Jump On the Bandwagon: Faux Leather and Leatherette

March 16, 2023

Heat-applied faux leatherette patches are made from synthetic materials that mimic the look and feel of real leather and can be applied to caps, clothing, bags, and other accessories. This method of decoration has become a popular way for customers to add a touch of personal flair to their everyday wardrobe.

Sustainable Solutions For Decorators

March 10, 2023

There are many possible answers to the question of what “sustainable” means for your business. Each community has unique standards and every project may look a little different. Here are some considerations you and your customers can work through before you make any decisions about artwork, the product being decorated or decoration methods, to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to sustainability.

Dye Sublimation Printing: All-Over and Spot Sublimation

January 26, 2023

Many customers at decoration shows I’ve worked in the last year are interested in learning about sublimation on apparel. At the shows, I see apparel companies that do all-over dye sublimation on t-shirts, bowling shirts, polos, bags and towels. You can customize team jerseys, dance uniforms and restaurant uniforms with this decoration technique. In most … Continued

How Important is Pressure On a Heat Press?

January 11, 2023

Successful heat printing depends on three things being delivered accurately: heat, time and pressure. Pressure needs to be evenly distributed across the upper platen to the garment design on the lower platen. How important is pressure, you might ask? Apart from it being part of the name of the heat press process, well…pressure is the … Continued

Stories Resonating Into 2023

December 29, 2022

With 2023 right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to review a few key products and stories that will continue to develop in the new year. Let’s explore the consumer’s continued desire to buy products made in the USA, purpose-driven manufacturing and the inclusion of recycled or organic raw materials.

Automation In Lieu of Labor

December 16, 2022

Workers today have been raised with digital efficiencies at their fingertips. A workplace that uses a more analog workflow might look like it’s not keeping up to a potential employee – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s take a look at a few options you can explore to automate key processes to help attract and retain excellent teammates for this new era.

What We Learned At Printing United

October 28, 2022

Printing United has come and gone! While the tradeshow circuit took a heavy blow from the COVID-19 pandemic over the last several years, our Decorator and Digital Solutions Team was thrilled to see a heavy turnout at the nation’s largest print show. Two entire halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center were packed to the … Continued

The Best Print-On-Demand Alternative For Your Business

October 12, 2022

With the print-on-demand production boom of 2021 showing no sign of waning, we take a closer look at two leading techniques that meet the needs of this market. Direct-To-Garment printing has been around for some time, while Direct-To-Film is a relative newcomer. Which should you choose to focus on for your print-on-demand business?

Integrate to Validate

October 6, 2022

Integrated systems are designed to be interconnected in such as way to maximize communication and minimize human related errors, meaning a more efficient process overall. For apparel suppliers, it’s less important to understand how they are integrated and more important to know what specific benefits you will be receiving from the integration.