Solvy Salvation

When you have a coarse weave such as an acrylic knit hat or pique knit polo shirt, you can get the embroidery to come out well with digitizing if you are a jedi master of embroidery, but a simple “trick” for mere mortals is to use Solvy on the surface. Solvy is a plastic film manufactured for the embroidery industry. It is placed on top
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Dye Migration Mitigation

A big shoutout to Mike Parker of The Brand Design Co. (Claremore, OK) for submitting these photos showing successful dye migration mitigation.  The top photo shows a print utilizing two base layers of Rutland Super Poly White which, while formulated for printing on 100% polyester, was not enough to block the dye migration on this very difficult substrate.  Mike had success, as shown in the bottom photo, by
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TBT – Simple Isn’t Necessarily Easy (Marty Bailey)

TBT – This appeared almost exactly one year ago. Marty Bailey (left) is the CMO of American Apparel. He’s the man behind the scenes there.  He is a big part of their success and also in how they treat their workers. (It is simple, he said once, “respect everyone.”)  I asked him about ten years ago about using Aerospace Quality Circle methods in textile manufacturing.
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Printed Threads

Stuck in Dallas by a big snowstorm I took advantage of it and visited Brett Bowden and his shop Printed Threads. I saw creative prints. I saw good quality basic prints. I saw a cool guy doing cool stuff.     The idea of Brett’s that I got most charged up about was his “Petey’s Secret Shirt Society”  the website is www.theshirtsociety.com   He makes a cool shirt every
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Hot Market Heartbreak

Here’s the scenario:  Presses are ready, staff is ready, all are watching the game and the air is filled with tension.  In the last seconds the game is lost.  No printing, go home.  It’s truly disappointing, both emotionally and financially, when your team does not win in a hot market situation.  Come game day you’ve already invested a significant amount of time and money into
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