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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Canned Cleverness

We printed some sample Nano shirts for Hanes and we at one point discussed some clever packaging ideas, but I forgot about all that until today when a can of Nano arrived. They are nice soft shirts that actually fit more than teenagers and I enjoyed receiving the clever packaging that promotes these good shirts. Unlike many promo shirts this Nano is nice enough that
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Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season – Part III

Here is my third post, some final refections as the busy trade show season is mostly over. The biggest trends of the past ten years have been related to digital printing and to concerns about the effects of printing and garments on the environment. Developments in the environmental realm seem to have slowed down, but still do continue and I assure you they will not stop.
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Mis-Print Monday: Spoilage Management

What do you do with all those mis-prints and/or defects?  Most shops just turn them into test prints and then into rags, right?  What’s the matter with that?… As a contract decorator we have a responsibility to our customers to handle their product in a professional and accountable manner whether it’s before, during, or post production.  Here’s how its done: – During a print run misprints
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How to Safely Open a Box. Really.

This seems really stupid, but I see people open boxes wrong all the time. If you are not careful you will either cut yourself or cut the items in the box. It is easy to do correctly, but for some reason everyone does it ass backwards. 1. Get a sharp knife, razor, box cutter, whatever. Contrary to some folks opinion, usually a dull knife is
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Warning: Knives are Sharp!

Some years ago we did some work for a major sporty retail brand. At one point they added to their huge book of rules that we had to put a piece of cardboard inside every box, so that they could slice open the boxes (recklessly) and not cut a shirt. I asked if instead we could do a sticker that said, “Be Careful A******.* Instead
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