What is Screen Printing and why is it better than other garment printing techniques?
When you come to Hoodify for a custom-printed hoodie or t-shirt, you want your design to be professionally applied and to last a long time in great condition. How do we manage that? Simple. We screen print.
The most popular methods of applying designs to garments
Aside from embroidery and physically stitching in a design to a material, there’s three main ways of doing it professionally. The first is DTG (Direct To Garment). This sees the item of clothing pass through a printer and have the design printed onto it; not dissimilar to printing on a piece of paper but using specialist inks that soak into the fibres of the material. The second, although used less and less now, is the application of Printed Vinyl. This sees your design printed onto a piece of vinyl that’s then transferred onto the relevant item, normally using heat transference to ‘seal’ it in place. The third, and the method used by Hoodify is Screen Printing. This involves pushing specialist ink through a customised woven mesh stencil directly onto the fabric. Each colour is done separately to allow for as precise detailing as possible, layering up the design until it’s complete. This gives a really bright and bold colour finish – ideal for your team, society, club or university’s picture, design or logo!
What are the differences between the different methods?
Each have their attributes and each are used in various commercial set-ups, but screen printing is considered the best quality – which is exactly why we use it here at Hoodify!
Printed Vinyl is the least popular of the three nowadays, but you probably have a t-shirt or hoodie in your cupboard with it used: ever noticed a peeling around the edges of a design? That’s vinyl, and it often peels and cracks as it ages, particularly after machine washing, which doesn’t make for an ideal everyday garment for most of us.
DTG printing is growing in popularity as large manufacturers buy the specialist printers required and are able to churn out high quantities of garments quickly. This process is used mainly for mass manufacturing; so unfortunately, you’re likely to be spotted wearing the same design as someone else if you opt for DTG! It’s mass-production style means that minimum orders are often quite large so not always ideal to small organisations, teams or societies.
Screen Printing, however, can be done in much smaller quantities and this is what we use here at Hoodify. Layering up the colours gives a bolder and brighter motif, without the risk of peeling or cracking. The colours are not only more vibrant to begin with, but they won’t fade – even after they’ve been in the washing machine! The result is a superior quality garment that lasts for years to come, even with the most frequent of use.
If you think Screen Printing is for you, get in touch with the Hoodify team. We’re more than happy to explain our manufacture process and will always ensure that your design is handled with the utmost of precision and care.