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84 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 Direct-to-Substrate Shops can also use direct-to-garment to supplement smaller-quan- tity orders that wouldn't typically be profitable with a screen-printing setup. (Image courtesy Equipment Zone) The small footprint of most direct- to-garment printers makes them easy to add in shops of varying sizes. (Image courtesy ColDesi) the production area, shops will still want to ensure it's physi- cally separated. Rumbaugh recommends if a shop runs embroidery machines to make sure they aren't adjacent to the DTG printers. "The small fibers kicked up by the embroidery equipment can settle on the newly pretreated shirts and get stuck in the print," he notes. Conversely, residue from pretreatment has the potential of getting into embroidery spools, making the thread sticky and, in worst cases, ruining the thread. Other elements like dust and direct sunlight or excessive heat should also be avoided. Since DTG prints will need to be cured, shops can utilize the same equipment for curing in this process as they do with screen-printed shirts. Bolsini recommends shops only keep the feed of conveyer dryers in the controlled area, which will save the facility money on HVAC costs. Selling it As a decorator starts to become comfortable with DTG, they can start rolling out the service Shops can typically run DTG jobs simultaneously with screen- printing production runs, helping to boost their bottom line. (Image courtesy Same Day Tees) (Image courtesy Armor Maxx) DTG also works well in tandem with screen printing if shops want to print a sample off before setting up a high-volume job. (Image cour- tesy Same Day Tees)

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