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Take the Plunge

Take the Plunge

“Screen printing is a dinosaur.” I heard those words in 2007 when I bought my first direct-to-garment (DTG) printer from the production manager of one of the largest screen-printing shops in the country.
While there have been some amazing screen-printing advancements in recent years, the discipline has its limitations in the modern garment-decoration world. I’m not saying screen printing is dead, because it’s not. High volume, speed, quality and versatility all have assured screen printing’s permanent place in garment decoration.
But DTG printing offers a flexibility and diversity that every modern print shop needs to remain competitive.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1144)/Comments (0)/
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How to Use a Spot-Cleaning Gun

How to Use a Spot-Cleaning Gun

One drop of ink, one misplaced thumbprint, one pinhole can ruin a T-shirt and cost you money. A spot-cleaning gun can save the shirt and your production run. Besides the gun, a device with a screen and exhaust (commonly sold with spot-cleaning guns) will help to hold the shirt in place and to dry the spot-cleaned area of the garment quickly. 


Monday, August 28, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1071)/Comments (0)/
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Replacement for Ryonet White?

Replacement for Ryonet White?

We’ve received numerous inquiries from customers regarding the Ryonet White. “Ryonet White” was manufactured by International Coatings. Amongst the inquiries, we’ve recently received one from a veteran screen printer of 25 years, JJ.

Monday, August 21, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1115)/Comments (0)/
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M&R’s Challenger III & i-Image S Named SGIA Products of the Year

M&R’s Challenger III & i-Image S Named SGIA Products of the Year

The M&R Companies are pleased to announce that SGIA has named Challenger III Product of the Year in the Automatic Garment Press category, and has named i-Image S Product of the Year in the in the Pre-Press (Exposure/Imaging) category.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1520)/Comments (0)/
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How can I get started with screen-printing trucker caps or baseball caps?

How can I get started with screen-printing trucker caps or baseball caps?

There are some cap companies that offer a program where they will send you the unsewn front piece of the cap, so that it can be screen printed and sent back to them for finishing. If using this route, be sure to allow enough time for the fabrication of the caps after the printed fabric pieces have been sent.


Monday, August 14, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (967)/Comments (0)/
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Optimizing Your Flash Curing

Optimizing Your Flash Curing

Learn how to increase your production while reducing cost, heat, and wasting energy.

Learn how to increase your production while reducing cost, heat, and wasting energy.
Thursday, August 10, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1036)/Comments (0)/
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DTG Printing for Branding

DTG Printing for Branding

A fun project you can tackle with your DTG is to brand your own line of shirts. Removing the existing label and printing your own custom logo or your customer’s logo in its place can give shirts that special touch.
Thursday, August 10, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (928)/Comments (0)/
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Boost Your Business with Direct to Garment Printing

Boost Your Business with Direct to Garment Printing

We live in a world of instant gratification. Consumers want it now, they want it customized and they want only as many as they need. With direct to garment printers you can deliver what consumers demand and open up new channels of sales and product lines that can make a big difference to your bottom line.
Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1067)/Comments (0)/
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DIY DTG Marketing

DIY DTG Marketing

Use these grassroots methods to entice new customers.

The demand for low-volume, custom-printed T-shirts has completely revolutionized the garment decoration industry. There have been significant improvements in the technology dedicated specifically to direct-to-garment (DTG) printing.
Because of the industry’s recent advancements in reliability and quality, it’s hard to question the viability of DTG. The demand for reliable, one-off printing capability is so strong, the question is no longer whether you should invest in DTG; it’s how to compete and ensure the success of your investment.
To market your DTG business you do not need a huge budget. Easily acquired industry relationships, a website, basic knowledge of SEO and analytics, strategic social media and creative prospecting can be just as effective as big-time marketing budgets.
Friday, August 4, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (927)/Comments (0)/
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Why & How to sharpen squeegees

Why & How to sharpen squeegees

Screen-printing companies must make a choice. Ignore the squeegee and suffer the consequences or learn as much as possible about the purpose and use of the squeegee, then profit from their knowledge
Monday, July 31, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (905)/Comments (0)/
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