What Makes Bella + Canvas Airlume Cotton So Different?

What makes BELLA+CANVAS T-shirts so Soft? from BELLA+CANVAS on Vimeo.

Bella + Canvas goes through A LOT of trouble to make the softest cotton fabric possible. 25-30% of the cotton during the manufacturing process is combed out to eliminate impurities in the fabric. Lots of manufacturers would put that inferior cotton back into batch during the spinning process, but Bella + Canvas keeps it out.

Only “long-stapled” cotton (long cotton fibers) is used, which greatly reduces stray fibers and creates a smoother surface and much softer feel.

The Airlume process also creates a much tighter and even knit across the surface of the fabric, making it ideal for screenprinting. Why? A tighter weave and less stray fibers means there is more surface area for ink to be placed, giving your customers a much more detailed and cleaner print.

HOW TO SCREEN PRINT on Polyester (feat. The Badger ULTIMATE Softlock Tee)

Dye Migration Problems

Trying to print on 100% polyester can be a nightmare without using the right inks and the right procedure. Client’s printed designs can go from a beautiful work of art to a horribly discolored mess, in the blink of an eye. Or even worse, declaration will show up days later after they already have the products in their hands. This is caused by dye migration, which happens when dye from 100% polyester fabric turns into a gas and seeps into the ink of the printed design.

How to Properly Print on 100% Polyester

To help you out, Geno from learnhowtoscreenprint.com, is going to show us what steps you can take to prevent dye migration from ruining your 100% polyester prints. To demonstrate, he’ll be using our BRAND NEW Badger Softlock Tees (style 4020).