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Screen Print vs. Direct-to-Garment Print

Screen Print vs. Direct-to-Garment Print

BELLA+CANVAS takes apparel decorators through the step-by-step of each garment decoration process. Watch the full video to hear the pros and cons to each discipline. 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (605)/Comments (0)/
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Trouble Shooting Screen Printing Part 2

Trouble Shooting Screen Printing Part 2

Over-Flashing: Printers often refer to ink “drying in screen” when it becomes hard and clogs the screen mesh’s open parts. This usually is caused by using excessive heat during printing, most likely after the flashing process. If the ink isn’t given enough time to cool after flashing, laying the screen down on top of the heated print could partly cure the ink it contains, thus clogging the mesh.


Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (530)/Comments (0)/
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Troubleshooting Screen Printing Part 1

Troubleshooting Screen Printing Part 1

There are many variables that can affect a print’s quality. From the squeegee to the correct cure temperature, every piece of screen-printing equipment used can affect a job’s outcome. Think of the equipment as tools,: when used correctly, the outcome will be positive.


Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (532)/Comments (0)/
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Starting a Screen-Printing Business

Starting a Screen-Printing Business

Before you open a shop, it's important to create a business plan that sets you apart from the rest. Ask yourself who your key customers are, how you are different from the others, and what the budget may be. There's nothing more importantant than clear communication with your team and your customers. You have to take the time to decide what the ultimate goals are. There are many things to consider before starting a screen-printing business. You have to balance financial budgets with business goals and provide numerous supporting skills to be functional. Hard work, dedication, and perserverance are all a must. Like any business, this one will not become successful overnight. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (483)/Comments (0)/
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The Importance of Artwork

The Importance of Artwork

An update on artwork trends and how to create it for various decorating processes.

I’ve been creating artwork for the garment-decorating industry since 1986 and I’ve earned every one of my gray hairs because of it. Artwork lies at the heart of all decorating processes in our industry. Without it, we’d be selling blanks. If you want to learn about artwork and how to create it for the various decorating processes, you first should know about certain trends and other aspects of our industry, and why you should pay attention to them.

It’s also important to realize how each decorating method requires you to think differently about the artwork you will design so that embellishing products is an easier task.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (444)/Comments (0)/
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Nazdar SourceOne Promotes Coleman to Vice President of Textile Business Unit

Nazdar SourceOne Promotes Coleman to Vice President of Textile Business Unit

Nazdar SourceOne promotes Rob Coleman to vice president of the company’s textile business unit. As vice president, Coleman provides leadership to the unit’s sales team in the United States and Mexico.
Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (499)/Comments (0)/
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Terror Free Tri-Blend T-shirt Decoration

Terror Free Tri-Blend T-shirt Decoration

Tri-Blend.  Have you noticed that this style is dominating t-shirt sales lately?
Once upon a time in the decorated apparel industry, there used to be a name for those types of gray shirts. 
Heathers. 
Back in the day, there were really two choices for a heather gray shirt.
A lighter version, called Ash and the traditional gym class gray usually called Sport Gray, Oxford, Light Steel, or some other variation.
These days Tri-Blends come in a crazy multi-colored, heathered rainbow of colors
Like a bowl of t-shirt Skittles.  You can get just about any color you want.
The fabric, as the name suggests, comes in percentages of three sourced materials. Cotton and Polyester usually make up the largest portion, but there can also be Rayon or Modal to make up the third. 
And, for the sustainability-minded, fabric materials can be recycled or organic too.
But, we are not just talking about t-shirts either. There are hoodies, v-necks, raglans, henleys, pullovers, tanks, scoop-necks, wide-necks, color-blocked, and jersey shirts. 
It’s a big line-up.
Friday, June 8, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (601)/Comments (0)/
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What You Need to Achieve Photo-Realistic Screen Prints

What You Need to Achieve Photo-Realistic Screen Prints

I often travel to see customers, many that are quite successful and large. When conducting ink testing or trials at their facilities, I bring some of our print samples to show them how our inks look and feel on a regular shirt. Recently I’ve shown our photo-realistic print samples, and some have replied that they are not able to get the same detail or result. That’s when I observe and see how their facility is run.


Friday, June 1, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (567)/Comments (0)/
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Printing on Polyester Fabrics

Printing on Polyester Fabrics

The process for printing on T-shirts has fundamentally remained the same for decades because it mostly was done on 50/50 blended and 100% cotton T-shirts. But the introduction of performancewear and moisture-wicking garments has demanded some changes in the screen-print and heat-transfer decorating processes on polyester materials.


Thursday, May 31, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (492)/Comments (0)/
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What is flash curing?

What is flash curing?

Flash curing is when you incorporate a heating source into the inline printing process. The heating source can either be an infrared heating element or quartz bulbs. Either way, it is a source of heat that is implemented after first printing down a white underbase on a dark garment.


Thursday, May 24, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (493)/Comments (0)/
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