Screen Printing:

Minimizing Sublimation Dye Migration

How to successfully print on 50/50 cotton/poly blended fleece without experiencing bleeding.

By Mark A. Coudray, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2013

In this technical bulletin and video, we‘ll be using the JERZEES NuBlend 50/50 cotton/polyester fleece to demonstrate an effective method of optimizing printing on blended fleece. We’ve chosen the JERZEES brand because of the higher stitch density and smoother surface that allow for greater control of the printed ink film.

Blended fabrics offer some advantages over pure cotton. The polyester content reduces fibrillation, which can cause a print to look faded because of the little cotton fibers that stick up through the ink. This means you also get better ink coverage with 50/50. The polyester fibers also can give the garment a softer, more sheer feel. Lastly, polyester is known for its greater color durability, so clients interested in maintaining the color of their garments after repeated washings should consider blended garments. 

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