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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 (1007)/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 (1152)/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 (1028)/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 (989)/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 (1093)/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 (1270)/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 (1069)/Comments (0)/
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Visit Magna Colours in Booth 2339 at ISS Long Beach

Visit Magna Colours in Booth 2339 at ISS Long Beach

Join MagnaColours at ISS Long Beach to celebrate the most innovative accomplishments in water-based inks. See their Imagination Gallery at booth #2339. 
Friday, January 8, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1125)/Comments (0)/
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The Evolution of White Inks

The Evolution of White Inks

A look at the past and an update on trends with white textile screen-printing inks.

Nazdar SourceOne Account Executive, Rick Davis takes a look at the past and an update on trends with white textile screen-printing inks.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1419)/Comments (0)/
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Not Another Goal Setting Article

Not Another Goal Setting Article

New post from Marshall Atkinson at Atkinsontshirt.com. It’s that time of year again.  Every clown with a keyboard pushes out their “Top Ways to Hit Your Goals” or “Do These Steps to Improve Something Somehow” tips.  Hey, including me as I’ve written plenty of these articles before.  I have my Bozo nose here somewhere and I’m probably going to write them in the future too.
Monday, January 4, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1233)/Comments (0)/
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