Pick Your Poison: The Accessories of Heat Pressing

People have been asking about when they should be using certain accessories. Mainly Nomex vs. foam, silicon vs. teflon, and when a teflon pillow is best used. So let’s break down each item and find out their strengths and weaknesses.

Nomex Felt Pads

Nomex is a material found in a great deal of heat resistant safety gear. This makes it an ideal material to help cushion you Substrate. The material is incredibly dense and can withstand a great deal of compression and still bounce back. This means you can place it into your shirts, onesies, hats and other gear to help even out those seams without worry. It is also cutable so you can custom cut the pad to whatever substrate you are using. There are a few downsides to this potion_bottlesimgmaterial, one is that it does absorb sublimation ink, which means it can the re-release that ink onto whatever substrate you’re using. This leads us to another weakness, its price. A great product does come at a price, which makes this a costly yet worthwhile replacement if it gets ruined.

Foam Pillows

Foam pillows are an inexpensive alternative to the Nomex pads. Now while they can perform a lot of the same roles that the Nomex they do lack in the amount of bounce back due to not having the same density that the Nomex does. They also have the absorption problem that the Nomex has. Though, at the low cost of this product and the wide variety of sizes they are a must have for any shop.


Teflon sheets are great multi-tools. They protect your top plate when using opaque transfers and keep ink off your bottom platen during sublimation. They also give you that little added weight when placing transfers on shirts, which also means it, will keep your sublimation sheets down and help eliminate ghosting when bringing the platen up. The Teflon also has the nice bonus effect of adding a glossy effect to your heat transfers. Simply place it over your shirt after pressing and press for an additional 10 seconds.

Silicon Sheets

Silicone sheets have many uses, including protecting images during heat pressing, avoiding sublimation ink bleeding onto your heat press or bleeding between fabric layers. A silicone sheet can be used multiple times (approximately 5-10 times) until you feel that is no longer usable from either discoloration or ink coverage. Silicon sheets also have the ability to add a matte finish to your heat transfers. Simply place it on the image after pressing and press again for about 10 seconds.

Pet Apparel: More Popular Than You May Think!

Come on now… everyone loves Fido! And what pup doesn’t want to be the coolest dog at the dog park?

If you have a pet, you will understand exactly what I’m getting at here.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 63% of households in the US have at least one pet. Those pet owners spend in excess of $55 billion dollars on pet products every year. If we spend that much on Fido, just think about the niche market you could be missing out on!

With the drop in our economy, people were more apt to feed their pets before they buy cutesy clothes for them but now that our economy is recovering, pet apparel has rebounded nicely and seems to continue to grow out of control. Continue reading “Pet Apparel: More Popular Than You May Think!”

T-Shirt Varieties…So Many Choices!

So, I was handed a magazine today to read a particular story. The model on the front cover caught my eye, since he had such nice eyes himself, then inside he was modeling several different types of shirts and I thought, with all these options… hey, wait! I think I have my next blog!

There are so many t-shirts out there, how do you find the right one? I know everyone has asked this question at least once if you work in any of the t-shirt printing industries.

Decades ago, there was only one – it was white and meant for wearing underneath other clothing as a, let’s say… undergarment. There wasn’t much of a decision to be made on which shirt to buy, but when Hanes introduced its t-shirts to the imprintable sportswear industry in 1970, that all began to change. Continue reading “T-Shirt Varieties…So Many Choices!”