Printwear

July '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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FINISH AND FEEL Beyond micron thickness being relative to feel, there are notable dif- ferences across products. Materials with stretch typically feel softer even on natural fabrics versus those without. Also, finishes range from semi-gloss to matte, with most customers preferring a matte finish for a screen print-like effect. CARRIER The carrier does not impact the finished product but is integral in how the material performs from a production standpoint. A sticky carrier, low-tack carrier, and non- sticky carrier are three basic levels. A sticky carrier is optimal for cutting fine detail. This allows a weeding operator to keep small details such as the dot of an "i" where it needs to be or put it back if it is ac- cidentally weeded. A low-tack carrier allows for some control of fine details while having the benefit of easily stacking and separating cut pieces and moving them throughout the shop. A non-sticky carrier boasts the benefit of fast weeding, but, tradi- tionally, is not available in a hot or warm peel, which compromises some of the benefit in heat application. Most sticky carriers allow for a hot or warm peel. With a solid foundation in heat trans- fer vinyl attributes, it's time to dive in and start sampling. Try vari- ous products to see which ones customers will like. Once you have the style, consider placing a variety of colors on the shelf to en- sure a quick-turn delivery on small- quantity orders. After all, that's one of the benefits of heat transfer vinyl in the first place! from semi-gloss to matte, with most customers preferring a matte finish for a screen print-like effect. CARRIER The carrier does not impact the finished product but is integral in how the material performs from a production standpoint. A sticky carrier, low-tack carrier, and non- sticky carrier are three basic levels. A sticky carrier is optimal for cutting fine detail. This allows a weeding operator to keep small details such as the dot of an "i" With a solid foundation in heat trans fer vinyl attributes, it's time to dive in and start sampling. Try vari customers will like. Once you have the style, consider placing a variety of colors on the shelf to en sure a quick-turn delivery on small- quantity orders. After all, that's one of the benefits of heat transfer vinyl in the first place! keep small details such as the dot of an "i" keep small details such as the dot of an "i" where it needs to be or put it back if it is ac cidentally weeded. A low-tack carrier allows for some control of fine details while having the benefit of easily stacking and separating cut pieces and moving them throughout the shop. keep small details such as the dot of an "i" keep small details such as the dot of an "i" where it needs to be or put it back if it is ac- cidentally weeded. A low-tack carrier allows for some control of fine details while having the benefit of easily stacking and separating cut pieces and moving them throughout the shop. Consider the sub- strate itself when deciding what type of transfer to use. 2 0 1 8 J U LY P R I N T W E A R || 31

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