  4. Linen – Linen is a fabric made from the flax plant, whose seeds and oils you have probably seen in your local health food store. One cool thing about shirts made from linen is that they will actually get softer every time you wash them. Be sure to fold them right out of the dryer though, because linen is very prone to wrinkling.
  5. Pima – Okay, so pima is actually cotton. That said, it is cotton of the utmost quality with extra long fibers. Pima is known for its resistance to fading and stretching, as well as getting softer with wear.

Screen Printing Specials!

50 T-Shirts for $300 - Purchase any combo of Gildan 5000 t-shirts, any color colors and sizes from Small to X-Large. 1-2 Color Prints front or back, 50 cents for each extra color. +$2 for American Apparel Brands.


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