July '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 8 J U LY P R I N T W E A R || 29 rics. Very thin materials look great on synthetic fabrics but often present issues on cotton. When used for larger coverage areas, a material that is too thin will often leave a wrinkled appearance when laundered. COMPOSITION Materials can be comprised of PU (polyurethane) or PVC (poly- vinyl chloride). PU-based materials are typically safe for laser cut- ting, most often able to be layered, and safe for children's apparel (CPSIA compliant). Most major brands are PU based, however, some inexpensive products in the market are still PVC based. PVC-based products are typically thick and manufactured on a non-sticky carrier making fine detail in a design a major challenge. Additionally, layering of PVC materials is not recommended. CUTABILITY Heat transfer films are typically easier to cut if they do not stretch and will leave some room for error. Stretchy materials will require accuracy in cutting. Typically, a sharp blade at the proper extension and downforce will create success and allow for fine detail. A prod- uct with an extra sticky backing and no stretch is easier for a nov- ice to achieve detail. Also, not all cutters are created equal. A cutter with a stepper motor is typically inferior with material handling and cutting accuracy, which often causes additional issues with weeding. Servo motors are preferred for stretchy films. WEEDABILITY The ease of weeding is largely opinion based. It can vary from user to user and be impacted by cutting accuracy, design size, and com- If you make or sell decorated apparel, THIS embroidery and apparel decoration trade show is for you! August 17-18, 2018 Music City Center Nashville, TN Hotel Reservations: 800-866-7396 FREE Training and Demonstrations by Exhibitors Register online at WWW.EmbroideryMart.COM $20/person for both days; NNEP members/no charge NNEP membership is NOT required to attend. NNEP membership is NOT required to attend. C E L E B R A T I N G O U R 22nd YEAR Register Today PRESEN TED BY

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