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7 2 G R A P H I C S P R O • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M (Image courtesy Scrappy Dappy Doo) local bands will love. If adding some spar- kle is on your shop's agenda, rhinestone transfers may be your answer. You can cre- ate custom transfers or buy stock transfers for a variety of common activities, holi- days, or needs. Pretty much any decora- tion you can create yourself from scratch can also be offered in transfer form. Once you've decided what sort of trans- fers you need, the next thing to consider is what type of heat press you want to buy. Heat presses range from small tabletop models that are mostly for light-duty or crafting work to huge dual-shuttle presses that can speed up production time. Here are a few things to think about when deciding which heat press will work best for you: Consider the biggest thing you're going to want to press — It sounds a bit like this tip encourages you to buy a big- ger press than you'll generally need, but in this case, bigger is the best option. Even if you only press large items irregularly, it's better to have a press that can meet that occasional need than to scramble because your press is too small. Granted, you can't know everything that you'll ever be asked to press, but as a general rule, it's a good idea to get the biggest press you can afford. Even and accurate heat — You want a press with a platen that heats evenly. Having cold spots or overly warm spots on a press can cause an uneven seal or burning or melting that can ruin a trans- fer and a garment. e same applies to accurate heat. You want the press to heat to the temperature you set and to be able to maintain that heat steadily. As with an uneven heat, inaccurate heat or heat that (Image courtesy Sparkle Gear) A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G

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