Printwear

April '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 6 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 2 0 2 6 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 2 0 HEAT PRESS Pressing Matters most ink formulas will work for polyester, there is not a guarantee that a particular transfer won't bleed through. Accordingly, dye block numbers or even numbers that apply at a lower temperature help to address this issue. When it comes to placement, if your transfer supplier prints the numbers on a consistently sized sheet, it is very easy to position a single or double-digit number for application. Simply align the two num- bers together on the press and heat apply. Be sure to consider the pre-spaced name location for the back of the jersey if this is needed. Many decorators select a heat transfer film to match their numbers and cut them on a vinyl cutter. However, it can be difficult to match this perfectly, so trans- fer companies often offer pre-spaced names that can be ordered from a rostered list of players. This keeps everything matching and makes for a very seamless experience when applying the jerseys. Many screen-printed transfer products apply in as little as 4–15 seconds (depend- ing on the ink formula) and are almost al- ways a single-step application. Depending Top: Many screen-printed transfer products apply in as little as 4–15 seconds and are almost always a single-step application. Above: If you find that placement is slowing down the job, laser align- ment tools can help.

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