What can you print with DTG?

In DTG printing, 100 percent ring-spun cotton is your best friend. Among these garments, some will print better than others. You need a tight weave and smooth fabric surface for the best finished print. Experimentation with new brands and styles is a must.

You are not completely limited to 100 percent cotton, however – it’s difficult to find hoodies in a range of colors that are 100 percent cotton. But a higher cotton content garment such as a 90 percent cotton/10 percent polyester, or 80 percent cotton/20 percent polyester will give you a fully acceptable print. Going down to a 50/50 blend will likely produce a garment that you won’t be comfortable providing to your customer.

-Terry Combs, Equipment Zone

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One hundred percent ring-spun cotton shirts tend to produce the highest quality printed images, as exemplified by the image above. (Image courtesy of Epson)

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Terry Combs

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Terry Combs is a 40+ year veteran of the garment printing industry and has managed production shops large and small across the United States. He has written hundreds of management and technical articles for garment printing publications and spoken at industry events worldwide. He is currently in sales and training with Equipment Zone.

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