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Farm Fresh

I spent some time with the folks at Farm Fresh Clothing Co. in Sebastopol, CA yesterday. Great people, great printing, great ping-pong. Stay tuned for the full shop tour next week…

Discharge, Inside Out

We printed this multicolor discharge print on the inside of the garment through a low mesh count and with a tremendous amount of squeegee pressure.  As a result the ink saturates the substrate and bleeds clear through to the other side.  What an easy way to take a clean spot color print and create a…

TBT – Old and New Friends to the Rescue

This week’s Throwback Thursday post– Our business of slinging ink is a sleazy one. The rag trade tends to the dishonest, the penny pinching, and the unethical. It has been mused that it came from the fact that screen printers historically plied their trade printing license plates in prison. I don’t buy that explanation, as…

Web Wednesday: jakprints.com– so much more than a website

Our friends at jakprints maintain a website that is the envy of apparel decorators everywhere.  From humble beginnings (Jacob Edwards, Co-Founder, and I had fun one evening going back in time with the Wayback Machine), jakprints.com has developed into their primary customer interface. The site is filled with digestible information and interactive tools all presented in…

Layabout or Visionary?

Our mate Joel Taylor is owner of PSI Screen Printing and he hales from Currumbin Waters in Queensland,  Australia. His shop is not far from Brisbane, which is a long way from Long Beach, CA where Know-It-Alls Tom and Rick interviewed him for The Ink Kitchen during the recent ISS show.  His wife luckily considers…

Misprint Monday: Torqued and Twisted

We recently had an order returned due to placement issues.  The printing was “crooked and off-center”.  Upon review of the returned goods we were able to ascertain the real issue… Torquing occurs in the manufacturing process and is most pronounced on non-tubular garments constructed from lightweight, stretchy fabrics (in this case a tri-blend).  The difficulty…

Throwback Post on the Superbowl

In 2010 I called this post Hot Market Printing: Yankees (or Saints) Win! Same story this year really as we have another very good Quarterback Russell Wilson who was said to be too short. We have the same printer story as some shops in Seattle or Denver tonight on Superbowl Sunday who will be very…

Solvy: en Español

Solvy es una lámina plástica manufacturada para la industria del bordado. Se coloca sobre cualquier superficie de tejido, por ejemplo: sobre el  acrílico de un sombrero o encima de un polo de punto. Solvy permite acabados uniformes y un detalle más fino ,respetando las puntadas del tejido sobre el que se aplica. Se utiliza poniendo…

One of my favorite designs we’ve ever printed

Perhaps it’s the tasteful and appropriate use of discharge inks, maybe it’s the organic cotton blank by our friends at Econscious, or it could just be that the Pogues are such a great band.  I don’t know, but sometimes it all just comes together and you end up with the perfect print.

Over the seam and off the hem

We get a lot of questions, from both customers and printers, about printing over seams, off hems, over zippers (zippers to be covered in a future post).  “can you do it?”, “how do you do it?”, “how do you maintain an even ink deposit?”.  Based on these questions and personally witnessing some really bad work…

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