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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 A U G U S T G R A P H I C S P R O 3 7 at 320 F for the red, and after that we did a final press of 20 seconds. Peak T-shirt (80% polyester, 20% cot- ton) Polyester can be a heat-sensitive material, so we made this design out of low-tempe- rature HTV. We used white and black WA- LAKut Express. For this design, we did a one-second tack at 280 F for the first layer, then finished with a five-second press. Posi-Charge T-shirt (100% polyester) Here we used low-temperature HTV yet again to protect the polyester. We used white, green, blue, and black Thermoflex Turbo low temp for this design. We tacked the white, black, and blue simultaneously at 280 F for three seconds. Then, we pressed the green and the rest of the design together for five seconds. FINAL THOUGHTS Decorating performancewear can be easy as long as you follow the application instruc- tions. The HTV you choose will depend on what activity the performancewear will be used for. If you are decorating a very stretchable garment, stretch HTV is the way to go. If you are using HTV on polyes- ter or another heat-sensitive fabric, a lower temp vinyl is the best choice to avoid press marks and burning the material. If you want to add an additional safety measure, a reflective HTV is also a great choice. Overall, using heat transfer vinyl is a great way to decorate your performance wear. HGR BROOKE RUEBKE is the R&D specialist at Heat Transfer Warehouse. She is also the social media coordinator and works with partner relations. Originally from Ada, Minnesota, she now lives in Fargo, North Dakota, and has been a part of the Heat Transfer Warehouse team for almost three years, while attending school at NDSU. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her yellow Labrador retriever, Bella. Low-temperature HTV was used yet again to protect the polyester Posi-Charge T-shirt. HOT GRAPHICS REPORT | 970-221-1200 | For over 40 years, we've been THE source for unique, textured, dimensional graphics on apparel, uniforms, and promotional items!

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