What You Need to Know about Print on Demand Clothing – Fabric

by | Sep 3, 2021 | Marketing Tips

Fabrics for print on demand clothing

There are many types of  clothing materials, which are quite complex, and involve specialized knowledge of clothing materials. How to choose clothing materials and how to use their characteristics to create ideal works is a subject that a custom clothing designer needs to study, and also what you need to know for print on demand clothing. Let’s quickly view the detailed introduction of various fabrics, and find the best-recommended one for your print on demand clothing.Generally, the fibers can be sorted into:

  • Natural fiber
  • Manufactured fiber
The well-known fiber materials can be roughly divided into several categories: cotton, linen, wool, silk, rayon, nylon, and so on.

1. Cotton fabric


Cotton is a plant fiber.

The main cotton-producing countries are the United States, China, Brazil, and India.

Characteristics of cotton

When cotton meets water, its strength will not be reduced, but increased by 10%, which establishes the advantage that cotton can be washed with water.

Pros of cotton

  1. Good touch.
  2. It has strong moisture absorption and dries quickly; (cotton has also become the first choice for summer clothing fabrics).
  3. Easy to decontaminate.

Cons of cotton

  1. Cotton clothing will fade with time.
  2. Cotton shrinks in hot water.
  3. Cotton garments wrinkle easily.

2. Linen (Flax) fabric

Some cloth made from linen
Linen is a plant fiber.

The main producers of Linen materials are Russia, China, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and France.

Outside the two continents, only a handful of countries such as Egypt, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina grow Linen for fiber.

Characteristics of Linen

It is soft, and the length is usually about 2″- 36″, so the fabric can be very thin, and it will not fluff, and there is no problem with static electricity.

Pros of Linen

  1. Linen is more hygroscopic than cotton, and it dries faster than cotton (the most ideal fabric in summer).
  2. High strength, about twice that of cotton.
  3. Linen is washed with water, the strength can be increased by 10%, and dry cleaning is also possible.
  4. Good touch when used for custom clothes.
  5. Better gloss than cotton.
  6. There is no problem with static electricity.
  7. Linen has good heat resistance.

Cons of Linen

  1. The wrinkle is extremely poor (poor recovery), and it is easy to break at the wrinkles, so avoid designing pleated skirts when designing clothes.
  2. It is susceptible to insects and mold.
  3. There will be a slight shrinkage.

Derivative uses of Linen

Can be used as handkerchiefs, napkins, tablecloths, gauze, etc.

 3. Wool fabric

A sheep
There are different ways of removing wool from wool (there are two kinds of shearing and plucking).

The sheep itself has different names due to different types. Among them, the wool of Merino sheep has become a treasure in the world’s wool skin due to its high fiber density and excellent wool quality, which is what we call Australian wool.

Characteristics of wool

  1. Easy to pilling (If it is exposed to water, heat, or friction, it will shrink and become entangled and pilling).
  2. Wool has a natural curl, which also constitutes another reason why wool is easier to keep warm (due to curling creating voids, which can increase cohesion and have the effect of insulating the air layer, so it has a heat preservation effect).
  3. The length of wool is between 1″ and 18″.

Pros of wool

  1. Heat preservation.
  2. Good touch.
  3. Wool is not flammable and will turn into ash when exposed to fire (it can be used on carpets).

Cons of wool

  1. Wool will shrink when exposed to water (and its strength will be reduced by 25%).
  2. Most woolen clothes need to be dry cleaned.
  3. Wool is acid and alkali resistant (as opposed to cotton).
  4. Do not use chlorine (CI) bleaching agent for wool, which makes clothes easy to turn yellow; only hydrogen peroxide (Hz02 bleaching agent) can be selected.

Wool fabric

How to maintain wool

Because wool is prone to pilling, shrinking and other shortcomings, it is advisable to use a neutral detergent and appropriate water temperature, so that the wool can always be kept as new.

It can be used as carpets, blankets, sweaters, woolen materials, etc.

4. Silk fabric

Silk is an animal fiber. The main producing countries are Japan, China, Italy, France, and Spain.
Silk Fabric Used For Print On Demand Clothing

The difference in silk color

  1. Silkworm (CutIivated silk), off-white.
  2. Wild Silk, dark yellow.

The production process of silk

It spits out by two glands, which are extremely sensitive to acid and alkali resistance at the same time.

The characteristics of silk

The thermal conductivity of silk is not good, so silk can also be used as clothing for autumn and winter compartments (because it is very thin and very ventilated).

Pros of silk

  1. Have a good touch.
  2. Has excellent luster.
  3. It is the finest kind of natural fiber.
  4. In summer, it can permeate the air and absorb sweat (it is hydrophilic fiber).
  5. The problem of no static electricity.
  6. No pilling phenomenon.
  7. It feels luxurious and advanced when dressed.
  8. Stiffness is quite good.

Cons of silk

  1. Silk is afraid of sweat (it will turn yellow due to sweat acid)
  2. The durability of silk is not good, because it will turn yellow over time
  3. Silk will lose 15% of its strength when exposed to water
  4. Silk is afraid of insects and mildew, and more resistant to the sun
  5. Do not use bleaching agent for silk, if bleaching agent is needed, hydrogen peroxide H2O2 bleaching agent should be selected

Silk maintenance

  1. When the silk is ironed, a piece of cloth should be added to it to avoid ironing marks.
  2. Silk can be washed or dry cleaned, but it is more secure after dry cleaning.
  3. Many fabrics that have been dyed are preferably dry cleaned.
 5. Rayon fabric
Rayon is a regenerated fiber, many of which are similar to cotton, so it is also called rayon. The wood and short cotton batting are chemically treated to give new life again, which is called rayon.

Rayon Fabric Used For Print On Demand Clothing

The characteristics of rayon

It is made of raw materials that are easily available in nature, and the price is relatively low.

Pros of rayon

It dries quickly and has better water absorption than cotton. It is most suitable for summer fabrics.

Cons of Rayon

  1. Rayon is not suitable for washing with water, it will lose 30% to 50% of its strength, make it deformed, and it is not easy to recover.
  2. Rayon is resistant to heat and has worse resistance to sunlight than cotton. It can only be ironed below 121°C.

6. Nylon fabric

Nylon, like polyester fiber, is the most commonly used one among man-made fibers.

Nylon Fabric Used For Print On Demand Clothing

Pros of Nylon

  1. Good elasticity (Nylon after fluffing processing has good elasticity. If it is not exposed to sunlight, nylon is a durable fiber).
  2. High temperature resistance (it can be ironed at the same temperature as cotton).
  3. Lower price.
  4. Can be washed or dry cleaned (easy to wash).

Cons of nylon

  1. Does not absorb sweat.
  2. It is easy to generate static electricity and pilling.
  3. It will be corroded by sunlight (poor sunlight resistance) and easily damaged.

In JetPrint POD Manufacturer, We have various fabrics for different clothing for print on demand manufacturing, supporting advanced craftsmanship Sublimation, Embroidery, and Heat Transfer manufacture and screen printing). Here we’re still working on the development and optimization of fabric and higher-quality printing, and keep updating new details about pinted fabrics to you, your feedback, comments and new suggestions are always welcome here.

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