February '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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14 | THE TEAM SALES REPORT 2018 work well with stretchy, smooth fabrics. Carbon blockers (water-based and plas- tisol): Typically available in gray or black, these inks physically block the dyes of fabrics. Using carbon blockers may also require multiple flashes and multiple low- cure inks or plastisol whites may be neces- sary for a successful print. Controlling temperature and chamber times are crucial. Follow the recommended times from each ink manufacturer closely. "This can sometimes be as much as three minutes in the chamber," notes Winters. Stretch additives may be necessary to prevent ink from cracking. For extremely stretchy fabrics, silicone can be a good so- lution. With any decoration discipline, mak- ing sure correct sizes are organized is essential for team apparel. (Image courtesy Heat Transfer Warehouse) Above: Tools like this custom order form with all the core specs for embroidered team apparel can help minimize confu- sion with the client. (Image courtesy Erich Campbell) Left: Em- broiderers can take advantage of revenue streams from higher- end team garments like varsity jackets which often demand more intricate name/ number customiza- tion. (Image courtesy Erich Campbell) Decorators can use the naming/numbering function found in most embroidery software programs to produce efficient, accurate team orders. (Image courtesy Erich Campbell) MAKING THE CUT

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