Blasting…i.e. spot removal.

If you get a spot of ink on a shirt you can sometimes get rid of it. Screenprinters have different names for it, you blast it out, you shoot it out, you use spot remover, you use dry cleaning fluid… See the label of many of your shirts, “Do Not Dry Clean.” That’s because dry cleaning will remove most inks from shirts. We use a
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Seeing Your Work Come to Life (Fruition…)

You work hard with a customer and months later if you are lucky you get to see the fruits of your labor (pun intended.) All the pieces we worked on for the new Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House were on display during their opening week. The stuff really looked good in the store and it was cool to see people trying the garments on, carry
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SGIA Expo Atlanta 2015 – San Mar and Garments You Can Decorate, What a Concept!

My mind is boggled by companies that don’t even test their products before selling them to screenprinters and embroiderers. If you can’t hoop the left chest, or a material scorches your fancy lightweight fabric at any temperature, what good is it to us? On the other hand, San Mar has a great guy Mark Bailey working on their garments full time, instructing decorators and listening
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The Wrong Garment: You are What You Wear (for better or worse.)

In December 2012 the Houston Texans wore letterman jackets to New England. Supposedly the jackets symbolized a high school vibe of being together to win, but unfortunately it came to mean they play like they are still in High School. They were 11-1 then, the Patriots schooled them that week and they never recovered. The Dolphins beat the the Texans last week including leading 41-0
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A Cheap Fix – How to Make a Scorched Shirt Go Back to White

Whether by flash or by dryer, you can easily scorch shirts, which means the top hairs are slightly burned and give it a tan cast. If it is anything but a white shirt, the shirt is ruined. Don’t waste your time trying to fix it. Very slight scorching is very hard to see unless you have good light, it is a good reason to have
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Stop Panicin’ and Get a Mannequin

From our pal Brett Bowden of Printed Threads: Something that I have struggled with for a long time is placement.  Where is the perfect place to start a print.  Is it 4 fingers from the collar?  Are my hands a normal size?  When struggling to decide if something is printed in a spot that will look good when wearing, sometimes you just have to put
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Dye Migration, the Screenprinter’s Nemesis. Part 3. Silicone as a Partial Solution

The previous two posts were about how to test for dye migration, the scourge of screenprinters everywhere. There is a quick test using a heat press and some plasticizer, and then a medium length test of putting a printed shirt on your dryer, and then there is the real world test of letting the shirt sit around for a week or two or three. So
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Dye Migration, the Screenprinter’s Nemesis. Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about the problems we are all seeing with dye migration, the dye of the shirts going into the ink we print on all the myriad of types of fabric that we now have to print on. The post gave instructions for a test using plasticizer and a heat press. Further testing is perhaps required. 1. To accelerate the dye migration process, put
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Dye Migration, the Screenprinter’s Nemesis. Part 1

Dye migration is one of the biggest issues in screenprinting these days. I get more calls to help with this problem than with any other. It can be really insidious, as you can sometimes print and it doesn’t show up for weeks. I”ll cover a few topics this week, starting with testing the fabric. We previously covered a test for dye migration in an earlier
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This Guy Started Our Industry on This Day

A wonderful way to start the day is by receiving the Writer’s Almanac via email There is a great poem and then some incredibly well-written history and seven days a week there it is in your inbox when you wake up. Today there is some history on the patron saint of the garment industry, Isaac Singer. Isaac Singer patented his first sewing machine on this
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