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How to Center a Shirt

Chuck Maulsby is the screen territory manager of GSG, a distributor of equipment and supplies for textile and sign screen printing, embroidery, digital printing, and electrical signage.

Experienced screen printers all have their own technique for loading a shirt on a platen, but newcomers may find it takes a bit of experimentation if they have no one to show them. 

 An easy way to center a shirt for printing while loading is to gather the body toward the top, then pull it over the platen toward the press until it is stretched tightly from the neck. If necessary, then grab the shoulders and pull the shirt right or left to center it. Pull the shirt back toward you until the image area is on the platen.