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The Dummies Guide to T-Shirts

Differences in Fabric

A lot of people don’t even think about the different types of t-shirt fabrics available. If you’re not well versed in fabric choices you might just assume a t-shirt is a t-shirt is a t-shirt. It’s not true. Cheap t-shirts are typically made of either really thin or really thick fabric. However, high quality t-shirts are actually going to be on thinner, softer side because of ring spun cotton, but they have a heavier feel to the touch. The thin t-shirts we’re talking about are thin because they are cheaply woven. Cheap, thin shirts can also be transparent which is not going to be popular with women. Thick, cheap shirts are typically tubular meaning they do not have side seams and are more likely to lose their shape after washing. So look for shirts with side seams. This is usually a sign of a better constructed tee overall.

Shrinkage

We’ve all had it happen. You buy a t-shirt because you love it, but once it’s washed a few times, it’s either too short or too tight. Before you pick a t-shirt product, check the label to understand what type of material it’s made of and if it’s been preshrunk. Preshrunk material is more likely to remain true to size. 100% cotton is an American staple but since cotton is a plant fiber, it has a tendency to shrink when exposed to heat. If you’re concerned about shrinkage, wash only in cold water and lay flat to dry. This will also extend the life of your t-shirt and the print. A poly blend fabric is unlikely to shrink and in many cases can be softer and more durable than 100% cotton. However when applying decoration such as digital print embellishment, cotton tees are the best because of the fibers ability to absorb.

Customer Supplied Goods

Being in the screen printing industry for decades, we understand there may be opportunities to purchase bulk t-shirts at steep discounts. While it may seem like a bargain, if you intend to embellish with print, you may not be able to. The best t-shirt printers have a lot of knowledge concerning printability. Not all retail shirts are intended to be embellished by screen printing or digital printing methods. When in doubt, contact us prior to purchase to understand the risks of the t-shirt product you intend to buy.

Sustainable T-Shirts and Printing

You want to do right by the environment and live a greener life. We do too. You may think that sustainable t-shirts are too expensive but we actually offer two great options. Check out the Hanes ComfortBlend EcoSmart T-Shirt which is definitely on the affordable side, plus the Alternative Apparel Organic Cotton Basic Crew which is a bit more expensive but a popular brand. Our sustainable products require a minimum order of 6 t-shirts.

When to Choose Screen Print or Digital Print

Being in the screen printing industry for decades, we understand there may be opportunities to purchase bulk t-shirts at steep discounts. While it may seem like a bargain, if you intend to embellish with print, you may not be able to. The best t-shirt printers have a lot of knowledge concerning printability. Not all retail shirts are intended to be embellished by screen printing or digital printing methods. When in doubt, contact us prior to purchase to understand the risks of the t-shirt product you intend to buy.

Create A Shirt for Halloween

Not all costumes are created equal, that’s because most people just buy a premade costume rather than go to the trouble of coming up with something unique. That’s not you. You’re a ferocious fan of one-of-a-kind. You’re a solitary genius of the uncommon. You’re unequalled and highly discriminating. Wal-Mart is no place for you. Design A Shirt is the way to go to realize your exceptionally creative idea.

Even if you’re not completely up to the task of designing, you can upload graphics to show the world your wit and style. And with cheap, no minimum t-shirt products available, your creative juices won’t dry up when you see the final cost. With free shipping, it’s tough to find an alternative that works so well.

Check out some of the recent designs our intelligent and clever customers have come up in their quest to create a shirt for Halloween!

Strangers have the best candy

A humorous play on the old warning, we’re just kidding, strangers with candy are always suspect.

I was undead before it was cool

The wildly popular series, The Walking Dead has made zombies ultra-cool.

Casper, the timid ghost

No one ever said you’re going to be self-assured on the other side.

The Pink Ladies get a t-shirt makeover

Any fan of Grease would recognize these names.

It's just hocus pocus

This early 90's film is a Halloween favorite. We love you Bette!

Wicked Witch Brew

Witches make the best home brew. They're the original craft brewers!

7 Things Your Competitors Know About T-shirts

Competition for customer loyalty and brand awareness is fierce and marketers understand the importance of building a long lasting rapport with clients. But marketers are also hammered with solutions that are supposed to build this rapport primarily through digital means. Serving up the last item they had in their cart, reminder emails, popups, and building their customer persona. All of these methods are certainly valid in an ecommerce, digital world but some marketing that may seem “old hat” has made an epic resurgence.

Everywhere you go you hear about famous people designing t-shirts, t-shirts for a cause, t-shirts for fundraising and t-shirt giveaways. Do you wonder why this trend is so prevalent? People love t-shirts! It’s practically impossible to have too many since it’s such a versatile garment. What your competitors know about t-shirts is that if they are well designed with quality printing on a quality t-shirt product, they can do the talking for your service or product.

Some t-shirts are even considered highly coveted merchandise even if you’re marketing a service such as auto repair or landscaping. Here’s what your competitors know about t-shirts as a marketing and brand loyalty building tool.

  1. It’s all in the design or motto

    Have a professional graphic artist design your t-shirt. Come up with mottos or slogans that will appeal to your target demographic. Customers are much more likely to value and wear a t-shirt that resonates emotionally or professionally with their identity.

  2. Choose a t-shirt product you would want to wear

    How do you feel about a cheaply made product? Cheap gifts rarely illicit positive feelings. If you’re going to give something away, consider if you want your brand associated with a flimsy, off brand and poorly printed t-shirt. Go with the quality, it is surprisingly less than what you might think.
  3. Keep the t-shirt color unisex unless you have both masculine and feminine versions

    Green, blue, red, grey, black, and white are all fine choices for unisex. Moving towards teals, peaches, and pinks may leave your male customers feeling a little left out unless you have a gauge on your male customer’s receptivity.
  4. Order in bulk to get the best discount

    Screen printing t-shirts in bulk can bring the price per t-shirt down dramatically. Always consider how many t-shirts you’re planning to order when researching pricing. If you get a quote on just one, you’re true price for a bulk order will not be reflected and may seem quite expensive. Our most significant price breaks are at 12, 36, 72, 144, and 300. You’ll see price breaks at all ascending increments; those are simply the biggest jumps.
  5. Design with few colors to keep the print cost down
    Fewer colors mean less time printing and require fewer screens to be burned. If your designs simply must feature many colors, be prepared to pay more. Some great designs simply cannot be simplified for the sake of saving money.
  6. Don’t just use your logo unless your Google or Apple – make it about the customer


    This is a tough one for many marketers to understand, especially when you’re also trying to explain this to your CEO. People typically don’t proudly wear logos unless your company is somewhat of a “rock star” in its industry. Try to consider the end user and what about your company mirrors their ideals.

  7. Hype up the giveaway
    Make your branded t-shirt a coveted item by rewarding consumers with a gift of it. You can hold a contest, offer it as perk for referrals, give it away to the first 50 customer to purchase a specific product or service, or as a loyalty gift for your most valuable customers.

7 things Spock would say about T-Shirts

Via Richard,I shall do neither Creative Commons License

The passing of Leonard Nimoy this past February sparked a flood of web pages memorializing famous quotes from his days playing the legendary Spock on Star Trek. We want to introduce a new angle. Things Spock would say on the subject of t-shirts, t-shirt design ideast-shirt design ideas and screen printing. Here’s our custom t-shirt focused spin on time honored quotes that any true Trekkie will remember.

On sarcastic t-shirts - “Insults are effective only where emotion is present.”

On bulk screen printing orders - “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”

On Best T-Shirt Design Ideas - “Creativity is necessary for the health of the body.”

On Political T-Shirts - “To expect sense from two mentalities of such extreme viewpoints is not logical.”

On Social Media T-Shirts - “Without followers, evil cannot spread.”

On Inspirational T-Shirts - “Change is the essential process of all existence.”

On T-Shirts for Dog Lovers - “Beauty is transitory.”

On Geek T-Shirts - "Computer, compute to the last digit the value of pi."

Via Culture Culte,Star Trek Spock Creative Commons License

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy, we will miss you.