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A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z AT I O N 6 8 G R A P H I C S P R O J U N E 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M doesn't always work. Some people say if you use light pressure when press- ing, you can achieve no press lines. I find when using a heat press like a Geo Knight DK20S, light pressure is still going to leave a slight pressing mark. Another concern that people have when pressing polyester is the pesky blue spots; they seem to appear out of nowhere. Those are dust particles that aren't visible until heat is applied. Un- fortunately, they are permanent, and there is nothing you can do about them once they are there. So, it is essential to lint roll every time you are going to heat press any polyester. It is recommended to lint roll both vertically and horizon- tally. In my opinion, you can't lint roll too much. If there is one thing that peo- ple often comment about forgetting, it is that they forgot to lint roll. Having a reminder posted somewhere is helpful. METHOD ONE: VAPOR FOAM Items that are useful when pressing T-shirts or other polyester fabric using this method include: • Heat gloves • Lint roller • Heat tape • Repositionable spray • Vapor foam • Scissors • Tape measure (for cutting the foam) • Stapler or double-sided tape • Parchment paper or unwaxed white butcher paper • T-shirt (in this tutorial, I use a onesie) Before you begin, turn on your heat press and set your time and temperature. • Time: 60 seconds • Temperature: 380 F • Pressure: 1 – Light 1. The first step is to measure the im- age size, as well as the transfer—that gives you your foam size. You want the foam to be larger than the image but smaller than the paper size. Foam method step six: insert parchment-wrapped foam inside the onesie. Foam method step eight: place your onesie/shirt on your heat press. Foam cut larger than the image but smaller than the transfer paper. Foam method step three: cut and sandwich foam be- tween parchment paper. Foam method step two: measure/cut the foam. The finished onesie. I DON'T RECOMMEND USING TEFLON SHEETS WITH SUBLIMATION AS A COVER SHEET. THE SUBLIMATION INK CAN MIGRATE ONTO THE TEFLON SHEET WITHOUT YOU SEEING IT, AND THEN IT CAN TRANSFER ONTO YOUR NEXT PROJECT. TEFLON SHEETS CAN ALSO BE A MOIS - TURE BARRIER WHEN THE MOISTURE COMES UP OUT OF THE HEAT PRESS AND CAN CAUSE ISSUES LIKE GHOST- ING OR CLOUDINESS ON YOUR FABRIC. S U B L I M A T I O N B A S I C S A N D B E Y O N D

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