October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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CUTTER CONSIDERATIONS Now, on to the second half of the production pair, the cutter/plotter. There are many choices on the market, but most decorators use a 24" digital machine. If this is your first cutter, you do not want to cut corners. Make sure to properly re- search your choices. Many of the individuals I talk with want to buy a cutter on the basis of price. The other questions that pop up are re- lated to speed and how much force it applies. What decorators should also be asking is whether or not the equipment in question can produce transfers for dark substrates. There are a number of digital dark heat transfer papers that can be imaged with both color laser and inkjet printers. To produce an acceptable decoration for dark fabrics, however, these papers need to be cut and weeded to avoid the overall white background. In cutter parlance, it's known as contour cutting. To contour cut printed heat transfers, your cutter must have an optical positioning eye to Above right: Both laser and inkjet printer transfers can handle a number of home washings before showing fading or wear. Below and right: New printers allow for refillable ink tanks. 24 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 GRAPHICS HOT SPOT

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