How to decide between Polyester and Cotton

It is crucially important that whether you are going to screen print or embroider your T-shirt & sweatshirts that the appropriate material is chosen. Image incorporated is not a retail outlet; however there are plenty of shops in Glen Allen VA where you can purchase T-shirts & sweatshirts which will meet your logo design requirements.

What is the best material?

Clearly, this will depend on what is required and this means there is no correct answer it is completely subjective. The most common material used in the manufacture of clothing such as T-shirts & sweat shirts are cotton and polyester or a mixture thereof.

As a general rule of thumb if you are looking for a large logo on your garment then screen printing is a better option, especially if you considering a rear print. Within this context, the more polyester a garment contains the more likely the dyes inside the ink are to be absorbed (making the logo appear dull) or migrate within the T-shirt or sweatshirt itself. The simple reason is that natural fibers (such as cotton) are much more able to absorb the colored dye in the ink.

Cotton or polyester

When screen printing on T-shirts & sweatshirts there is a definite trade-off between cotton and polyester. A pure cotton garment is definitely easier to print on to because it is much more absorbent than polyester. Cotton is also durable and comfortable, fitting the wearer very easily. However, because it is a natural fiber it will start to shrink if not washed as per instructions and over time darker colors will begin to fade out of the material.

Polyester is a synthetic polymer fiber which was first developed in the 1970’s. This gives it a big advantage, the properties of the substance can be changed, and in this frame it would be made more absorbent and so will hold on to colored dye readily. In addition modern polyester fibers do not shrink and T-shirts & sweatshirts made with it tend to be less expensive than there cotton counterparts. In addition ultra-modern polyester is able to transport sweat from the skin and through the garment.

The truth is, it really is completely subjective and down to your requirements, both materials have clear advantages and disadvantages. The importance of each is down to individual choice.

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