October '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R 4 3 overthink it. You don't have to get your ruler out to make sure that the graphic is perfectly placed to the millimeter. No one is going to notice if the graphic is a quarter inch off from the one before or after. Have you ever been to a family reunion where someone is walking around with a ruler making sure that the graphics are centered evenly with everyone else's? No, and your eyeball won't be able to tell either because if it's close, no one is paying that close of attention to it. Not only will no one notice if a graphic is slightly off compared to an- other, but everyone's body is different. Ev- ery single shirt that is worn on a different person will fit differently. After you have your eye well trained, your eye will get you very close to where those tools are getting you as well. Then, you don't have to waste extra time setting up each shirt with tools. You also won't have the stress and anxiety beating yourself up over a graphic being evenly placed down to the millimeter. Once you let go and start pressing, you'll be just fine. I've printed thousands of shirts, all without a tool, and no one has ever come back to me and com- plained. If you are new to heat printing or super worried, use a tool to align the first couple on each run. Then you can see where you are placing the graphic. Once you have it down in your head, remove the training wheels and just eyeball it. The more you do this, the easier it will get. One last tip – make sure your shirt is well placed onto the press itself. No measuring tool in the world will help a shirt that is placed slightly cock-eyed onto the press at that point. MIKE ROMANO, TRANSFER EXPRESS Can I use craft store paper specified for use as transfer paper to print an image and then heat transfer onto a substrate? Yes, but not for best results. The craft store paper will generally offer a heavier feel, the color output may not be as vibrant; fading, cracking, peeling of a design immediately after transferring and washing can be fre- quent. For best results, use a commercially recommended brand of paper especially tested and proven for use in our industry. For example, these will offer durability, transfer to different type of fabrics, and have excellent wash characteristics. CHRIS SKARSTAD, RHINOTECH What is a Teflon sheet or cover used for in apparel decorating? Teflon sheets and covers are used in heat ap- plying transfers and curing inks in sublima- tion printing. The covers and sheets protect the silicone pad from damage and excess ink, and aid in the ability to dress substrates on the lower platen. CRIS SAUNDERS, INSTA GRAPHIC SYSTEMS While craft store trans- fer paper can be used for apparel decoration, the end re- sult will not be as high a quality as profession- al materi- als. (Image courtesy RhinoTech) | 800.799.8313 N O L I M I T S ! Looking for a single-head or multi-head embroidery machine? Get the best of both worlds with a Melco EMT16 PLUS modular embroidery network. Traditional embroidery machines are limited to a specific number of heads that must operate in unison. EMT16 PLUS is modular, enabling you to configure and scale the system to perfectly suit your production needs. Start small, with one or two heads, and add more as-needed. Contact Melco Direct for more info about starting or growing your embroidery business! Train- ing and software are included, financing options are available. Melco is USA-based, just north of Denver, Colorado! COME VISIT US AT THE NBM SHOW BOOTH # 701 Colorado Convention Center October 11-12, 2019

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