October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 49 can be interpreted in a number of ways. To ensure that you receive the high- est-quality and most accurate design possible, take the following into consid- eration. 1. Size is definite, not ish. Always state the exact size for the design. Left chest or cap is not a size. Also be sure a de- sign is measured proportionally to fit an area. For example, if a hat design is requested at 2" tall, be certain that 2" tall does not make the design 15" wide proportionally. It is also important to be accurate with the size request. A de- sign is digitized according to the size requested. Important functionality such as stitch types and design pathing are all based on design size. Altering the design size can sometimes produce undesirable results. 2. White is a color. What may look void on an image because it's white must be specified. Leaving an area void or filling it in is often much more than adding or eliminating thread. A de- sign is digitized differently if an area is filled versus not filled which means a great deal of work may be required to change the design if it is not done ac- cording to the customer's expectations the first time. • Does the customer expect the windows to be filled in or left open? If filled in, do they realize they will just be tiny little dots? • Does the customer expect a trim between each window or will they accept a small connecting stitch? If they expect a trim be- tween each window, it will become a production nightmare. • In looking at the bottom blue line of text, it is too small for em- broidery. Is that line a required part of the design? If so, can the design be enlarged to a point where the text will be acceptable. If yes, does the customer understand the design will be huge? • If the bottom line is not required, is the customer OK with the line being deleted? • Are the gray areas above and below the logo part of the design? Something that looks so simple can end up with many areas that 3. Material matters. Specify the material or range of materials that the design is intended to be sewn on. The properties of a design such as underlay, pull compensation, and density are incorpo- rated, based on the material that the design is being sewn on. In some cases, more than one version of a file will be required for each type of material. In most cases, the digitizer can create a single file that works on a broad range of materials. A question often arises as to why a digitizer doesn't simply do every design for a broad range of materials. The answer is that you can lose efficiency by treating every design the same. For example, a de- sign going on a light nylon will require significantly less than a design going on a thick towel. A design for a hat will need to be programmed with more color changes than a design going on continued on page 111 PW1015 Stahls' is identity from start to finish. From names to numbers, practice apparel to uniforms, training rooms to playing fields, Stahls' is your source for personalization. When Your Name is on the Line… STAHLS.COM | 800.4.STAHLS When using all icons maintain this order and font/placement of tagline. WE MAKE IT PERSONAL.

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