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Nazdar SourceOne Announces Partners In Performance Sweepstakes Winner

Nazdar SourceOne Announces Partners In Performance Sweepstakes Winner

Nazdar SourceOne is pleased to announce the winner of the Partners In Performance Sweepstakes, Traeger Mechling of Graph-itti, Inc. – Columbia, South Carolina.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1351)/Comments (0)/
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Optimizing Art: How to Create the Best Art for Direct-to-Garment Printing

Optimizing Art: How to Create the Best Art for Direct-to-Garment Printing

When printing T-shirts with direct-to-garment printing, taking a couple of minutes to optimize art before printing can turn a typical print into something amazing. No matter which direct-to-garment printer you use, here are some basic rules that will help you achieve the best results possible.
Thursday, February 4, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (859)/Comments (0)/
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The Death of Customer Service in the Decorated Apparel Industry

The Death of Customer Service in the Decorated Apparel Industry

New article from Marshall Atkinson at atkinsontshirt.com. I’ve been thinking a lot about customer service lately.   Mostly with our supply chain. Maybe my article title is a bit dramatic, but I want to make a point.  There are superstars in this business, there are folks that are ok most of the time, and then there are those that just leave you shaking your head and mumbling to yourself.
I wrote another article about this topic, but I’m not going to publish it.  That article was about a few suppliers who have in the past two weeks udderly amazed me with their lack of customer service.  So luckily for you, I’m not using that one.  It is the written equivalent of a Yosemite Sam tirade.  “%#@*&@!%” at it’s cartoon best.
Nope, instead let’s explore the beating heart of customer service and what makes up the basic core expectations of that idea in the modern world.  Think about these below and use them for some basis to grade your suppliers.  How would they rate?  If you are a decorated apparel supplier, use this as a self-assessment.  Not trying to bitch and moan, but improvement on the supplier horizon would be a good thing.

Monday, February 1, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (967)/Comments (0)/
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What should the mesh count be on my screens when working with water-based inks?

What should the mesh count be on my screens when working with water-based inks?

With water-based inks, the goal with mesh is to achieve the most open area possible while maintaining a clean image edge. 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (894)/Comments (0)/
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Metaphorical Blinders Halt Forward Progress*

Metaphorical Blinders Halt Forward Progress*

New post from Marshall Atkinson at Atkinsontshirt.com. Lately around our shop we have been incredibly focused.  So focused in fact, that I think we’ve missed some obvious things we could have handled better.  Nothing major, but we all want to be tweaking whatever isn’t working quite right so it can be improved.  Right?
However that doesn’t happen when you are just focused on one thing.  Getting that order out.  Setting up that big ten color job because you have a client coming in for a press check in thirty minutes.  Sewing that expensive Patagonia jacket.  Perfecting that color match for a digital print.  Shipping those three skids of backpacks to the other side of the planet.  Even starting that new employee on their first day.
We do these things and they go off without a hitch.  Because we are putting the time and energy into them to make sure that the results are what we expect.
The issue though that I’m writing about today, is not catching the small problems that are occurring as we are walking by on our way to make these “important” challenges work out correctly.

Monday, January 25, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1048)/Comments (0)/
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Can I pretreat by hand, or do I need to use a pretreatment machine?

Can I pretreat by hand, or do I need to use a pretreatment machine?

You can pretreat by hand, but the variability of manually pretreating can cause issues. One issue is that you really do not know how much pretreatment you are applying to the shirt, which is one of the most important aspects of properly pretreating—specific amounts of pretreatment are required to get “the perfect print.”
Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (926)/Comments (0)/
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Tips for Attending a Trade Show

Tips for Attending a Trade Show

Attending a trade show is, without a doubt, a great way to grow your business. Whether you’re going to classes, making purchases, or networking, these events are full of opportunities. Because trade shows can be so exciting it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget the basics. That’s why it’s always a good reminder to come with a plan and be well prepared. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to successfully enjoy a trade show.
Monday, January 18, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (888)/Comments (0)/
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Affordable Special Effect Printing Options

Affordable Special Effect Printing Options

Special effect printing can set a printer apart from their competition and generate excitement from clients. The challenge is that many special effect inks have higher costs associated with them, risking the loss of profit margin. Fortunately there are ways to minimize or eliminate these costs and still create that same excitement from your clients. Let’s take a look at a few strategies you can employ.
Friday, January 15, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (994)/Comments (0)/
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Printing Water-Repellent Jackets

Printing Water-Repellent Jackets

A tip recently published in “Printwear” by John Levocz.

Some jackets can have a water-repellent coating that will potentially become an issue when screen printed on. The coating is designed to help water from saturating the garment, but if it is so good that it is blocking the water from penetrating the garment, it will also inhibit the ink from bonding correctly to the jacket. If the ink is not bonding correctly, the abrasion resistance and adhesion will be compromised.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1161)/Comments (0)/
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Five Minutes

Five Minutes

New post from Marshall Atkinson at Atkinsontshirt.com. How long does excellence take?  Sometimes it can stretch out for hours or days, but on the other hand sometimes it’s just a few moments of your time.  We’re all “busy”, but are we too busy to do the right thing?  Are we too busy to spend five minutes on improvement?  What can you make better?

Here’s a brainstorm dump on things you can do in your shop in five minutes that just might make the difference between ok and freakin’ awesome.

Monday, January 11, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (976)/Comments (0)/
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