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Misprint Monday

Misprint Monday – Shipping Woes, Tips and Tricks

We recently had a new employee ship a package via UPS to a US Post Office box and it was a very important shipment. UPS does not generally deliver to a USPS box. We were lucky and this was a concert venue that gets lots of packages and UPS automatically reroutes them (with a charge)…

Misprint Monday: Pantone Sucks

Ah, Pantone, how I despise you and let me count the ways: The color guide books are expensive as hell considering how many books they sell and the fact that in our industry and others I presume they also get licensing fees for inks that match their Pantone colors. The cost means that not only…

Misprint Monday: Pick Your Errors

We printed this shirt at Mirror Image nearly 25 years ago. It had to be approved by Robert (pronounced RO BEAR) Doisneau in France. In order to print it we separated it and set it up and printed it almost 16 times to get it right, at a time when film was really expensive and…

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…

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: 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…

Misprint Monday: Why Am I Getting Pinholes?

Pinholes Pinholes piss off customers when you send shirts out without you having found them and removed them from your prints. They waste time and money and brain cells with shooting them out with dry cleaning fluid. They make you ruin most garment-dyed shirts (not Comfort Wash or most SanMar) because they can’t be shot…

Cure That Ink!!!! You did? No you didn’t!

I often get inquiries from folks trying to figure why the ink has washed off their shirts. I wish I had a dime for every time they are sure it is caused by the garment or by overcuring. Sorry, it isn’t. While both of those things are possible, they are highly highly unlikely to happen.…

Testing for Dye Migration

I”m on many screenprinter groups on social media, etc. I still see many printers spouting a wealth of misleading information. Today we discuss the test, next post will be on some direction on finding solutions. Before you can get an answer to a problem, it is always best to define the problem. With dye migration,…

Misprint Monday: Preventing Scorching with a Transfer Press (Bottom Heat)

There are so many crazy fabrics out there, and we are all trying to decorate them. Transfers are a great option, but even applying transfers can cause scorching. At my shop we recently even had a low temp version causing scorching on some relatively expensive 1/4 zips. For both stopping scorching (who cares if the…

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