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4 8 S U B L I M A T I O N R E P O R T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M W hether you want to break into a new market, expand your offer- ings, or piece your product lines together, wide-format sublimation—specifi- cally cut-and-sew sublimation—is a versatile process that can suit small and big facilities, alike. If you're a screen printer, embroiderer, or direct-to-garment decorator, sublimation offers more customization and decoration possibilities for garments and accessories, at a lower cost. PUZZLE PIECES Cut-and-sew sublimation streamlines an en- tire end-to-end process, says Micol Gamba, EFI Reggiani. The versatility of sublima- tion is illustrated in sportswear, T-shirts, leggings, socks, pajamas, and more. Using a printer geared with specialized ink, you can print a transfer and fix a custom design to the substrate with applied heat. The process can be thought of as print- ing and putting the pieces of a puzzle to- gether. "It's like taking sewing pattern pieces for a garment and designing graph- ics for each shape, hence the puzzle piec- es analogy," explains Lily Hunter, Roland DGA. For example, when constructing a sports jersey, you can design graphics for the front, back, sleeves, collar, and so on. There are two schools of thought when it comes to the cut-and-sew process: 1. Match pre-cut pieces of fabric onto the graphics as they are fed into a calender. 2. Sublimate onto rolls of fabric to cut-and-sew later. Hunter says that some prefer the former method to prevent excess inventory of pre- cut fabric pieces of slow-moving sizes. "If you're a screen printer, offering cut-and- sew sublimation allows you to provide custom short runs and one-offs at a low- er cost," she explains. "If you are direct-to- garment printing onto cotton-based fab- rics, dye-sublimation is a complementary technology for polyester fabrics." Cut-and-Sew Sublimation and Beyond B Y J U L I A S C H R O E D E R (Image courtesy EFI Reggiani) A LOOK AT PIECING TOGETHER THE PUZZLE FOR THIS AVENUE OF WIDE-FORMAT SUBLIMATION Customizing with W Cut-and-Sew B Y J U L I A S C H R O E D E R S U B L I M AT I O N R E P O R T 2 0 2 1

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