Screen Printing vs DTF: Which is the best option for my clothes

At the moment of customizing clothes, there are two techniques among the most popular that stand out: screen printing and DTF (Direct to Film). Both offer amazing results, but their characteristics can make one more suitable than the other, depending on your needs.

1. Screen Printing: The Choice for Large Quantities

Screen printing is ideal for large-scale orders. If you're thinking about customizing a considerable quantity of garments, screen printing might be the most cost-effective option. However, it's important to note that screen printing services typically have a minimum order requirement, starting at 24 garments. This makes it the perfect choice for companies needing customized uniforms for their employees, for example, or brands selling their items in large quantities to the public.

DTF: No Minimums, Greater Versatility

On the other hand, if you're considering customizing just one or two pieces, DTF will be the best option. Unlike screen printing, DTF doesn't have a minimum order requirement, making it perfect for more personal projects such as unique Christmas gifts or customized items for special events like weddings and birthdays.

Businesses vs. Individuals: Adapting to Needs

Companies needing a large quantity of uniformed garments may find screen printing to be the most efficient and economical solution. For individuals seeking customization without committing to large quantities, DTF offers flexibility without compromising quality.

Examples of Decorations

To illustrate these points, check out some of our projects on the YouTube channel @maudlinmerchandise. There, you'll find videos showcasing the beauty and versatility of both techniques, from large corporate orders to customized projects for special occasions.


Ultimately, the choice between screen printing and DTF will depend on your specific needs. Evaluate the size of your order, the purpose of customization, and the available budget. Both techniques offer exceptional results, and the final decision will depend on the balance between quantity, quality, and the versatility you seek.

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