Squeegeeville

I met Andy MacDougal for the first time at the SGIA this year. He clearly is a talented screenprinter, a good guy and a funny guy. He has a cool website called Squeegeeville with among other things a good basic screenprinting book and simple equipment, in particular a great simple vacuum table set up for printing posters.  If you buy his book it has the plans in the
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SGIA Expo Atlanta 2015 – LED, Textured Digital Prints, and Cool Little Damn Bulbs

I saw some cool stuff at SGIA today. This is first of a few posts from here in Atlanta. Saati has a point source light that is LED, super fast exposure, constant exposure, energy saving, and what I like, super simple design. You can even control it from your phone via bluetooth if the control unit goes down. That’s Ross Balfour who has a cool
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Mis-print Monday We’re Just Working for the Weeken

Today’s post comes from our pal Brett Bowden of Printed Threads. Everybody’s working for the weeken We have been really busy lately.  It always seems like when you have no time for problems, that is when problems arise.   The other night we were printing shirts after business hours when we realized a small problem.   Our art departments weary eyes missed a spelling error.
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Mis-Print Monday: Chickens Coming Home to Roost

When you are printing millions of shirts annually it doesn’t matter how tight QC is, some mis-prints will slip through the cracks.  Typically we are shipping to a distribution center where additional QC inspections are performed and any mis-prints are be caught, and yet, some mis-prints will still slip through.  Surely we’ve all noticed this browsing printed tees on retail racks from Target to Nordstrom.  At the point
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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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Sawgrass Sold

Industry sublimation company Sawgrass Industrial was just bought by the JK Group. That makes them the biggest digital sublimation group in the world. According to the JK prez, that puts JK ,”…into a global leadership position in the digital sublimation sector and at the forefront of the textile pigment inks market development.” It sounds like Sawgrass will operate as per usual for now and not
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History Lesson

Actually, if you make a shirt like this, I would say that you need a history lesson. 1. This flag primarily came into use by racists when the civil right movement in this country finally gained some traction in the 60’s. There was a lot of hooey about states rights and ancestors, but it mainly came into use to fight integration. For example, the flag in
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The Little Guy

We recently installed press #5 at Motion Textile.  I’ve affectionately nicknamed this 8-color MHM X-Type Plus “The Little Guy” (maybe I was thinking of that Portlandia sketch?). A few thoughts on going small with this new install: Sleeves The majority of sleeve prints that we run are very simple (2-4 spot color) prints with a flash or two.  We can now schedule (almost) all sleeve print jobs on this
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End of an Era – New Buffalo Shirt Factory in NY Closing

This is the end of an era, or end of another chapter anyway. The New Buffalo Shirt Factory was the gold standard for shirt printing, specializing in highly detailed sports and rock images on black shirts. The owner Jon Weiss had a license plate that said “King of Black.” Jon sold to Gildan a couple years ago after having also moved most of the production
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