When I was primarily involved with screen printing and direct to garment printing, I was a huge proponent of 100% cotton t-shirts. I really didn’t think I could ever come to love those polyester shirts. But due to companies like Vapor Apparel, Under Armor and others, polyester performance wear has really started to take a hold of me. Now that my days are filled with sublimation inks and vinyl, instead of pretreatment and plastisol, I have been exposed to so much more polyester fabric that I almost feel like I nearly missed the boat. Using digital transfers on performance fabrics is a broad subject, so let’s start off by talking about some of the many different types of garments that are polyester based and the types of material that you can use to decorate those items. Continue reading “Digital Transfers onto Performance Fabrics”
As all of you already know, Coastal likes to stay hip with the newest fashions and designs that are currently on the market! Can you guess what the new, hot pattern is this year? KIDDING. This is not a test so I won’t make you guess, I’ll just tell you – it’s CHEVRON! I can almost guarantee you’ve seen this print, even if the word “Chevron” sounds completely foreign to you. It’s everywhere, probably because it has such an eye-appealing look! It looks great on clothing, accessories, and just about anything else you can heat press. Now, as if this fashion advice I gave wasn’t good enough news, I have better…we now have Chevron Heat Transfer Vinyl IN STOCK! In multiple colors I might add!
Now, I know what you’re thinking… this vinyl looks awesome on the roll, but is it really going to look that good on a small design on my shirt? As the background design on a bag? The answer is YES.
And while I’m reading your mind, the next question you are going to ask is…is it meant more for small intricate designs, or big all over coverage designs on an item? The answer is BOTH. Continue reading “Chevron: A New Angle on Designer Heat Transfer Vinyl”
Now, what else is left?
Oh yes, vinyl transfers. You will need a vinyl cutter to cut the material and a heat press to apply it. You can find vinyl in a wide range of colors, prints, glitters, fluorescents, reflectives, puffs, and so on. There are different vinyls for different substrates – from nylon and cotton to spandex and polyester. Vinyl is very popular in the athletic apparel market, in applying pre-cut names, numbers and logos to athletic jerseys. Continue reading “Tracy Takes On…. “I’m Confused, Tell me What I Need?” Part VI”