February '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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MAKING THE CUT Left: Sublimation is a popular decoration solution for athletic arm sleeves. (Image courtesy Vapor Apparel) Right: Sublimation-certified, heathered ash garments are a common request for team apparel. (Image courtesy Vapor Apparel) edge or even a fully-filled embroidered option. No matter which option you choose, make sure to follow the application instructions that your vendor offers for any of these appliqué ma- terials. SUBLIMATION MARK HUEBNER, HOOKFISH MANUFACTURING Beware of banding. These troublesome vertical lines, referred to as "banding" are a common problem in sublimated apparel decorating, including team apparel. Usu- ally this is caused by dried ink or dust in the print head. To avoid this issue, decorators should maintain a consistent maintenance and cleaning schedule with their sublima- tion printer. This will help cut down on the frequency of the lines, but also improve the life of the printer. 18 | THE TEAM SALES REPORT 2018 Right: For high-perfor- mance apparel fabrics that require extreme flexibil- ity, heat-printing decora- tors will want to use stretch heat transfer vinyl. (Im- age courtesy Heat Trans- fer Warehouse) Far right: Heat-printed numbers are a common request for team apparel decoration. (Image courtesy Heat Transfer Warehouse)

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