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In the shirt, on the shirt, above the shirt.

TBT Hail Thursday! Old post on depth in screenprinting. Digital is all well and good, but screen printing is deep man. Screen printing has depth. This is a great shirt to illustrate the point. Notice the grey area, that is curable base, no pigment. You can also use very low pigment percentages up to 15%…

MAGIC Market Week – Day 3

On my third and final day at MAGIC I attempted to take in as much as possible in a limited amount of time.  As decorators we are all involved in the apparel industry to a greater or lesser extent.  It would behoove any decorator to attend MAGIC periodically to get a better understanding of the…

Web Wednesday – Hanesink.com

Hanesink.com has to be the most decorator friendly garment website yet. Clear easy to find pantone numbers, easy PDF’s for colors and styles, useful product and lifestyle images, quick navigation, and the first ROI section I’ve seen.  

MAGIC Market Week – Day 2

Spent some time walking the show today, paying special attention to decorated apparel of course.  Some good, some bad, some great.  I’ll spare you the bad stuff…                      

Hanes and Andrew Verga, the Printer’s Friend

Yeah, Hanes is a sponsor, but they were a preferred vendor long long before that. It is interesting to see Hanes which is probably the most “established” shirt brand be at this point one of the most cutting edge in terms of fabric technology, screenprint friendly tools, and product development. I have a new Nano…

MAGIC Market Week – Day 1

SGIA and Sourcing at MAGIC collaborated to put on The Innovation Zone.  It’s a great opportunity to share the decorator’s side of the industry with buyers, designers, manufacturers, etc.  Here’s a look…                         

MAGIC Monday

Today we skip our usual “Misprint Monday” post and instead opt for “MAGIC Monday”.  No, this has nothing to do with David Copperfield or Criss Angel.  I’m talking about MAGIC Market Week in Las Vegas.  MAGIC is the gathering place for the apparel industry and I’ll be there representing our side of the industry on…

Domingo Gigante — Gomas

Algunos comentarios tras el post de ayer de Tom sobre la goma: – La goma (squeegee) es probablemente el elemento más subestimado en casi todas las tiendas que he visitado. Puede arreglar muchos problemas pero es casi imposible hacer una buena impresión con una mala goma. – No confíe en la compañía que fabrica su…

More About Squeegees

A few comments  of my own after Tom’s longer post on squeegees yesterday. –       Squeegees are probably the most underrated item in almost every shop I have visited.  You can overcomes many problems in a shop, but it is almost impossible to do good printing with bad squeegees. –       Don’t trust the company that makes…

Squeegee Conscious

It used to amaze me how little attention printers paid to the all important squeegee.  Today it seems that more printers “get it”.  The use of triple durometer squeegee is commonplace in print shops as are squeegee sharpeners and I even hear printers talking about replacing squeegee blades on a regular basis (what a concept!).…

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