Awards & Engraving

2012 Sublimation Report

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Offering you the most Sublimation Certified Colors in the industry, Guaranteed. 843-747-4200 Use INFO # 621 Know Your Fabrics T here are only two types of yarns that make up polyester fabrics, and these have very different appearances and feel. The first is continuous filament polyester, think fishing line, but much finer and softer. Fishing line is a mono-filament, meaning only one strand and the filament polyester that goes in apparel has multiple filaments, typically at least 68 up to as many as 400. The more filaments, the softer the fabric. These yarns usually go in to more sports and athletic apparel, giving a more sheer slick feel. This is also the type of polyester that makes most compression gear. The second type of polyester is spun Use INFO # 615 poly. This is basically filament poly chopped into staple fibers 1" to 2.5" in length and then made into a yarn. This is how cotton yarn is made as well. There are several different techniques in how to spin yarn together, and some techniques are less expensive and lower quality, and some are higher quality. Ring spun polyester has a good initial hand, but pills after as few as 2-3 washes. The best quality spun polyester yarn is air jet spun. It has the best pill rating, and when properly dyed and finished, can feel exactly like cotton. For both types of fabrics, the dyeing and finishing process is integral to how the final fabric turns out. You can take the same raw fabric, (which is called griege fabric) and completely change the weight, appearance, hand and width of a fabric. The dyeing and finishing is also where you can add perfor- mance characteristics to a fabric. Some are good and can last the life of a garment, some are not so good and can wash out in one wash. Again, price and quality dictate how your fabric will turn out. Use INFO #614 26 This alpine spruce long sleeve has image clarity and a great outdoor look.

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