Printing Do's & Dont's


Printing Differences on Various Fabrics

Throughout the years screen printing has made many advancements with higher mesh count screens and specialty presses to help with creating detailed shirts. Although we are capable of such detail, there are garments that will not show detail as well as others. Here at Northern Screen Printing we are continuously printing on various type of fabrics, why not let us help you select the appropriate garment for your project.

Note: This is the print differences.


Printing Over Seams, Pockets or Zippers

For us to give the customer the best quality print when screen printing, we need as flat of a surface as possible on the board where your garments lay and the screen,which is what holds your design, meets. When printing on the fronts and backs of shirt the thickness is the same throughout the full print and the ink flows smoothly across the screen when applying your design. However, when you print over a seam, pocket or zipper, there is a difference in thickness and when printing over these you create a gap in the print where ink is not applied.


When Printing On Ribbed Garments

Although we are able to print on all garments, there are many differences in a print depending on the fabric. For instance, ribbed garments provides a form fitting wear and stretched to meet the size of the individual wearing the item. While this can be a desired garment for a customer, it makes printing on them problematic. When pulling the ribbed garment onto the press boards, depending on size, it will stretch to meet the boards form, so the ink only goes on the top of the ribs. This will create the print to to squeeze back with the original form of the shirt when pulled off (deforming the image) or it will leave areas on the shirt without ink, exposing gaps between the ribs. Applying more pressure can help, but that does limit the detail to your garment.

Note: This is a print example of ribbed garments