December '19

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5 0 P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 DTG SPECIAL SECTION platen. You will want to use a table that allows the edges of the bag to hang over. Having other platens will give you more options when it comes to printing things other than T-shirts. Make sure that the bag is nice and flat with the edges tucked in via a tuck lock or hoop. The hardest part will be getting the bag handle(s) out of the way. This can be done by letting the handle hang down and over the top or bottom of your table. Remember that if the bag fits better upside down from how you would load a T-shirt, you will need to flip your graphic around 180 de- grees before printing it. Before you print onto the bag you should always double-check your table height. You are no longer printing on a shirt and the bag will be a different thickness. Make sure that it is safe from the highest point Above: Even if you are not printing white ink, the pretreatment will help give the bag a better print surface as most bags are not as smooth as a T-shirt and are much more porous. Left: The nice thing with bags is that they are not really washed like clothing, but proper curing is always recom- mended.

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