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INNOVATION: APPAREL DECORATING
Finding the Buzz

Envision Tees' Tom
Rauen says innovation
is helping decorators
to meet demands of
customers who "place
an order and want
it yesterday."

fails [with direct-to-screen], your whole shop is down instead
of an easy part to fix if you were doing something with an
automatic or manual (press)."
There also has been significant improvement in DTG
technology recently.
"The quality of direct-to-garment [printing], which has
been getting a lot more consistent, is getting real comparable
to screen printing now," Rauen says.
Indeed, when DTG was introduced, many believed
that it would quickly replace screen printing - something that hasn't actually happened, but its capabilities are
consistently improving.
"I've always thought direct-to-garment is the wave of the
future," Gaardbo says. "I want screen printing in a box. The
images are just unbelievable."
Screen-printing inks have become more advanced as well;
whether it's silicone or water-based, environmentally friendly inks,
decorators now can do a lot more than was previously possible.
"[Silicone ink] has been on the market for a couple years
now," Jamnicky says. "It allows a softer, stretchy, more doable print on some fabrics that were really difficult to print
on before. It's not easy, but it is significantly easier. And it's a
different product that wasn't available before."
Today's innovative ink systems have made printing
on traditionally problematic fabrics, such as polyester,
less painstaking.
"In the past we used to have certain inks - like waterbased inks - that we could not print on polyester fabric,"
Gruninger says. "Now, we have black blocker underbases where

One of the keys to success in apparel decorating is
staying abreast of trends and techniques customers
may crave. Successful decorators agree that attending
trade shows is the best way to see the latest and
greatest technology the industry has to offer,
which can sometimes lead to cutting-edge ideas and
spark innovation.
For new decorators, trade shows can be a great
way to learn and ask questions, but even seasoned
decorators stand to learn more about other decorating
methods and further hone their skills.
"I walked past sublimation for years at shows
and I didn't give it a second thought," says Greg
Gaardbo, CEO and creative director, Shockwaves
Promotional Apparel. "And then I walked by [a
sublimation demonstration] one day and something
just hit my brain, and I thought to myself, 'I need
to do this now.'"
Many of the innovative designs Gaardbo and his
Shockwaves staff execute involve sublimation,
including several Impressions Award-winning
submissions. But in this increasingly digital world,
there are other avenues for information and ideas,
such as blogs and social media.
"There are several decorator communities
online," says Pierre John Jamnicky, CEO of Blue
Moon Promotional Inc. "I am a co-owner of one of
the forums and we have a pretty good community
there. In my eyes, it's the best way to get the
information because you get the good with the bad.
The salesperson and manufacturer won't necessarily
give you that."

Operating systems also
are improving, meaning
the interplay between
press operator and screenprinting press has never
been easier.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Impressions - May 2016

Impressions - May 2016
Contents
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Overheard
First Look
Scene at ISS
On Design
Innovation in the Trenches
The Knits Just Keep On Comin’
Innovation Sparks Screen-Printing Success
Stitching Staples Get Upgrades
Digital Shines in the Spotlight
Shop Talk
Embroidery Production
Screen Printing Production
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Sublimation
Direct-To-Garment
Heat Printing
Classifieds
Ad Index/Online Directory
Impressions - May 2016 - CT1
Impressions - May 2016 - CT2
Impressions - May 2016 - Impressions - May 2016
Impressions - May 2016 - Cover2
Impressions - May 2016 - 1
Impressions - May 2016 - Contents
Impressions - May 2016 - 3
Impressions - May 2016 - 4
Impressions - May 2016 - 5
Impressions - May 2016 - First Impressions
Impressions - May 2016 - 7
Impressions - May 2016 - From the Show Director
Impressions - May 2016 - 9
Impressions - May 2016 - Overheard
Impressions - May 2016 - 11
Impressions - May 2016 - 12
Impressions - May 2016 - 13
Impressions - May 2016 - 14
Impressions - May 2016 - 15
Impressions - May 2016 - 15a
Impressions - May 2016 - 15b
Impressions - May 2016 - First Look
Impressions - May 2016 - 17
Impressions - May 2016 - 18
Impressions - May 2016 - Scene at ISS
Impressions - May 2016 - On Design
Impressions - May 2016 - 21
Impressions - May 2016 - Innovation in the Trenches
Impressions - May 2016 - 23
Impressions - May 2016 - 24
Impressions - May 2016 - 25
Impressions - May 2016 - 26
Impressions - May 2016 - 27
Impressions - May 2016 - The Knits Just Keep On Comin’
Impressions - May 2016 - 29
Impressions - May 2016 - 30
Impressions - May 2016 - 31
Impressions - May 2016 - Innovation Sparks Screen-Printing Success
Impressions - May 2016 - 33
Impressions - May 2016 - 34
Impressions - May 2016 - 35
Impressions - May 2016 - Stitching Staples Get Upgrades
Impressions - May 2016 - 37
Impressions - May 2016 - 38
Impressions - May 2016 - 39
Impressions - May 2016 - Digital Shines in the Spotlight
Impressions - May 2016 - 41
Impressions - May 2016 - 42
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Impressions - May 2016 - Shop Talk
Impressions - May 2016 - 55
Impressions - May 2016 - Embroidery Production
Impressions - May 2016 - 57
Impressions - May 2016 - Screen Printing Production
Impressions - May 2016 - 59
Impressions - May 2016 - 60
Impressions - May 2016 - Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Impressions - May 2016 - 62
Impressions - May 2016 - 63
Impressions - May 2016 - Sublimation
Impressions - May 2016 - 65
Impressions - May 2016 - 66
Impressions - May 2016 - Direct-To-Garment
Impressions - May 2016 - 68
Impressions - May 2016 - 69
Impressions - May 2016 - Heat Printing
Impressions - May 2016 - 71
Impressions - May 2016 - Classifieds
Impressions - May 2016 - Ad Index/Online Directory
Impressions - May 2016 - 74
Impressions - May 2016 - Cover3
Impressions - May 2016 - Cover4
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Impressions - May 2016 - N2
Impressions - May 2016 - N3
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https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201809
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https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201808
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https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201803
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2018spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201802
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201801
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201712
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201710
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201709
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2017fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/20170607
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201705
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201704
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201703
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2017spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201702
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201701
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/sportsfanretailer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201612
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201610
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201609
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201608
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2016fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/20160607
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201605
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201604
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201603
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2016spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201602
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201601
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/sportsfanretailer_201512
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201512
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/digitaldecorator_2015fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201510
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201509
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201508
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2015fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/20150607
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/digitaldecorator_2015summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/sportsfanretailer_201506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201504
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201503
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2015spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201502
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201501
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/sportsfanretailer_201412
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201412
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/201410
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/sportsfanretailer_2014fall
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https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/teamspirit_2014fall
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https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/20140607
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/impressions/sportsfanretailer_2014spring
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