That’s Just Not True


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. We’ll dig down into a fun subject titled “That’s Just Not True” where we’ll talk about myths and misinformation throughout our industry. We will cover several different techniques, like Embroidery, Direct to Garment, Sublimation and more. We don’t need to name names, just want to clear up some things and try to get the correct information shared. We know many times there are lots of ways to do things, but we are trying to get to the best way to do things so people can maximize their profits.

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That’s Just Not True

Terry: Screen Printing

-You only need to degrease a brand new screen

-Always coat with the round side of the scoop coater

-LED exposure units are the end-all-be-all of exposing screens

-Never thin your plastisol inks

-Eco-friendly printers use water based inks

Aaron: Sublimation

-400 Degrees all the time

-All Polyester is the same for sublimation

-The real costs in Sublimation is the time

-Use an off the shelf Hammermill Paper

-Use a Teflon sheet for heating to save money on blow-out paper

-Would recommend not using Craft Paper

Embroidery – Thanks to Erich Campbell, DecoNetwork

  1. I never call stabilizer ‘backing’ unless I forget and revert back to my bad old training days; the reason being is that the purpose of the material is to be dimensionally stable, meaning it shouldn’t stretch no matter what angle you pull it- there will be some give, but a good piece of stabilizer doesn’t have one angle that’s weak; that’s why it’s important that the fibers are ‘nondirectionally’ laid. On that same note, just because something looks like a stabilizer or topping, doesn’t make it a good substitute; even if you end up with OK results in some instances, spent dryer sheets, coffee filters, and the like aren’t as stable as a commercial stabilizer, and may leave fibers or residues on and in your machine.
  2. It’s not likely good for radio, but a huge one is that you never need to put stabilizer in a structured cap, or that you only have to put a small swatch behind the front area of a cap’s crown unless you are decorating the sides, but it actually does serve a purpose; particularly on wide-format cap frames, the only points of vertical stability are the posts in the back- to get a stable surface to embroider and to keep the cap from shifting, having a piece of stabilizer that wraps from post to post is the best option, as it creates a cylinder that’s tied in to the frame not just on the bottom as it would if there were only a swatch behind the crown, but also to those two posts to which you clamp the loose material of the cap. meaning that the stabilizer is attached in both the horizontal and vertical aspects of the frame. WIth that stiff cylinder of stabilizer there, the entire cap has support; even on a structured cap, the sides don’t have that support material. This also means that if you underlay when you first start the design, you attach that loose hat crown to this stable cylinder, making it less likely to shift for the entire run.
  3. A slightly easier one to explain; folks coming from the home market too often ‘float’ their garments. This means that rather than securely hoop material, they hoop some stabilizer and use adhesives to stick down their garments over the hoop. This is done because they are trying to avoid ripples and puckers that actually can occur if you over-stretch a garment when you hoop it; the problem is that it’s much less stable than actually hooping the garment. We’ve been hooping since the dawn of embroidery because it arrests the movement of the fabric and makes the decoration area flat and stable. When you float; your garment is entirely reliant on the sticking power of adhesive to resist the forces pulling and pushing on your garment during embroidery. If the problem is with the ‘hoop burn’ or marks left on the garment’s face by the hoop, steaming usually removes the worst  ‘burns’, but you can avoid them by hooping a piece of stabilizer atop the garment with a ‘window’ cut out for the decoration area. You can re-use these ‘windows’ over and over, and they prevent abrasion. There are reasons to ‘float’ materials that can’t withstand the hoop or won’t allow the hoop to attach for some reason, but it’s not the best way to run.

Aaron: Vinyl and Bling

-You can’t do small details with vinyl

-You can layer all vinyls

-All Rhinestones are the same

-Kids clothes with Bling is OK

Terry: Direct-to-Garment

Pretreatment for light shirts allows you to sublimate on 100% cotton

-Only one or two DTG machines can print on polyester

-If you don’t have clogging issues, humidity levels don’t matter

-DTG printing is replacing screen printing

-A reusable Teflon sheet will save you money over disposable Silicon coated parchment paper

-DTG ink is too expensive to make money with this process

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  • Getting Smart with Some Simple Marketing Strategies – ISS Orlando Seminar – Sept 9
  • Epson F2000 DTG Printer Training Seminar – New Philadelphia, OH – Sept 13
  • Getting Smart with Some Simple Marketing Strategies – ISS Ft. Worth Seminar – Sept 24
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  • Complete Screen Printing Business Course – Atlas Screen in Chicago – Nov 11-12

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