October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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92 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 I am interested in the look of sequins but do not want to go to the effort and cost of having custom sequin trans - fers made. What should I do? If you're looking for the sparkle of se- quins, there are iridescent heat transfer ma- terials sold in rolls at a much lower cost. The materials are designed to be cut on a vinyl cutter and heat applied using a heat press. To create the sequin transfers with a vinyl cutter, decorators will need to have their artwork created in a ready-to-cut circle pattern, similar to a rhinestone de- sign template. The holographic materials adhere to any cotton or cotton/poly fab- ric. These iridescent materials also come in a variety of colors and can be used as a foreground to other heat-applied graphics, which makes them a great fit for women's and fashion apparel. COURTNEY MATLICK-KUBITZA, STAHLS' Iridescent vinyl heat transfers can pro- vide the same sparkling effect as sequins but can be applied easily for a lower price. (Image courtesy STAHLS') Heat Transfers & Sublimation What kind of maintenance is necessary to keep a vinyl cutter in good condition? A vinyl cutter requires very minimal maintenance compared to devices with a print head. To keep your vinyl cutter run- ning well, make sure you have your cutting blade depth set properly—no more than 2mm of the blade needs to be exposed for cutting most standard vinyl. Occasionally, you will need to replace the cutting strip on your machine. However, note that the life of the cutting strip lasts much longer when you set the blade prop- erly. If the blade is too exposed, it will put grooves into the cutting strip, which will result in skipped or missed cuts. The last thing you'll want to maintain on your vinyl cutter is the blade holder. When you cut fabric, glitter, and reflective mate- rials, some of the excess can collect in the blade holder. This can limit the freedom of the blade to pivot around corners and curves, and also will result in skipped or incomplete cuts. To clean the blade holder, simply remove the blade and spray some pressurized air into the holder to remove any debris. ZACH ELLSWORTH, STAHLS' Q & Q & Q A & A &

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