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Rick Roth

Going 100% Organic with Organic Embroidery Thread

We recently produced a 100% organic cotton cap.  Not only was the fabric made of organic cotton, but the embroidery thread was also certified organic!  A few thoughts… Like many “green” alternatives, you can’t just substitute organic thread for conventional embroidery thread made from rayon or conventional cotton and embroider away. On the other hand,…

Misprint Monday: Wash It!

Q: Is the ink dry on the shirt you printed? A: It doesn’t matter. Ink can be dry on a shirt and it will not last through a wash. Unless  you are unethical and plan to leave the country after selling a shirt, you want the print to stay on the shirt beyond the first…

Remembering Barry Chouinard

July 19th would have been Barry Chouinard’s 68th birthday. We mourn his passing and most of us remember him pretty damn fondly. He lived a full life, touched lots of people, and nobody would say he got cheated. So I pose the question, “Did you ever meet Barry Chouinard?” The only possible answers would be…

Misprint Monday: Too Good To Be True

Customer comes to you with a huge order and makes disparaging remarks about the prior print shop they were using. Celebrate? No, BEWARE! Most of the screen printing of t-shirts is not rocket science and unless someone comes to you for what you very specifically are good at, be careful with new customers. This customer…

Misprint Monday – Dead Man’s Curve

Dead Man’s Curve by Jan and Dean recorded in 1963 It only has a little bit to do with today’s post. Its a brain trick I use to remember to check any type that is written on a curve. There is something about type in an arch that makes it harder to see errors, so…

R.I.P. Herbert Mayrhofer

Herbert Mayrhofer died this weekend in Kufstein, Austria after battling kidney disease for some time. Mr. Mayrhofer was arguably the most brilliant engineer our industry has ever seen. He designed the MHM press which is the gold standard for automatic screenprinting machines. Herbert was also a fun guy and a friend and he surely will…

You Want Fries (or a CD) with that T-shirt?

This week there is a very interesting NY Times article on “bundling.” “Bundling” in the music industry is putting items together for sale, such as a CD and a t-shirt. Taylor Swift is one of the key artists offering a whole bunch of shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags “+ digital download” on her website. Other…

Misprint Monday: What To Do with Misprinted Shirts?

What should one do with misprints? I honestly don’t have any great answers but here are some mediocre ones. It should be on everyone’s mind because the world is swimming in overstocks and misprints. The average American disposes of almost 70 pounds of clothes per year. H&M was recently found to be incinerating 19 million…

Gildan Goes to Bangladesh and Other First Quarter News

Here are the current highlights (and lowlights) of the biggest company serving our industries, Gildan. The company formerly headquartered in Montreal, Canada and now located in tax-friendly and sunny Barbados reports the following: Payless going bankrupt cost them a pretty penny: $2.5 million. Heritage Sportswear going bankrupt cost them more than a pretty penny:  $21.7…

ISS is Now the “Impressions Expo”

ISS or the Imprinted Sportswear Shows are going to be called Impressions Expo starting at the Long Beach show in January 2020. Most folks saw it at a show aligned with Impressions anyhow, and nobody under the age of 75 knows what the hell “sportswear” is. It also was time for a change to reflect…

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