Printwear

Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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44 || P RI N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 01 8 specially coated materials using heat and pressure. Si mple enough, right? Although the process is easy to explain, there are so me things to consider before you start. What are the bene ts? With dye subli ma - tion, you can print full colors, bright col- ors, and multiple colors. When applying to gar ments, the ink is e mbedded into the bers. This allo ws for the design to feel as if it's part of the gar ment and not actu- ally on the gar ment. What kind of mate- rial should you print on? You can only use polyester or poly mer-coated substrates. So me people may argue that subli mation will work on other substrates, ho wever, it's strongly reco m mend using only polyester or poly mer-coated substrates. It is i mpor- tant to note that you must purchase so me- thing that is already coated; this is not so mething you can easily do on your o wn. What can you make with dye subli ma - tion? Printable dye-subli mation materials are, as in the title, materials that you print on with your dye-subli mation printer. These materials are to then be applied using a heat press. Such materials usually include ock, glitter, and t will. Another method of decorating gar ments is with dye-subli mation paper. With this, any 100 percent light polyester gar ment is reco m mended. It is also suggested to stick with white or light gar ments to get the most col- or out of your design. The darker the clothing, the less you will be able to see your design. You can even subli mate on heat transfer glitter or any glitter that is made fro m polyester. Dye-subli mation paper is also needed for subli mating onto blanks. Blanks refer to ob - jects that are specially coated for dye subli mation. Because you cannot nor mally t objects into a dye-subli mation printer, you rst must print your design onto the paper, then trans- fer that design onto your blank of choice. For dye subli mation, you'll al ways need a dye-subli mation printer and a heat press. Any additional materials are dependent on what you create. Should I get a direct-to-fabric dye-sublimation printer or a transfer dye-sublimation printer? This is dependent on what you are making. There are pros and cons to both types of printers. Direct-to-fabric printers do not need the use of transfer paper and typically need coated-polyester fabrics. This type of fabric usually costs more than uncoated fabrics. Most direct-to-fabric printers are used for ags and other applications that require heavier ink saturation. Transfer dye-subli mation is where the prints are rst printed onto transfer pa- per and then the inks transfer onto the fabrics or rigid substrates at the heat press. This method of dye-subli mation printing gives you more exibility in the types of products you can make. Regardless of which method you use, you will still need a heat press. LILY HUNTER, ROLAND DGA Does direct print on fabrics require post processing? Yes, virtually any printing for fabric requires post processing. With pig ment inks, a heat set is necessary to bond the binder with the textile threads. With disperse dye inks on polyester, you still have to subli mate the inks into the polyester, and you probably need a pretreat to mini mize wicking along the bers prior to print. Reactive and acid dyes need high te mp/pressurized stea m to co mplete the process and post washing to re move excess dyes and pretreat. RANDY ANDERSON, MUTOH AMERICA INC. If you are pretreating so mething other than a shirt, try loading a junk shirt on the platen rst and then place the ite m on top of it. (I mage courtesy Brother International) With dye subli mation, you can print full colors, bright colors, and multiple colors. (I mage courtesy Vapor Apparel)

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