Nashville Screen Printing and Embroidery
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Nashville Screen Printing and Embroidery

Read along with us as we dive into a list of the best screen printers and embroiderers in Nashville.

As you probably know, Nashville, AKA Music City, is booming with organizations and businesses, bands, churches, and more- likely seeking custom apparel. 

A quick fun fact before diving into custom apparel talk: The world-famous honky tonks, located on Broadway, offer free live music 365 days a year. With more than 180 music venues around town ranging from large arenas and concert halls to small clubs and featuring nearly every genre of music, it’s easy to see why this is the city that “music calls home.”

The options are endless when choosing screen printers and embroiderers in Nashville, Tennessee. A city filled with talented and artistic people calls for custom apparel to help express creativity.

We assume you've found this article because you are local to Nashville, searching for a business to create custom threads for you and your brand or organization, right?

We've been in the industry for over a decade and are always interested in learning about the nationwide screen printing fam, so it's exciting to share some of the best options with you. 

We're here to share some of the best screen printers in Nashville, TN. 

We compiled a list of some of the most highly-rated print shops on Google and added a bit of a background context about each shop so you get to know them a bit. 

*Note: These are in no particular order; they all had great reviews, so we wanted to share them with you.

Alright, enough chit-chat. Let's get into it. 

Now for some of the most highly-rated screen printers in Music City: Nashville, TN.


Okay, so maybe you know, or you don't. BUT Real Thread is based in sunny Orlando, FL.

You may think, "Wait, this is an article about Nashville… isn’t it?"

That is correct. HOWEVER- Real Thread ships nationwide, helping many businesses in Nashville and beyond. 

SO… Let us be the first to tell you that Real Thread is here to be your one-stop shop for all things custom apparel.

Real Thread screen prints with water-based inks. These inks are superior to the industry standard ink (plastisol ink). What's the main difference between the two?

Instead of coating the shirt with a thick layer of plastic, water-based inks dye the garment directly with your print. The ink soaks into the garment's fibers, dying your design INTO the shirt instead of onto it. This results in a super soft and long-lasting impression (literally AND figuratively). 

Real Thread also offers embroidery, fulfillment, and a wide range of add-on services that set us apart from your average print shop. We even have glow-in-the-dark ink that'll make you say "OOOH" and "AHH" and things of that nature.



Friendly Arctic Printing & Design has printed custom apparel and posters in East Nashville for over 10 years.

They offer full opacity, single pass, distressed, halftone gradient, four-color process, and metallic ink.

The items they print on include posters, t-shirts, long sleeves, tank tops, hoodies, kids' apparel, bandanas, tote bags, and face masks.


Big Frog is a national franchise focusing on custom apparel printing and personalized merchandise. They’re known for their innovative approach- they use DTG (direct-to-garment) printing, have no order minimum, and operate through a franchise model, meaning you can find Big Frog locations in various cities across the United States. Each location is typically independently owned and operated.


Since 1980, Dragonfly Screen Graphics has provided Nashville and surrounding areas with screen-printed t-shirts, embroidery, and promotional products ranging from tech and mobile gear to calendars and planners.

They specialize in custom t-shirt and sportswear screen printing, embroidery, and advertising specialties.


Arena Imprints has been providing services to Nashville since the 90s. Services offered include graphic design, screen printing, shipping and fulfillment, custom tags and hangtags, and polybagging. 

Their clients range from local businesses to multinational corporations and even those in the entertainment industry.

So now you know about some of the best screen printers and embroiderers in Nashville (and beyond).

What's next? 

You may have questions about pricing, what garments best suit your custom apparel projects, brand names, etc. Now that you know some of the best places to screen print in Nashville, TN, we want to help further your education on custom apparel perfection.

Our team has over a decade of experience under their belt (or should we say under their t-shirts), and they are always available to talk tees with you. We want to help simplify the process and get your project GOIN'. 

Check out our t-shirt buyer's guide, a free resource to help you learn more about customizing some cool threads. Real threads, if you fancy. *wink*

This will be a helpful little "something" to reference while checking out your online print shop options. We also always have our team available to ask any questions. 

Okay, friends, we're here if you need us.

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