Awards & Engraving

January '16

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22 • A&E JANUARY 2016 A s anyone who follows my writing or podcasts knows, I have become a huge fanboy for the sublimation process. It provides such a rich and vibrant color that lasts the life of the garment and it works with those performance and high-end polyesters that people really want. It is a fairly simple process, but by thinking through some things and planning ahead, you can make the process much easier. In this article, I focus on one trend in particular: all-over sublimation. I want to share some tips for sublimating all-over apparel that you can use today. WHAT IS ALL-OVER SUBLIMATION? One area that is somewhat unique to the sublimation process is the type of decorating you will be doing. If you have a large-format press, much of the profitable business in sublima- tion can be found by doing all-over prints. Whether you know it or not, all-over sublimation is everywhere. Ever seen a fishing show or bowling on TV? Those people are wearing all-over sublimated garments. With all-over printing, there are two ways to decorate the garment. One is cut-and-sew and the other is decorating the pre-sewn garment. Decorating a pre-sewn garment will save you the cost and time of having to see the garment after it's been decorated. This also overcomes having to have your own T-shirt pattern and figuring out how to sew it, which can be a challenge for many garment decorators. The downside is that you will have some blemishes and areas that don't transfer well. We call those smiles, and you do have to prepare for them in your design process. With cut-and-sew, you decorate rolls of fabric and then have them put together By Aaron Montgomery One method of all-over sublimation is called cut-and-sew, where rolls of fabric are decorated and then put together. Creating an All-Over Sublimation Print SUBLIMATION ALL OVER THE PLACE

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