March '17

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2 0 1 7 M A R C H P R I N T W E A R || 27 creation. Cost only becomes a factor when the price is so low and the design is so complicated that the digitizer isn't willing to put in the necessary time and effort due to the price received. In reality, the price of the design is insignificant. It all comes down to the digitizer's understanding of the entire process. There is no substitute for proper training and experience. One of the best ways a digitizer can enhance his or her skills is to watch the designs they create stitch out on the embroidery machine. Seeing the end result in action magnifies both the good and bad elements within a design. HOW CAN I HELP ENSURE I RECEIVE A DESIGN WITH THE HIGHEST-POSSIBLE QUALITY? The more detailed you are with the digitizing request, the better the chance you receive a quality file. Always specify initial size, fab- ric, design colors, garment colors, and indicate any areas that will have special effects such as 3D foam or appliqué. If an area of the design should be left void (garment color showing through), be sure to specify that as well. WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN LOOKING FOR A DIGITIZER? Look for a digitizer who will provide de- signs that run well and look great. Don't ask for sample files to test, as any intelli- gent businessperson will always put their best foot forward and send a design that is flawless. Make the investment and send a minimum of three actual designs to a digitizer and evaluate embroidery qual- ity, machine efficiency, and overall service. This will give a good barometer of the likelihood of continuing the relationship. SHOULD I BRING DIGITIZING IN- HOUSE? Many factors weigh into this decision. However, if you do decide to bring digi- tizing in-house, take the time to learn the process and don't try to do too much, too quickly. Continue to outsource the diffi- cult designs and work on the easy designs. As you gain proficiency, start taking on slightly more difficult work until you can digitize the amount of work you feel com- fortable doing. Always do a test sewout prior to running actual production. In fact, it might take a series of edits and new sewouts before you are pleased with the result. Re- member, just because you bring digitizing in-house does not mean that you can't still outsource more complicated or time-consuming designs. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM UNHAPPY WITH THE QUALITY OF MY FINISHED DESIGN? If you are unhappy with a design you receive from your digitizer, first examine the sewout scan. Second, make sure your machine is running at its best and that the proper backing, hooping, and top- ping is being utilized. Then, evaluate the issue and report back to the digitizer with a scanned copy of your sewout and notes of the components used. Always remember that quality is a result of the digitizing; the equipment, operator, and each segment should be evaluated before making a judgment. Vastex light-, medium- and heavy-duty screen printing equipment lines include: presses in 1 to 10 stations/colors, athletic numbering systems, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, LED exposing units, screen drying cabinets, screen registration systems, wash-out booths and utility equipment. 1-800 4 VASTEX +1-610-434-6004 SALES@VASTEX.COM VASTEX.COM EE-0718 • LittleRed X1-30 (shown) with single heater: up to 130 plastisol-printed images or 45 discharge-printed images/hr • LittleRed X2-30 with two heaters: up to 260 plastisol-printed images or 90 discharge-printed images/hr DIGITALLY CONTROLLED EXPANDABLE AND ULTRA-FAST

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