Coastal Launches Offering of Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl Sheets [PRESS RELEASE]

ST. LOUIS, MO – Coastal Business Supplies targets the crafting and hobbyist market by offering a selection of Siser heat transfer vinyl products in 12” sheets. Popular colors in the EasyWeed, EasyWeed Stretch and Glitter vinyl product ranges are stocked by the sheet, making efficient and convenient purchasing possible for customers with Silhouette and Cricut setups.

 

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“Our biggest priority at Coastal is offering the products our customers need to succeed and ensuring they get them as quickly as possible,” says Coastal Marketing and Communications Manager Candis Spraul. “We recognized that many of our lifelong vinyl customers utilize desktop production setups for their small businesses and crafting endeavors, so we made it a goal to provide them with supplies that are perfect for their needs.”

Previously, Coastal’s customers could only purchase heat transfer vinyl by the roll. For those individuals seeking the HTV supplies needed for small runs or craft projects with multiple colors, purchasing specific vinyl colors in bulk can sometimes be inconvenient and unnecessary.

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“We realize that the demand for custom one-offs is on the rise, and not every customer is regularly producing large-quantity runs,” says Spraul. “Anyone can get their hands on a vinyl cutter these days and we want to make sure we offer the supplies people need to let their creativity reign – whether that means adding small accents to a larger design, or fulfilling a small order of shirts. Coastal is there to support and supply everyone with the tools for success, from the crafting weekend warriors, to the Etsy start-ups, to your favorite t-shirt store.”

Want to learn more about Coastal’s new selection of Siser heat transfer vinyl sheets? Visit www.coastalbusiness.com or give their Customer Success Team a call at (800) 562-7760.

Introducing the all new Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer

Epson F2000 Direct to Garment PrinterCoastal Business Supplies, Inc. is excited to announce to our customers the release of the new Epson F2000 Direct to Garment printers. We are excited to show you the advances in technology and the hard work that Epson has put into this machine. We have spent years saying that DTG was not ready for the masses and we are excited to finally be able to change our tune. Continue reading “Introducing the all new Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer”

Tracy Takes On…“I’m Confused, Tell me What I Need?” Part IV

We’re going to now move into the world of sublimation….everyone thinks this is a gift to fix all. Don’t be so sure! Sublimation is the process of an ink turning into a gas, penetrating the fibers in the garment when … Continue reading

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tracytakesonWe’re going to now move into the world of sublimation….everyone thinks this is a gift to fix all. Don’t be so sure!

Sublimation is the process of an ink turning into a gas, penetrating the fibers in the garment when heated, becoming a permanent part of that item and then sealing into the fibers of that item once it’s completely cooled. Sublimation was originally thought to be a process to apply images onto hard surface items only, such as ceramics, metals, certain plastics, and hardboard materials but it’s become very popular with large format users who are doing customized garments. Anything from jerseys, t-shirts, swimsuits, towels, blankets, floor mats/car mats and tote bags are just some examples of the growing industry.

Small desktop printers range from 8.5” x 14” systems up to 13” x 19” with optional bypass trays that are available. Epson and Ricoh are the main brands of sublimation printers (see all of our small format sublimation-compatible printers HERE). Epson printers are equipped with a Piezo print head technology. Micro Piezo print heads feature microscopic piezoelectric actuators that are built behind the print nozzles. When an electrical charge is applied to them, the piezoelectric elements bend backward, drawing precise amounts of ink from the ink chamber into the firing chamber. When the electrical pulse is reversed, the piezoelectric elements bend the opposite way very rapidly, propelling the ink out of the nozzles at high speed. This helps with clogging issues since sublimation ink is a little thicker than regular OEM inks. A handful of Epson printers are also able to be equipped with bulk refill systems, which use bags of ink instead of cartridges. This will drastically cut down your cost per print as we all know how small some inkjet printer cartridges can be!

Ricoh printers aren’t equipped with these types of print heads, but the sublimation ink used in Ricoh printers is gel-based. The ink flows more smoothly, therefore you’ll experience less clogging (if any). Although there are no bulk hookups for these printers, they are able to house a much larger cartridge size over its Epson friends.

There are also floor models on the market that are still considered smaller format (under 24”) and can run rolls of paper. Then you get into the wide format equipment, which is a whole other blog in its own. Heck, maybe we will see a wide format blog in the upcoming future!

Some CONS are, sublimation is a bad idea if you need to do dark garments! The only way to get a sublimation image onto a colored garment is if the image (ink you’re laying down) is darker than the color of the shirt. For instance, you can do black images or prints on red garments, orange, yellow, pink, blue… (make sense?)

Another downside is if you’re wanting to use a cheap ole’ shirt – nix that idea. Sublimation requires 100% polyester to get the best image and the best washability possible!

The PRO about sublimation is that it is a permanent image on your substrate! What can get better than this? No washing away, fading or cracking to worry about!

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