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76 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 Heat Transfer G etting started in heat printing can be a little daunting. Over the years, heat print technology has risen to meet the demands of the growing garment decorating industry. With such a wide variety of fabrics and heat transfer materials on the market, there's more opportunity for decorating than ever. However, along with these opportunities come challenges. It's important to set yourself up for success from the start, by considering these tips, you'll get started on the right foot. Read Garment Labels For Fabric Content and Care Purchase heat transfer materials that are compatible with the fabrics being decorated. For instance, materi- als with a low-temperature application are recommended for heat-sensitive fabrics like polyester, spandex, and rayon. Higher temperatures on these types of fabrics can cause scorching, leav- ing what's called a "heat press box" or "bruising" on the gar- ment. This is when the heated top platen burns its shape into the garment. Look at tags on the garment to make sure it can withstand the temperature the design is being printed at. Some garments may have a "do not iron" symbol, while others may indicate Heat Printing By Debra Romalia Getting started on the right foot Six Tips for Successful (Image courtesy of Oki Data Americas) Debra is the vice president of GroupeSTAHL Content Marketing, Sterling Heights, Michigan. (Image courtesy of Oki Data Americas) 1

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