April '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 7 A P R I L P R I N T W E A R || 19 ironed the fabric in head one using the hot-head iron to tray and avoid this, and then again with the heated roller after the first white and flash station. The second white screen went down without a hitch. Smooth as silk. Screens were both N-166 at 45 N/cm2 with minimal off-contact and pressures using 65/90/65 triple-ply, dual durometer squeegees. We ran the back of the order after getting the approval. Done! Then, the left-chest design happened. We never want to think an- other printer would purposely mess up the seps to the point of sabo- tage. But since we know the customer originally received a quality art and separations from our friend who referred us in the first place, what are we to think? Supposedly, the art and seps were ready to go. The last screen printer printed this job multiple times and gave her the file back upon request. We ignored the second clue. After making screens in a typical manner and upon setting the left chest up, we were running a little blind since we didn't have a good picture or proof of how the art was supposed to look. Strike three! After some micro adjustments, several pieces looked as if some- body purposely reconfigured the separations so they wouldn't work. Problems included areas of transitions that had been taken out, and a lot of the black was printing on top of the white where it wasn't supposed to be. Something weird was going on with all the outlines, too. When we showed the client and the artist who did the original seps the results of the setup, they were both completely baffled and did not know what had happened. The customer assured us when she had it printed before it was OK. We went back to the file and looked over the places we mentioned and what was missing. There

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