All textile printing techniques can be used, no matter what is the design or garment. Of course, there are a few limitations for each imprinting method. To respect our client's ideas for the use of the product, we usually make recommendations when choosing the printing technique; we suggest the use of the most efficient and accessible decorating practice for the logo/design that our client desires to print on the apparel.
There are at least 300 types of clothing fabrics in the world, from the ones we counted in catalogs to the ones mentioned on the internet.
Each type of cloth can be decorated. You can think of a design and we will recommend the most suitable printing method. We can print on cotton, polyester, any cotton-polyester blends, Lycra, viscose, microfiber, linen, leather and synthetic leather, satin, canvas, silk, velvet, denim, PVC, recycled PVC fabrics made out of plastic bottles and more.
But it should also be taken into consideration that there can be two different fabrics that we would treat the same and propose one printing method for both; for example screen printing may be done on a cotton t-shirt as well as on a polyester handbag. Or there can be two fabrics that seem to be the same, but we suggest two distinctive printing methods; for example a cotton t-shirt may be imprinted using screen printing, but a glasses case - made out of denim fabric - may not, due to its shape and size; therefore we would use screen transfer or digital transfer.
When the client shows us the logo/design and the sample that he wants to decorate, we automatically include into our calculations the life condition of the product. Is it for long or short term use - what is it meant for?
The choice of textile material is a pretty important aspect. Take for example the distinction between commercial products and promotional products; although both are imprinted at the same high-quality standards, a commercial product may be different in use than the promotional product. One of the main differences between the two types of products is that for one you pay out of your own pocket, and for the other you do not. A commercial product, a t-shirt for example, may be designed using a fabric that is more expensive than a fabric that is used for a promotional product. Another difference can be the types of inks used on the commercial products - glitter or metallic for example - and for the promotional product, the budget may not includ special inks. Ease of mantainance is an important factor for perserving the apparel.
For certain products, if the textile material does not connect well with the desired print, it will not be sold. If the designer does not like how the design looks on the fabric using direct to gament printing, the designer might opt for other printing techniques like screen printing, screen transfer, digital transfer, even embroidery. A product, fabric and printed design, should always be designed to match all the aspects after the selling of the finished product: how does the fabric act when it is washed, how does the fabric act when it is printed in different printing methods, and so on.
It is good to know that one of the effects that might damage the print can be the industrial coloring of the fabric. If the print is not done correctly, the design may be different from what the client desires. For example, if a fabric, which was chemically dyed, is not added a blocker ink, the color from the design may mix with the color from the fabric, and viceversa. If the fabric has been chemically dyed, for example red, and the blocker ink has not been used, a white print may turn pink.
There is the possibility that the printed or embroidered design would stretch or shrank. But sPrint Textile Decorations is always researching new products launched on the market for better understanding printing opportunities. We test new products, textile materials and inks, to create the possibility to print the best designs for our clients.