DTF printing on all fabrics

What Are the Most Popular Fabrics DTF Printing Can Be Applied To?

DTF printing is an advanced printing technology that uses DTF printer to print patterns on DTF film and then transfer the patterns to fabrics. As is known to all, DTF printing breaks the limitations of fabrics, able to print on all types of fabrics. Among all the fabrics, cotton, polyester, denimsilk, leather and nylon are the most popular fabrics in DTF printing industry.


Cotton fabric is a kind of fabric that is generated from cotton by spinning technology. There are several advantages of cotton fabric:

  • Light and warmth
  • Soft and close to skin
  • Excellent hygroscopic and breathable ability

Compared with chemical fiber, cotton fiber does not have static effects, making cotton fabric ideal choice for underwear. In addition to that, cotton fabric is also suitable for shirts, dresses, blouses, socks, sweaters, sheets, blankets, bags, jeans and skirts. Unlike DTG printing, DTF printing does not need any pretreatment steps before printing, which saves a lot of time and cost.


Polyester is a kind of chemical fiber clothing fabric, widely used in daily life, like sportswear, casualwear, swimwear, umbrellas, raincoats, tents and luggages. Polyester fabric features of high elastic recovery ability. Hence, it is of great durability and anti-wrinkle. Besides, polyester is also of excellent heat and light resistance ability. Acid and alkali cannot work on polyester, which makes polyester not influenced by mold and insects. Sublimation printing can also be applied to polyester fabrics but limited by light color. It is not as practical as DTF printing that could print on all colors.


Denim is a thicker color weaving surface diagonal cotton cloth. Originally, denim is only in blue color and used as canvas. But as technology develops, there are different colors of denim for various uses, like jeans, dress, coat, bags and more. Touching feelings of denim are different. Some are soft while some stiff. Some rough, some exquisite. Denim produced by combed cotton yarn is of smooth surface, vivid lines and refreshing touching feeling.


Silk is a kind of protein fiber, including mulberry silk, tussah silk, ricinus silk and cassava silk. It is often utilized to produce shirts, sleepwear, dresses, bed sheet, bed cover, pillowcase and hair scrunchies. Protein fiber of silk will not do harm to human body. Also, items made by silk are very soft and smooth, bringing touching feeling. Most importantly, none of fabrics are more skin-friendly than silk, which is porous protein fiber, keeping clothes not too dry and skin moisture. Silk also owns superior anti-ultraviolet ability.


In the recent years, leather fabric is very popular in fashion industry. Normally leather fabric in the market is classified into three types: authentic leather, regenerated leather and PU/PVC leather. Clothes of leather fabric look graceful and luxurious. They are also very light and warmth. However, leather fabric is expensive and strict in saving and taking care. Currently, leather fabric is often used to produce bags, belt, leather boots, leather jackets, wallets and leather skirts. And, what needs to keep in mind is that DTF printing can only be applied to authentic leather for the reason that only authentic leather owns the ability of anti high temperature.


Nylon, as the first synthetic fiber in the world, has wide arranges of uses in various industries due to its excellent performance and rich material resources. In the aspect of fastness and abrasion resistance, nylon performs best in all the fabric fibers. Except that, nylon features amazing durability, good elasticity and elastic recovery ability. But nylon is of poor breathability and produces static electricity easily. Today nylon is often applied to workwear, sports bags, schoolbags, tote bags and more.

Since DTF printing is suitable for many materials, it is a cost-effective choice for printing business. This is what other printing technologies can make. Except that, patterns printed by DTF printing are of superior durability. They will not be worn out easily. If you are considering to purchase one DTF printer for business, you could check this guide passage for help, Ultimate Guide to Choose Best T-Shirt Printer [Updated] or refer to the expert at Sublistar.        

Which fabric is best for DTF printing?

While DTG printing works best on cotton material, DTF printing works well on many different types of material like cotton, leather, nylon, denim, leather, polyester, silk and more, whether light or dark color.

DTF printing can be used on black shirts. It is not limited by colors.

With right care, DTF printed patterns can last for several washings and show the look you want. Keep in mind that the longevity of the patterns are also influenced by the quality of the film. So keep in mind that choose right DTF film. This passage may help, How to Choose the Best DTF Film? The Ultimate Guide

DTF printer is easy to operate as it does not need any pre-treatment.  

Print on Film→Spread the Powder→Melt the Powder→Pre-press the Fabric→Heat Transfer→Cold Peel / Hot Peel→Post-pressing.

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