October '14

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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20 1 4 O ctO b e r Printwear | 81 speed, and work up from there. Once you have found the perfect settings for that fabric, save them in your laser software, so you can start processing immediately the next time you use that material. Another way to process deli- cate materials is to make sure you have a high-quality laser. Josh stephens, trotec What properties and fea- tures should distributors look for when determining which fleece to suggest to clients? What is the best decoration method for fleece? Fleece is popular because of its versa- tility. It can be worn during multiple seasons as a mid-layer or an outer layer. Fleece is popular in the promotional-ap- parel industry due to its multifunctional purpose and perceived value. Receiving fleece as a gift feels more special than re- ceiving a T-shirt. There are numerous types of fleece available, depending on the intend- ed wearer and end use. If the client is looking for performance features, you may offer a fleece that includes mois- ture-wicking and active-inspired fea- tures, such as storm cuffs with thumb- holes. When your client is looking for warmth and comfort, an anti-pill fleece jacket offers warmth and protection. Fleece is great for many uses across all types of industries and events, including corporate events, trade shows, charities, team wear, car dealerships, and retail. Fleece can replace heavy outerwear if the end user is in a mild-temperature envi- ronment. For active end users, fleece is more comfortable and practical. For traditional anti-pill fleece, embroi- dery is the best decorating method. For a brushed-back performance fleece piece, heat transfers look great and offer a more updated, active look to the garment. elson Yeung, Ash citY/AlphAbroder With so many types of fleece, choosing the right type depends on how the end user will use the garment. (Image courtesy of Ash city/alphabroder) pw APPAREL ThE 2014 Q&A TRoubLEshooTing guidE

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