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January '19

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46 a-e-mag.com • A&E JANUARY 2019 Settings: • Vinyl cutter: refer to cutter guidelines per heat transfer vinyl • Heat press: 320 F, set for medium pressure Step One: Get design ready Cut heat transfer vinyl on vinyl cutter then weed design with weeder. Debra Romalia is the vice president, content marketing, for GroupeSTAHL in Sterling Heights, Michigan. By Debra Romalia Decorating Bags with Heat-Applied Graphics Try This: School spirit sales are an enticing market opportunity with plenty of athletes, fans, students, parents, and teachers as pos- sible buyers. Here's a great way to use heat transfer vinyl to decorate a cool-looking cinch pack with school spirit. Heat-applied graphics make it easy to personalize items and are a great way to turn heads and get customers walking through your door. And as a bonus: it's easy to do! Here's how to get a look that will surely be a fan favorite. Equipment and supplies needed: • Vinyl cutter (used here: Roland GS-24 vinyl cutter) • Heat press (used here: Hotronix Fusion IQ heat press) • Cinch pack (used here: SanMar, Port & Company Core fleece sweat- shirt cinch pack) • 11-by-15-inch platen • Weeder • Kraft paper cover sheet • Heat transfer vinyl in two colors (used here: CAD-CUT Fashion-FILM in orange and white) Step Two: Apply design with a heat press Load cinch pack on the 11-by-15-inch platen on the heat press. Preheat the cinch pack to remove moisture and wrinkles by pressing for 3 to 5 seconds. Place the background design, tack for 3 to 5 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot. Next, place the foreground design, press for 15 to 20 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot. For the design on the pocket, slide the lower half of the cinch bag onto the platen. Place the background design, tack for 3 to 5 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot. Place the foreground design and press for 15 to 20 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot. It's as simple as that! Remember to con- sult individual user guides and settings as different equipment varies. A great way to upsell this product is to put a name on each bag as well to assure students do not get their bags mixed up. ALL IMAGES COURTESY STAHLS'

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