October '13

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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Printwear 2013 Q&A Heat Transfer When sublimating apparel, how do I get rid of the permanent line imprinted on the shirt that goes around the whole edge of my paper I pressed into the shirt? Heat-resistant foam helps prevent the "window" around heat transfers. (Image courtesy JDS Industries) Unfortunately, once that line has been pressed into the shirt, you cannot remove it by ironing or washing the shirt. But there is a way to prevent it from occurring; heat-resistant foam is a must for sublimating apparel. This dark gray foam can be cut and beveled so that the foam is slightly larger than the artwork and smaller than the paper. In short, the foam elevates the artwork, so that, under light pressure, the press applies the heat and pressure to the artwork and not the edge of the paper. The foam also provides a visual guide as to how much pressure to use. It should be compressed no more than half the thickness of the foam. When used correctly, the foam can be used repeatedly. Holly Lacher, JDS Industries Check the manufacturer recommended specs for time, temperature, pressure and how the carrier sheet should be peeled. (Image courtesy R Tape) 94 | Printwear PW_OCT13.indd 94 October 2013 9/18/13 3:05 PM

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