The knowledge and ultimate guide to sock printing techniques

June 12 13:52 2024

  Socks are becoming more and more popular! What does printing on socks look like in reality? We tried to include it all in this ultimate guide, from how to find good quality socks for printing, to the design you want.

Types of Socks for Printing

  Before we discuss the type of printing, we need to establish another basic principle: Which type of socks do you want to make? The most common types include:

  Cotton socks: They are also the best of all socks as they are proven to be more comfortable and breathable than other socks.

  Polyester socks: If you are keen on making your sublimation prints colorful and shiny, then polyester socks may be the right choice for you.

  Synthetic blend socks: As the name suggests, blends include materials such as cotton and some kind of synthetic fiber.

  Athletic socks: These are socks made for performance. As such they can be used with any material, so it seems appropriate to consider them as a potential material to use in production.

Sublimation Printing

  This is achieved by: Sublimation printing refers to the process whereby a solid dye becomes a gas instead of a liquid. The dye ensures that when printed, the fibers of the sock absorb the color so that you get fast and “on demand” color printing.

Digital Printing

  Definition: Digital Printing When someone talks about digital printers, they’re referring to technology that prints directly to garments. That’s because the machines operate similarly to an inkjet printer—literally squirting out thousands of tiny droplets per inch.

Screen Printing

  The process of screen printing is to create a stencil for the image, then apply each layer of ink as you apply it to the sock. But the problem is, with all these prints, you have to understand that each color needs its own screen.

Heat Transfer

  Traditionally, you need to print the pattern on special transfer paper and then use heat and pressure to transfer the image to the socks!

Printing Process

  Design Creation First create a high resolution design to ensure the pattern is clear

  Preparation, which socks you choose and which method is best for printing

  Secondly, make sure you get a comprehensive print and print all the areas that have to be transferred to the socks.

  Curing or Setting: Further curing, if using other techniques, is done by heat transfer printing.

  Packaging: After it has passed the quality check, packaging shall be done before delivery when it comes to approved with socks.


Whatever your socks purpose is, you will find the right sock form and printing technique at Sock Printing to allow you to have laundry-proof printed designs on them.

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