Printwear

Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 01 8 O C T O B E R P RI N T W E A R || 69 3. Finally, this is the way to guarantee you don't have transfer lines, though it is a bit more work and requires ex- tra consu mables. To do this, you need a special heat-resistant foa m. Not the pillo ws that are encased in polytetra- uoroethylene (P TFE), but just the foa m itself. With that foa m, you want to cut it do wn to be s maller than your transfer paper, but larger than the i mage you are trying to transfer. To calibrate the pressure needed on your press, put the heat-resistant foa m in it and when the press closes, it should reduce the size of the foa m by half its nor mal size. The top heat and the botto m platen should be about 1/2" a way fro m each other with the foa m in the middle. Then, place the foa m on the location where the i mage is go- ing to be pressed and cover the entire platen with a silicone or P TFE cover sheet. Next, place the gar ment on the press in a threaded fashion and align the i mage area over the top of the foa m piece. Put the transfer sheet over the top of the foa m piece on the gar- ment so the edges of the transfer are out over the edges of the foa m. Lastly, place a blo wout sheet over the top of the transfer and press for the correct ti me and te mperature. Also, re me mber things like collars and buttons can cause si milar edge effects that will not be able to be re moved just like transfer lines fro m your press or transfer paper. Al ways thread or so meho w situate a jig to eli minate extra pressure fro m but- tons, collars, tags, etc. With the above tools, you will be able to tackle these t wo challenges when it co mes to gar ment subli mation, and you will be back pushing the value of per manence, sports perfor mance, and the soft feel of your subli mation gar ments. Your custo mers will eat up the clean look that you achieve with- out ghosting and transfer lines. To calibrate the pressure needed on your press, put the heat-resistant foa m in it and when the press closes, it should reduce the size of the foa m by half its nor mal size.

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