I'm sure you have had a customer walk into your screen printing shop and tell you they need to have some t-shirts “silk screened”.
If you are new to the business, you may be wondering where this expression came from.
Years ago, the fabric used in making the screens for screen printing was usually made out of silk. Silk fabric works well for the screen printing process, however it has been replaced in large part with the use of synthetic fabrics, mostly polyester.
How to Choose the Right Mesh Count
You will commonly see a letter accompanying the mesh count e.g. "T" (regular), "S" (Small) or "HD" (heavy duty) with "T" being the most commonly used designation. Here are some sample mesh counts 30, 60, 83, 109, 140, 162, 200, 255, and 305. There are of course, lower and higher sizes available, but these are the most common and readily available from screen printing supply vendors.