Awards & Engraving

2016 Custom Gift Annual

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Personalizing BAGS STEP ONE: Choosing the right platen for your bag can make heat printing faster. This heat press had a 16-by-20- inch platen, which is too large. Here, using a quick release lever, the existing platen is being removed. If you don't have a smaller platen, pillows and pads can be used. STEP TWO: An 8-by-10-inch platen is placed on the heat press. This size is great for smaller tote bags and purses or for larger bags with a pocket. It takes less than a minute to switch out a platen. STEP THREE: Notice that this style of heat press has an elevated "throat" that allows the bag to be opened for threading onto the platen. When you can thread the bag onto the lower platen versus having to use a pad or pillow, it is much faster and easier to heat press. It also makes it easier to avoid buckles, zippers and decorative buttons. /////// STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// STEP FOUR: This bag is made out of a cotton canvas fabric. A glitter cutter material was chosen to create the monogram. Not all heat-applied materials adhere to every type of fabric, so make sure you know what the bag is made of and if it has a waterproof coating or other type of finish on it. The clear carrier sheet makes it easy to position the graphic on the bag. STEP FIVE: Once the transfer is in position, cover with a Kraft paper or silicone-coated cover sheet. This protects the press from ink and extra adhesive getting on the upper platen. It also can protect against scratches if there is anything decorative on the bag. 46 • A&E MID-JUNE 2016

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