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Screen Printing vs. DTG: A 10-Round Print-Method Battle, Part 1

Screen Printing vs. DTG: A 10-Round Print-Method Battle, Part 1

Philadelphia-based Rush Order Tees decided to put decorating techniques to the test in an ultimate comparison between screen printing and direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. As digital printing has gained popularity and affordability in recent years, the company decided to take a look at the frequently asked question: How does DTG printing stack up against traditional screen printing?


Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (429)/Comments (0)/
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Why Low-Cure Plastisol Screen-Printing Inks Are Necessary

Why Low-Cure Plastisol Screen-Printing Inks Are Necessary

Having the right screen-printing supplies is important for all screen-printing business. One of the best supply items you can have is low cure plastisol inks. Non-cotton fabrics, such as polyester and other synthetic performance and moisture-wicking materials are growing in popularity. While they are popular with customers, screen printers quickly realized that these materials are prone to dye-migration, also known as bleeding (the shirt color coming through the screen print ink).


Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (359)/Comments (0)/
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Needs for DTG

Needs for DTG

Look for these eight things in your next printer.

The latest direct-to-garment (DTG) printers make it easy for your shop to create high-quality, printed apparel without having to hire or train highly experienced operators. When you add a DTG printer to your shop, one employee can take the order, print and prep products for delivery, then start the next job.

Direct-to-garment printers offer some key benefits, including:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (337)/Comments (0)/
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Screen Printing on Tricky Fabrics

Screen Printing on Tricky Fabrics

Easy-to-follow tips for getting the best results on cotton, polyester, tri-blends and more

Easy-to-follow tips for getting the best results on cotton, polyester, tri-blends and more
Friday, March 8, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1054)/Comments (0)/
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What about Green, Neutral & Awesome?

What about Green, Neutral & Awesome?

MagnaColours is a specialist waterbased ink manufacturer that developed its own universal certificate of compliance & sustainability called 'The GNA Standard'. One of its key aims is to eliminate chemicals from thegarment printing supply chain. Textile Image speaks with MagnaColours Marketing Manager Paul Arnold, about the company's GNA Standard and both the environmental and business benefits that come from making the switch to sustainable water-based inks. 

Friday, February 22, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (404)/Comments (0)/
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5 Tips for Winter Heat Printing

5 Tips for Winter Heat Printing

Every year when the cold weather sets in, it brings along some heat printing challenges with it.
Some shops that utilize empty basement spaces or garages can be exceptionally cold and present extra challenges. The first thing is to make sure your shop or area that you are heat printing in is heated and properly insulated. This can help reduce some of the challenges. When you are not constantly fighting a cold room temperature, your heat press can print.
After your work environment is somewhat warm, the problems related to the cold winter weather can be overcome by following these tips. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (327)/Comments (0)/
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What is a Reducer?

What is a Reducer?

Reducers reduce the viscosity or thickness of an ink when you feel the need to make an ink creamier or easier to print. Most inks come ready for use right out of the container and if needed, inks can be easier to use just by stirring it up for a few minutes. But at times, a reducer can help. Try stirring it first and you may find that that alone may do the trick.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (417)/Comments (0)/
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Pointers for Prepress Success

Pointers for Prepress Success

Use these tips for proper prep prior to screen-printing production.

There are several details to consider when preparing to screen print a garment. The following are six that I consider of utmost importance for achieving a great print.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (368)/Comments (0)/
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Digital Printing Is All the Rage at ISS

Digital Printing Is All the Rage at ISS

That was the message at the Imprinted Sportswear Show, where exhibits pointed to the trend where consumers increasingly seek to shape the cuts and styles of their clothes.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (414)/Comments (0)/
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Creating a Foil Look with Vinyl

Creating a Foil Look with Vinyl

The process to create a foil print using a vinyl cutter and heat press is simple. 

  1. Cut a graphic from an HTV adhesive roll in a mirror image.
  2. Weed away the unwanted components from the graphic. 
  3. Flip the graphic over, adhesive side down. 
  4. Heat apply to your fabric item of choice, removing the carrier when complete. 
  5. Heat apply a foil overlay sheet on top of the adhesive in the desired foil color. 

In concept and practice, the process is straightforward. However, just like screen printing foil, there are steps to ensure top-notch efficiency and quality. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (378)/Comments (0)/
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