Comparison of different custom printing techniques?

What is the difference between screen printing and textile printing? What is the difference between embroidery and textile transfer? Should you embroider or screen print a t-shirt? Is it possible to print a cotton sweatshirt to customize? To answer all these questions, we have created this comparison page. Based on objective criteria such as durability, touch, visual appearance and cost of each personalization technique, we evaluated embroidery, screen printing, printing and textile transfer. As we are experts of custom shirt printing in Dallas so we have well explained the comparison between different printing techniques,

To facilitate the perception of the differences between the four textile marking techniques , we have made these customizations on the same personalized t-shirt : the Stanley/Stella Selects. And we chose to print the same logo on the textiles.

 – Embroidery on textiles  

Embroidery is the most noble textile personalization technique. It sublimates all the textiles selected by its precision and its faithful rendering of the colors of the visuals.

The relief given by the thickness of the threads as well as the quality of the colors sublimates the textile. It is not insignificant that the biggest ready-to-wear brands trust this technique for their personalization. 

  • The touch of textile embroidery

On the touch, embroidery is also the benchmark textile personalization technique. The 3D impression offered by the embroidery is pleasant to the touch and reinforces the qualitative dimension of personalization.

  • The sustainability of textile embroidery

Our state-of-the-art embroidery machines ensure work of incredible robustness and reliability. Except accidental hitch during the use of the textile, this technique of textile personalization is indestructible.

  • The cost of textile embroidery

Quality at a price. If it is a little more expensive than other textile personalization techniques, it is still affordable for large quantities. 

  • The application of textile embroidery

Embroidery can be applied to almost any textile. On the other hand, on certain very fine textiles, it is possible that the large embroidery format weakens the personalized embroidered textile . The MAINGAUCHE teams will give you the best advice. 

2 – Screen printing on textiles

Textile screen printing is the marking technique par excellence. Ideal and economical for quality rendering on large series of prints. It is all the more interesting for logos with one or two colors with very affordable prices.

  • The visual aspect of textile screen printing

Screen printing on textiles to be personalized is a good compromise between top of the range and quantity. Its grain and sharpness give a pleasant visual aspect from afar and up close. Ideal for fashion brands that are embarking on mass production, screen printing will perfectly transcribe the colors of the logos.

  • The feel of textile screen printing

The grain of the screen printing offers a pleasant and solid touch without giving a “cardboard” effect to the area of ​​the personalized textile.

  • The durability of textile screen printing

The ink used for screen printing allows us to guarantee our customizations without alteration for almost a year. Depending on the use, it is possible to significantly increase this lifespan. For the same use, the embroidery will last longer, but the screen printing will be more resistant than a four-color print, for example.

  • The cost of textile screen printing

Already very affordable, it becomes even more economical depending on the number of logo colors and the quantity. 

  • The application of textile screen printing

Screen printing is ideal for tight-knit textiles, such as cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts, or thick textiles. Since the screen printing process involves passage through a heating tunnel, screen printing is only rarely applied to polyester textiles, for example. The MAINGAUCHE teams will give you the best advice to find the right textile/screen printing combination.

3 – Flocking / transfer on textile

It is the ideal personalization technique for complex areas such as sleeves, collars or label areas, the transfer allows great flexibility. It is possible to transfer vinyl film (often called flocking) or ink onto the textile using a process similar to screen printing.

  • The visual aspect of a textile transfer / flocking

Flocking or textile transfer offers a very clean visual appearance at the correct distance. Getting closer, there are some roughness due to the material allowing the transfer. It approximates the look of numbers on sports team jerseys.

  • The touch of a textile transfer / flocking

Smooth and pleasant to the touch, the flocking / textile transfer can, depending on the size of the visual, present a “cardboard” effect on the area of ​​the personalized textile.

  • The durability of a textile transfer / flocking

Flocking or textile transfer is not the textile marking technique that offers the longest durability. It is possible to see areas appear over time that peel off or even an evolution of the colors of certain markings. For identical use, flocking will have a shorter lifespan than screen printing and embroidery.

  • The cost of a textile transfer / flocking

For flocking, ideal for nicknames, customizations for sports teams, the price is fixed: 5 euros, per customization regardless of size. 

  • The application of a textile transfer / flocking

Flocking is the ideal personalization technique for individual customizations. It lends itself perfectly to polyester materials and in hard-to-reach areas. The transfer will apply to areas that do not exceed 36cm. This technique is recommended for sleeves, for example. The MAINGAUCHE teams will give you the best advice to find the right textile/transfer combination.

4 – Digital printing on textiles

Imagine a larger desktop printer with t-shirts instead of sheets of paper. This textile marking technique makes it possible to print logos in gradients or with a lot of detail.

  • The visual aspect of a digital textile print

Digital textile printing offers a very different visual aspect depending on the viewing distance. Up close, digital printing does not offer the same standards as other textile marking methods. When worn, printed textiles do not have to be ashamed of the comparison with other personalization techniques.

  • The touch of a digital textile print

Digital printing is a technique that allows a rendering without relief. The ink deposited on the fabric penetrates into the fibers allowing a very smooth touch and a very pleasant appearance.

  • The durability of digital textile printing

Textile printing is a marking technique that offers a long life . Beware, however, of color changes in the event of washing that does not respect the recommended conditions.  

  • The cost of digital textile printing

This textile marking technique makes it possible to print complex logos and/or with color gradients, for a very good quality rendering on light-colored textiles. 

  • The application of digital printing on textiles

This is the perfect printing technique for patterns with many colors or gradients on light textiles (100% cotton). Printing on dark substrates is not yet perfected, the rendering is insufficient, the hold is not guaranteed and the unit cost is too high. The MAINGAUCHE teams will give you the best advice to find the right textile/transfer combination.


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