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    October 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM CDT

    The Goods Aren't Good Without A PO


    One of the very first steps in the decorating apparel industry is purchasing the goods that need to be screen printed or embroidered on. Decorating companies are more than willing to order the goods for their customers, but promotional product distributors typically supply the garments themselves. This is certainly not a problem and 100% acceptable. However, if the customer does provide their decorator with the blank pieces, there are a few things that they should know and take into consideration.

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    October 21, 2019 5:30:00 AM CDT

    4 Simple Steps To Worry-Free Order Production


    There are many decisions to be made and details to be communicated when ordering decorated and promotional apparel. If you’ve ordered even once, you are well aware. The number of decisions and details is multiplied by each client you are working with and each item they are having imprinted. Wow. That’s a lot to keep track of.

    You’re awesome and have it covered, we know. Regardless, we’ve got your back. The Four Simple Steps is a system for placing orders that helps organize the details and keeps you informed about the progress of your custom screen print, embroidery, and digital print orders. Our goal is to make working with us easy. By pro-actively providing you with status updates, you can continue getting business instead of being bogged down by the orders you already have.

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    October 15, 2019 10:15:00 AM CDT

    3 Keys To A Successful All-Over Print Design


    There is a true art to designing a t-shirt for the all over press. It isn't as simple as taking any piece of art and blowing it up huge and slapping it on a tee. For a successful all over print, it's important to work with the machine as a screen print medium and consider it's drawbacks and weak points.

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    October 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM CDT

    Artwork That Works For Screen Printing


    Digital artwork used for screen printing can be categorized in two types - raster and vector. In this article, we’ll define both file types, go over some vocabulary, and show how you can differentiate the two.

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    October 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    How Screen Printing Works For 2-Ply Garments

    Windbreakers For Screen Print

    Ply has a couple of meanings in the apparel industry. If you’re talking dress shirts, ply is the number of yarns twisted together to make a single thread that is woven into a fabric. For screen printers, 2-ply is referring to a garment constructed with two fabric layers. Common 2-ply garments are windbreakers, athletic shorts, and the hood on some styles of sweatshirts. Because the two layers of fabric are generally sew together at the edges and are loose against each other, there is an extra step and some additional equipment required to print these garments. Let’s take a look.

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    October 7, 2019 10:35:00 AM CDT

    File Preparation Tips For DTG Printing On Apparel

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    Digital printing has some similarities, but is a bit different than screen print or embroidery in terms of file prep. Here's some suggestions to submit your file so that your end print looks like you want it to.

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    October 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM CDT

    3 Ways To Avoid Polyester Dye Migration


    Polyester and poly blend garments continues to grow in popularity over the years. It has become one of the most common types of materials used in the promotional apparel world. When printing on polyester and polyester blends, it can sometimes prove to be a struggle, as it's one of the most challenging fabrics to print on. 

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    September 30, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    3 Types Of Embroidery Stitches


    As a Promotional Product expert knowing as much as you can about the apparel decorating processes will help you with your sales. As partners we feel it is our responsibility to give you the information you need to sell. Today were going to talk about embroidery stitches. 'Apparel Decoration' companies use 3 distinct embroidery stitches to create the beautiful custom embroidered garments you see. Each stitch creates a different look on the fabric.

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    September 24, 2019 8:15:00 AM CDT

    How Soft-Hand Printing Via Discharge Inks Works

    soft-hand-printing-dischargeink2Discharge ink was developed specifically for soft-hand printing on dark garments. Discharge is a water-based ink that bleaches the garment weave while depositing pigment. The look of the final print is quite different from traditional plastisol prints. The end print is more muted, the colors are flatter, and the edges of the screen stencil tend to soften through the production run. Butt-to-butt registration is not guaranteed. Discharge is really great for vintage looking prints with lose designs. Tight logo style graphics aren’t ideal for discharge printing.

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    September 23, 2019 7:01:00 AM CDT

    5 Tips To Preparing An Illustrator File For Your Contract Decorator


    Screen printers love Adobe Illustrator because the graphics are so clean and perfectly scale-able. Certain features of the program were even designed specifically for the print industry. A screen print artist or separator prepares your design file for print production, but there are some steps you should take to prepare your file for the printer.

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    September 17, 2019 9:17:00 AM CDT

    The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Plastisol Ink


    Plastisol ink is a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) based system that essentially contains no solvent at all. Along with UV ink used in graphic screen printing, it is referred to as a 100% solid ink system. Plastisol is a thermoplastic ink in that it is necessary to heat the printed ink film to a temperature high enough to cause the molecules of PVC resin and plasticizer to cross-link and thereby solidify, or cure. The temperature at which most plastisol for textile printing cures at is in the range of 149 °C to 166 °C (300 °F to 330°F).

    Plastisol is the ink of choice for printing of finished goods such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and tote bags.

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