We understand it can be tricky deciding which polo shirt to go for when faced with our vast selection. This post outlines how the brands vary and which fabric compositions take to the various print processes the best. We normally advise against custom embroidering onto t-shirts. The is because stitches pull the fine cotton inward where the needle enters and as a result it can often pucker or distort the logo. This is why you normally only see embroidered polo shirts.
Digitally embroidered polo shirts make a great first impression for any business or company. These custom polo shirts are very comfortable to wear, the collar is instantly smarter when compared to a crew neck t-shirt. This is because of their tapered neckline that is 2 or 3 buttoned fused, and the ribbed collar and cuff detailing. Polo shirt fabric is also harder wearing and often doesn’t require much ironing – which makes them perfect for everyday wear.
Polo Shirts for Digital Embroidery
ANY of the polo shirts we stock are suitable for digital embroidery. This is because polo shirts are milled in such a way that the fabric is heavier. This type of fabric construction can withstand the embroidery needle and thread pulling taut on the garment.
We recommend: Any polo shirt by the brand Henbury. They have a fantastic range of styles and cuts to chose from, all of which embroidery nicely.
Polo Shirts for Direct to Garment Printing and Transfer Printing
100% cotton polo shirts only. We don’t recommend DTG or Transfer printing onto polo shirts, but we can still do so if required. DTG and Transfer printing does not always adhear to the textured surface of a polo shirt that well, especially when the polo shirt is not 100% cotton. This means piqué (posh word for a courser weave texture) and poly/cotton blend shirts are a no no here.
We recommend: Fruit of the Loom Premium 100% Cotton Polo
Polo Shirts for Screen Printing
One brilliant thing about screen printing is that you can screen print onto almost any kind of fabric composition, having said that, we don’t recommend printing small, detailed logos onto polo shirt material as the distort the details in the logo. Screen Printing large, bold text such as “EVENT STEWARD” or “REFEREE” onto the back of a polo shirts is easily done, and will last very well.
We recommend: B&C Collection. The weave is slightly finer, they also run a little more fitted too.