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How to Avoid Screen Pinholes

How to Avoid Screen Pinholes

Screen printers face a variety challenges, but there is a solution for every issue; you just have to know where to look. Pinholes represent a common screen-printing issue. They are a stencil defect that reduces production efficiency and print quality. These imperfections in the stencil are tiny, transparent dots that appear in the screens after exposure. Printers who battle pinholes spend more time and money trying to complete a job.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (580)/Comments (0)/
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The Big Debate: Push or Pull

The Big Debate: Push or Pull

A big question that every screen printer asks in his or her career is whether to push or pull a squeegee. Although there is no wrong answer because there is similar quality when the substrate is finished, this has seemed to be an ongoing debate for many years especially with beginners. Truthfully, whether you’re pushing or pulling a squeegee, there are both positive and negative effects. So, it comes down to the printer’s personal preference.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (631)/Comments (0)/
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It's the Small Things

It's the Small Things

When it comes to emulsions, paying attention to the small details makes a big difference. 

Friday, March 16, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (738)/Comments (0)/
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DTG Time-Savers

DTG Time-Savers

From pretreating to drying garments, use these tips to optimize workflow.

Saving time during production is the goal of all garment decorators. That's especially true when it comes to direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, which doesn't have a reputation as the quickest decorating technology. 

But in today's world, where customers have "I-want-it-custom," "I-want-one" and "I-want-it-now" mindsets, decorators must come to grips with the realities of short-run production. 

The following are a few things you can do to improve your production rate. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (605)/Comments (0)/
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Why Don’t Decorators Use The Newest Technologies?

Why Don’t Decorators Use The Newest Technologies?

Last year, online fashion accounted for nearly 20% of retail e-commerce sales in the United States – a total of more than $458 billion. This massive sum of business is changing expectations for apparel customers, who thirst for on-demand personalized garments that can be manufactured in small quantities and delivered at incredible speeds. “Online shopping has turned the idea of supply and demand on its head,” says Omer Kulka, VP of marketing and product strategy for Kornit, which manufactures digital inkjet printers for the apparel decoration industry. “Instead of selling what we’ve already manufactured, we’re being asked to manufacture what we’ve already sold.”


Monday, March 12, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (995)/Comments (0)/
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A DTG Q&A

A DTG Q&A

Answers to five questions about direct-to-garment printing quality, production, maintenance and more.

Thursday, March 8, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (592)/Comments (0)/
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Speeding up the Equipment-Financing Process

Speeding up the Equipment-Financing Process

Whether you’ve been in the decorated apparel game for decades or you’re just starting out, you’ve probably realized that having top-notch equipment is a vital part of your business’ success. From keeping up with the trends to providing the staples customers rely on, your equipment has to keep up. If your current equipment just isn’t enough anymore, it’s time to look into financing your next piece. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (612)/Comments (0)/
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All You Need to Know About Pretreatment

All You Need to Know About Pretreatment

As we move into 2018, the pretreatment process for D2 printing is still a major requirement. We have seen a lot of development with inks and a wider range of fabric printability combined with newer pretreatment solutions. The actual process of pretreating a garment prior to printing is something that will probably be around for a long time.


Thursday, March 1, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (650)/Comments (0)/
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Ghosting Problems: What’s the Solution?

Ghosting Problems: What’s the Solution?

Ghosting—the word that strikes terror and headaches in new and seasoned printers alike. Ghosting occurs when the screen-printing ink reacts to the dyes in the garment. This issue might not be noticeable right away, but before you know it you will find your image repeated on the backs and bottoms of your whole print job. Nothing is more embarrassing than sending a load of shirts home to a customer only to receive that dreaded phone call a day or two later.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (928)/Comments (0)/
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MagnaColours Launches Make the Switch Initiative for Screen Printers

MagnaColours Launches Make the Switch Initiative for Screen Printers

MagnaColours announces a new initiative entitled “Make the Switch,” aimed at screen printers. The program is designed to help shops transition from plastisol to water-based inks.


Friday, February 23, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (601)/Comments (0)/
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