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Screen Printing on Tricky Fabrics

Easy-to-follow tips for getting the best results on cotton, polyester, tri-blends and more

Author: Lindsay Merwald/Friday, March 8, 2019/Categories: Industry News - Textile

(Quoted from James Ortolani and Impressions Magazine. Full article here.)

I recently visited Pittsburg, Kansas-based Wilbert Screen Printing to talk with owner Bill Wilbert, and we ended up reminiscing about he 1960s when he had to go to the department stores to buy T-Shirts for his business since there were no wholesalers from which to buy. 

"My wife and I would buy all the T-Shirts on the display table and when we got back to our shop, we would unwrap hundreds of plastic packages before we could start screen printing," he recalled. 

Think about that; Wilbert's biggest challenge at the time was getting cotton T-shirts. Fast-forward to 2019 and we have an abundance of garment suppliers, and the biggest challenge for today's screen printers is learning how to print on materials like 50/50 blends, tri-blends, 100% polyester, performancewear and more. 


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