When choosing t shirts for screen printing you need to be aware of what the shirt is made of. You need a shirt with a high percentage of cotton. The screen printing inks will bind with the cotton fibers, but not the polyester fibers.
You also want to buy quality t shirts. If you buy name brands, you are probably going to be okay. Buy cheap imports and you will probably regret it. I buy my shirts at Michaels, Joann Fabrics or AC Moore. One of them always seems to have them on sale for cheap. But then I print as a hobby so buying small quantities is fine for me. I have found different styles of shirts at these stores. Regular t-shirts. Tagless t-shirts which tend to be a little expensive and also t-shirts specifically for women. Any of these will work for screen printing. Locally, I found Michaels tends to have to poorest selection, and AC Moore the best.
If you are printing any more than a small handful of shirts, Michaels, Joann Fabrics and AC Moore will not work for you as the quantities of shirts just wont be available, and then you will be paying too much for them. You will need to find a supplier that will sell you the shirts in bulk.
Color is another thing to consider. You need to think about how the color of the ink will go with the color of the shirt. But that really gets into the artist side, and is your choice.
I recently bought some new aluminum frame screen printing screens. But the screens were smaller than my old ones. So the scoop coater I had been using was too big to work with the new screens.
I search around for scoop coaters. I found a great deal on ebay, but hesitated to bid. They were selling the scoop coaters by the inch. And wasn’t quite sure how to bid on them. I should have emailed the seller. The auction ended, and I thought they would relist, but hey never did. They were the same people I bought my screens from. I ended up buying my scoop coater from another place that I found through Google shopping. The company is named Ryonet. With shipping it cost about $24 for a 13 inch scoop coater. The inside dimensions of my screens is actually 14 inches. And I found a thing that recommending buying a scoop coater 2-3 inches smaller than the inside dimension. But I sometimes print stuff that is 12 inches wide. So I will see how this works. I checked it out, and the new scoop coater does fit in the new screens.
Not sure when I will do some more screen printing. I did promise to print a shirt for a friend of mine. So maybe I will try them out on that.
The new scoop coater is a different design than my other scoop coater. The new one actually has two edges I can coat with. So if one becomes damaged, I can use the other. Though I have been using my other scoop coater for a long time, and never damaged the edge on that one.
I have been screen printing for years, and have always used wooden frames. Granted, I am not screen printing day in and day out. I just print when I have something I want to print. So the wooden frames have for to the most part held up. I have several of them that I have used for screen printing t-shirts. The frames themselves have gotten a little loose in the corners. The wood rough from repeatedly getting wet. Also, the cords that hold the screens to the frames came out on two of the three frames. I fixed them by stapling the screen to the frames. The screen has become a little looser over time. And I think the screen started to tear near one of the staples.
I have wanted some aluminum frames. Sure, I would totally love some expensive roller frames, and they would be ridiculous overkill for what I do in screen printing. I wanted just regular aluminum frames.
I saw on eBay a set of 6 aluminum frames with 125 mesh screen for under $100. What a deal. I went ahead and ordered them. I was out of town when they came, but my wife opened them. They had sent me wooden frames. What the heck? I emailed the company who said the warehouse made a mistake. They said send them back. They would give me $10 for return shipping. So I had my wife repack them, and ship them back. Since I was going to be out of town again, I arranged to have the new ones shipped to my work. They showed up quickly, and I took them home. They are welded aluminum frames with the screens pulled tight and glued to the frames. But I noticed they were smaller than my wood frames. Crap. But I looked at the auction information and found I had goofed. I ordered the frame with the outside dimensions that were the side as the inside dimensions of my wooden frames. I think they will still work. I haven’t tried them yet. I also needed to get a new scoop coater since, my other larger one won’t fit in the smaller frames.