Chevron: A New Angle on Designer Heat Transfer Vinyl

chevron_newAs 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”

Allover Printing: It’s All Over America

AmericaShirtARTICLE_rdax_524x524By Christopher Bernat, Contributing Writer, Impressions Magazine

Allover print sublimation (AOPS) is, well, all over the place. Of course it is a trendy application on T-shirts and V-necks seen in the wholesale decorated apparel marketplace. But from burnout garments, poly-performance tops and mixed martial arts (MMA) gear to hoodies and dresses, the popularity of AOPS is rising. If you have not seen it as a new source of potential revenue, you may want to look one more time.

It’s not just enjoying success in the imprintables market. Walk into Macy’s, Belk, H&M or just about any other major clothing retailer and you will see some apparel decorated with sublimation in the store. There are multiple brands offering different types of garments for this process. The topic has been well covered in Impressions and at the Imprinted Sportswear Shows (ISS), but it has grown and changed in the past couple of seasons.

Garment decorators are getting more and more requests for allover sublimation, and declining the opportunity could have long-term ramifications. Many people are predicting it will only increase in popularity from here on out.

No matter what type of AOPS you plan to do, there are several things you will need. At a bare minimum, you will need sublimation paper, an industrial (a.k.a. large) heat press and the right garments for your target customer.

You also will need the know-how to do it properly. So let’s get started and cover a couple of important areas. Continue reading “Allover Printing: It’s All Over America”

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

So, now that everyone has recovered from eating too much turkey, opening too many presents and not having a full work week in it what seems like forever, we can settle back into things and finish up our blogging. Yay! … Continue reading

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tracytakesonSo, now that everyone has recovered from eating too much turkey, opening too many presents and not having a full work week in it what seems like forever, we can settle back into things and finish up our blogging. Yay!

Direct to garment is next…. so, what is DTG, you ask? It’s the process of printing directly onto the substrate and  it’s becoming more popular every day. As the equipment evolves and allows you to do dark colors as well as lights – it’s attracting more and more users. In DTG, the shirt is stretched over a frame and kept in a tunnel area, which is below a set of print heads. The garment is then printed, just like an ink jet printer would print onto paper, only it’s printing directly the garment. You can print single color designs pretty economically using this equipment. Most DTG machines use a drop-on-demand type inkjet technology. DTG machines have sealed bulk ink cartridge systems that can drop variable size ink drops, depending on the textile you’re printing.

The thousands of screen printers that have bought this equipment use them for their strengths. DTG machines love short runs and photorealistic images. A screen printer would have a hard time doing this without it.

And look – Negative Nancy is back!

CONS: These machines are pricey – between $15,000-$25,000 typically! Expensive per shirt cost and slow printing means a higher price per individual shirt! Clogging print heads are a problem. With such new technology, the bugs are still being worked out. You can print on dark garments, BUT you have to have the more expensive equipment that has white ink as it needs a base of white laid down prior to your colors. And lastly, you have to pre-treat your shirts with a spray beforehand, regardless of the color!

But Positive Peter says that DTG is great!

PROS:  There’s very little set up involved and it’s excellent if you want to keep your area clean!

This is a long blog… everyone still with me? Good because I’m making you check back for Part 4!

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