NBM Long Beach Show Recap

One of my first responsibilities at my new job was to help plan and coordinate the NBM Long Beach trade show this year. I was excited to hit the road again and see people face to face. In my past … Continue reading

One of my first responsibilities at my new job was to help plan and coordinate the NBM Long Beach trade show this year. I was excited to hit the road again and see people face to face. In my past life in the industry we didn’t go to many of the NBM shows, but I always knew that they were still pretty good shows. Well this recent trip sealed it. The NBM Long Beach 2010 convention was a hit. It was not huge, but it was big enough for what it is and there were plenty of buyers. By my count there were 173 exhibitors and according to NBM (Thanks Brandy!) there were 11,097 attendees. Admittedly we were in the Awards and Engraving side and I did talk to plenty of people from the Printwear side that were a little disappointed, but it might be them and not the show. Too many people just don’t get how to do a show, but that is another blog… Continue reading “NBM Long Beach Show Recap”

The Wonderful World of 3G Jet Opaque

3G JET-OPAQUE® Heat Transfer Paper was designed in 2009 to apply decoration to dark fabrics.  The thorough evaluation of prototypes, trial runs and finished products included evaluation on synthetic fiber t-shirts.  100% cotton, 50/50 blend and 100% synthetic fiber garments … Continue reading

3G JET-OPAQUE® Heat Transfer Paper was designed in 2009 to apply decoration to dark fabrics.  The thorough evaluation of prototypes, trial runs and finished products included evaluation on synthetic fiber t-shirts.  100% cotton, 50/50 blend and 100% synthetic fiber garments were used in the evaluation. Performance fabrics that contain lycra were not included since this is a film transfer and not designed to be breathable.

The dyes used for polyester fiber have a tendency to sublimate if they are heated very hot.  To reduce this, it is recommended that the application temperature be reduced and the dwell time be increased.  Since the amount of dye, type of dye and how readily it sublimes varies significantly across the number of products available we recommend starting with 350 F and working down in 25 degree increments until the dye no longer sublimes.  As the temperature decreases increase the dwell time from 30 seconds to insure that the transfer is bonded and will have good wash-durability.   Continue reading “The Wonderful World of 3G Jet Opaque”

Ups and Downs of Working From Home

Having run my own small business and having other positions where I worked from home, I have thought about the ups and downs of working from your house. I also understand that working from your home is sometimes the most … Continue reading

Having run my own small business and having other positions where I worked from home, I have thought about the ups and downs of working from your house. I also understand that working from your home is sometimes the most affordable way to get your small business off the ground, so I know that many of you reading this most likely work from home. Continue reading “Ups and Downs of Working From Home”