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Best Blank T-shirts for Screen printing, DTG, and Sublimation

By: Diana Posted on: Jun 15, 2022
T-shirt customization is all about producing high-quality products that satisfy, and hopefully surpass your client’s expectations. However, your t-shirt choice can make or break a customization project. 
Not sure which t-shirts can be relied on for the top print quality? Get the best results every time with these top recommended tees for screen printing, DTG, and sublimation.

Screen Printing 

Screen printing is an apparel decoration method in which the designs are created on the garment by pushing the ink through a stencil. However, unlike most ink-based technologies, the ink doesn’t get absorbed by the fabric, but rather stays on the surface. The customized t-shirt is also cured in a dryer for making the print durable. 

There are a lot of factors to consider before you select a t-shirt for screen printing with your custom design or logo: the quality, the price, fabric, color options, and fit are just a few of them. However, one of the biggest factors will be the heat sensitivity of the product. As 100% polyester, polyester blends, pigment-dyed fabrics, and neon colors are heat sensitive they cannot withstand temperature levels over 320 degrees without risking shrinkage or staining. So don't forget to control the heat using cooling stations. 

If you want to dive right into the screen printing project without being bothered by the nitty-gritty, the amazing t-shirt styles given below are reliable choices!

Anvil Lightweight T-Shirt 980

This short-sleeve men’s tee from Anvil comes in a variety of bright colors that keep up with the day's trends. As even the heather colors have less than 10% polyester, your screen printing projects on these ringspun cotton tees will be assuredly effortless. Featuring a semi-fitted tubular construction, this one-piece tee without side seams is an unbeatable choice if you want to go for all-over printing. 

Bella+Canvas 3001 classic unisex t-shirt

A crowd favorite, the Bella + Canvas 3001 Jersey Tee, featuring the flawless blend of weight, comfort, and fit for both genders, is a reliable choice for screen printing. Made with 100% combed ringspun cotton, this short-sleeve t-shirt provides you ample room to unleash your designs. With side seams, shoulder tapings, and a retail fit, the BC3001 available in over 60 stunning colors to choose from won't let you down.

Gildan 2000

Weighing 6 oz. this Gildan tee leaning towards the heavier end offers comfort and durability at affordable pricing. Available in 62 fabulous colors - with solid hues made from 100% cotton and heather from 50/50 polyester blends - this tee is perfect for printing everything from uniforms to day-to-day casuals.  

Direct to Garment 

DTG Printing is an apparel customization method where the ink is directly applied to the fabric. The method is often compared with that of printing on paper using an inkjet printer. The digital design is fed to the printer using a computer, and the printer transfers the digital image onto the blank apparel by spraying water-based ink onto the surface. This technology has gained a lot of popularity because of its ease in printing full-color designs.

With DTG, the more consistent texture of the tee, the better your print will turn out.  This means the quality of the transfer gets more reliable as you get close to 100% cotton. Ring-Spun cotton in particular is a great choice with its closer-knit giving the ink more surface to stick to the garment. However, anything that contains at least 50-60% of cotton is a green light.

District Perfect Tri DM130DTG

The District Perfect Tri DTG Tee is one of the few t-shirt styles that's come pre-treated and optimized for direct-to-garment printing. The advanced technology, unmatched softness, and affordability of this tri-blend tee will make your DTG printing faster, cleaner, and economical

American Apparel 2001W

American Apparel American Apparel is one of the best quality ringspun t-shirts. Offering shoulder-to-shoulder taping and a classic fit, this 30 singles cotton t-shirt is a solid choice for DTG printing.

Port & Company Fan Favorite Tee PC450