Heat printing continues to grow as an apparel decoration technology.
Most apparel decorators are familiar with direct screen printing and heat transfers, but many are uncertain about which method is best for their businesses.
Heat transfers are produced by printing transfer ink onto a substrate transfer paper or film.
It only takes one visit to a retail clothing store to see the numerous varied clothing items available for purchase that have a printed image located somewhere on each garment.
Expression in sports comes not only from pregame rituals and post-game celebrations, but also from uniforms. Teamwear continues to evolve and so do the decorators who supply them.
Decorating T-shirts with heat transfers isn’t a new endeavor by any means, but the fashionable garments worn by women today are comprised of a wide range of fabrics.
When Plastisol heat transfers were developed for decorating garments in the 1960s, they were mainly used for embellishing white T-shirts, since colored tees weren’t in demand yet.
Time is money, so optimizing your printer/cutter workflow to ensure you are working efficiently means you also will be ensuring profitability.
Dye migration is a typical problem when it comes to decorating polyester. Generally, the darker or brighter the color, the more likely it is to occur.
Jim Tenholder is dealer sales manager at Imaging Supplies Warehouse, Maryland Heights, Mo.