The History Of Screen Printing

Screen Printing Custom T-Shirts

Screen Printing Custom T-Shirts

Screen printing is one of the oldest methods of printing and can be traced back to the Song Dynasty in ancient China. Over the year Japan and other Asian countries refined the techniques of screen printing, however, screen printing would not be introduced to Europe until the late 1700’s. In 1907, a man by the name of Samuel Simon officially patented the screen printing technique. During these early times of screen printing, many techniques were kept secret by the printers


It was not until the famous Screen Printing of Marilyn Monroe by  Andy Warhol that screen printing was brought into the mainstream and began capturing the public eye. The biggest hurdle left for screen printing was the rate at which t-shirts and other products could be produced. In 1920, a major advancement in screen printing custom t-shirts came thanks to inventor Michael Valistone, who invented the very first multi-color screen printing machine in 1960. Today, screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, hats and other garments accounts for over half of all screen printed products.

Screen printing technology and techniques continue to improve along with technological advancements. At TShirtWorxs we use the most advanced and up to date t-shirt screen printing equipment to provide all of our clients with the highest quality custom screen printing available. We can provide you or your company with custom screen printed t-shirts, hats, hoodies and more to help brand and market your business.

We do what we love here at TshirtWorxs, custom screen printing t-shirts is our passion. Hard work and dedication go into every shirt printed as well as the design for each shirt. If you are in need of local t-shirt printing for you church, business, sports team or non-profit, you can email us at

Screen Printing Custom T-Shirts

The tabs below will guide you through the process involved in screen printing custom t-shirts as we bring your idea and design to life one step at a time.

Step 1. Pick A Product

The first step in screen printing custom t-shirts is picking the product you would like for your design to be on. A lot of choices are available and can be seen in our Design Studio under the products section. Men’s t-shirts, women’s t-shirts, youth size t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters and tanks. An important factor in choosing your product is how it is going to feel while wearing it. TShirtsWorxs offer 100% Cotton t-shirts as well as a 50/50 Cotton poly blend, and if it comfort you are looking for, a tri-blend screen printed t-shirt is great, offering a blend of cotton, polyester and rayon. Tri-Blends are great due to their resistance to wrinkling and allowing your body to breathe while involved in physical activity. If you have question or would like to schedule a time to come in and see the difference in material, please feel free to call us at 865-591.8965 or by using our quick and easy Contact form.

Step 2. Create A design

Probably the best part of custom screen printing t-shirts is the creative process. Customers can submit their own art or have our graphic design team create one for them (Hourly Design Fee). If you choose to submit your own art we suggest that you choose a file with a transparent background such as PNG. If a png is not available, the following file types are acceptable: GIF., JPG, TIF. and PSD. Once your artwork is uploaded, our design team will look over it and determine whether or not the image is print ready or needs editing. If any editing is needed we will contact you and discuss all options before moving forward with your custom printed t-shirt. Once the artwork and color choices have been approved and agreed upon by both TShirtWorxs and the client, our Designer will do a t-shirt mock-up of your shirt, once this is approved will we beging the production process.


Step 3. Creating The Screen

After all artwork has been submitted and approved, one of our expert screen printers will begin creating the screen for you shirt(s). Once the screen is finalized, we will move on to production and begin making your design a reality..


Step 4. Going To Print

After all of the hard work, picking your product, design, artwork approvals and mock-ups, it is finally time to make your shirt reality. The only thing left to do is dry and fold.