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    June 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM CDT

    Why Embroidery Sew Outs May Vary From The Finished Product


    The best way to preview a new logo or design as embroidery is to see an actual sewn example. If you closely compare your sew out sample to a garment from the completed production run, it’s likely you will find some variance. If the same digitized file is used for both the sew out and the production, how is this possible?

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    June 11, 2019 7:21:00 AM CDT

    What Is Better Screen Printing Or Digital Printing?


    When deciding between digital printing on fabric and screen print for your next apparel run, its important to understand the unique benefits each has to offer. DTG printing is typically favored for those fast, low run, high color count jobs; whereas, screen print will offer a better range of color, more flexibility in what it can print on, better hand on darks and a much larger printable size range.  As technology advances, the gap between these two methods will narrow.

    Below are 5 elements to understand before choosing between screen print and DTG:

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    June 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    Choosing The Right Type Of Screen Printing For Your T-Shirts


    Specialty, all-over, over-sized, AOP plus, faux this, and vintage; these are some of the many different types of screen printing going on these days. The challenge lies in deciding which is going to produce the ideal product. To get the best result on any print, consult with your screen printer. By telling your screen printer what affect you would like to achieve, and providing any visuals you have, your printer can troubleshoot complications and poor printing issues. Together, you can find a solution that will produce the right result at the right price. 

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    November 7, 2017 4:32:23 PM CST

    Foil Application: How It Actually Works.




    How it Works

    Foil is a post-printing application, which can be applied on a press for certain affects. The means the design is printed first and a sheet of metallic foil is heat pressed during the second step. When the sheet is removed, foil adheres to any area printed in standard plastisol ink or a specially formulated foil adhesive clear ink. 

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    September 1, 2017 1:42:00 PM CDT

    What You Need To Know About Embroidery Threads


    Basic Thread Types

    There are two main thread types used for embroidery. They are rayon and polyester. Each type of thread has it’s advantages and is selected based on the logo or design and type of fabric to be sewn.

    Rayon thread is shiny and smooth. It has a soft finish and is best for more delicate or high end clothing including corporate apparel, polos, and garments intended for retail sale.

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    August 1, 2017 2:44:20 PM CDT

    What You Need To Know About Screen Printing On Tri-Blend Shirts


    Tri-blend t-shirts are one of the most popular options for apparel printing. Tri-blend t-shirts are made up of three materials—cotton, polyester, and rayon, and look great when decorated. The fabric is super-soft and comfortable, making tri-blends a popular choice. But although they’re a great option for wearing, there are some challenges screen printing on them. Here are some things to consider when sending tri-blend orders to your decorator.

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    April 13, 2017 2:05:16 PM CDT

    Printing Pantone Colors On White Underlays

    Paint Cans

    When you say red, you could mean any number of a gazillion shades. When you say red 485c, you mean one very specifc shade. Pantone® colors are used to select and accurately communicate color in a variety of industries. Every good screen print company uses an ink mixing system that corresponds with the Pantone® Matching System. However, despite the exact nature of Pantone® colors, what you see is not always what you will get when it comes to textile screen printing.

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    March 9, 2017 4:48:12 PM CST

    Things To Know About Fabrics For Direct To Garment Printing



    Inks Are Your Friend...And Fabrics Are Your Best Friend

    The inks used in direct-to-garment printing are water-based inks and act like any liquid when it comes to application on fabric. Any garments that have a Teflon or stain resistant coating will repel the inks used for digital printing in the same way they are designed to repel coffee, cranberry juice, or any other liquid. Many aprons, tablecloths, and work uniforms, such as in the mechanic or food service industry, are not suited for direct-to-garment printing.

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    February 21, 2017 12:20:09 AM CST

    What You Need to Know About Art For Embroidery


    In general, an embroidery art department can accept any type of artwork you provide right down to a sketch on a napkin. The important thing to remember is this: the better the art, the better the embroidery. The process for converting artwork to embroidery is called digitizing and the artists that do it are called - you guessed it - digitizers.

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    February 1, 2017 2:41:46 PM CST

    Embroidery Backing - A World Of Options


    Embroidery Backing - A World of Options

    Nothing can enhance or ruin embroidery more than what backing your decorator chooses to use. Here are some tips and things you should know about embroidery backings before making an apparel order.

    Backings serve to “stabilize” the garment while it is being embroidered. They are placed behind where the stitching will go on a fabric to prevent the fabric from being squeezed, pinched, or bunched. Without backing, the precision needed for embroidery would not be possible and finished products would look “mushy” and lack detail.

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    January 25, 2017 12:30:00 PM CST

    How Soft-Hand Printing On Dark Garments Works

    Soft hand on dark garments

    Printing soft-hand on dark garments is probably the single most challenging aspect of textile screen printing. The “hand” of a print is referring to the feel. The softer the hand of a print, the less you can feel it. There has been some really great improvements in the screen printing ink industry with ink additives and the onset of discharge printing. However, there is not a cut and dry solution for a bright print with a super-soft hand on dark garments.

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