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With the low entry-level costs of sublimation and digital transfer systems, you easily
can create your own custom printed digital
appliqués without a huge investment. For
example, an 8" x 10" full-color design can
be sublimated for as low as $0.35 depending on the printer, inks and actual design
details. Combine that with the reduction in
stitch count by using appliqué in place of fill
stitches, and you have a very cost-effective
decoration that can command a significant markup due to the uniqueness of the
embellishment.

STEP-BY-STEP: DIGITAL APPLIQUÉ
STEP 1
After the fabric has been
sublimated, the appliqué
sections are cut out. This
can be as simple as creating
a paper template, tracing it
onto the back of the fabric,
and then using scissors. In
this example, a heatactivated film has been
added to the back of the
appliqué fabric.

DESIGN FIRST
The first step for creating appliqué is the
design itself. You will need to envision what
part the appliqué will play in the overall
design, then create the embroidery portions
to support it. With any embroidered appliqué, it's a three-stitch segment process:
Outline Stitch: A running stitch that
outlines the exact area of the fabric insert.
Be sure to digitize it to end at the top of the
outline; this will force the sewing area to be
out in front of the needle case during production, which makes for easier access when
applying the fabric insert.
Tack-Down Stitch: A running stitch just
inside of the outline stitch that will tack
down the edges of the fabric insert.
Border Stitch: A satin or zigzag stitch that
adds a border to the edges of the fabric insert
to securely sew it to the garment.
Once that is done, you are ready to focus
on the digital printing aspect. The first step is
to determine what type of fabric you will use
so you can select the proper printing process.
Polyester holds up nicely to long-term
wear and tear and sublimation prints do
not fade, crack, shrink or peel with multiple
washings, which is definitely a plus.
Cotton, on the other hand, tends to have
more of a matte finish, and possibly a textured surface as well, which provides a lot
of options for fabric selection. Though typically durable in nature, cotton does have a
tendency to shrink, which may affect the
appearance of the appliqué over multiple
launderings. In addition, it's common for
cotton inks to fade due to washing. And while
digital cotton printing using inkjet transfers is advanced enough to generate highresolution images on fabric, sublimation
typically outperforms it when photorealistic
images are necessary. But overall, cotton
works well for digital appliqués.
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STEP 2
Once the appliqué
sections are cut out,
you are ready to start
the sewing process.

STEP 3

The polyester
fabric is placed
on the heat press.

STEP 4

The sublimated
transfer is ready
to apply to the
fabric.



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Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015
Contents
First Impressions
How to Optimize Digital Dark Shirt Printing
Prepare to Launch! Minimizing the DTG Learning Curve
Sublimation Rising: The Super Spot
What Does Digital Mean to Screen Printers?
Beyond the DTG Printer
Top 5 Color-Correcting Methods for Customer Photos
Digital Appliqué — the Best of Both Worlds
Digital Decorating Products
Shop Spotlight: Dragonfly Graphics
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Cover2
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 1
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Contents
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 3
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - First Impressions
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 5
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - How to Optimize Digital Dark Shirt Printing
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 7
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 8
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 9
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 10
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 11
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 12
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 13
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Prepare to Launch! Minimizing the DTG Learning Curve
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 15
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 16
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 17
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 18
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 19
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Sublimation Rising: The Super Spot
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 21
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 22
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - What Does Digital Mean to Screen Printers?
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 24
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 25
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Beyond the DTG Printer
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 27
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 28
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 29
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Top 5 Color-Correcting Methods for Customer Photos
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 31
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 32
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 33
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Digital Appliqué — the Best of Both Worlds
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 35
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 36
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 37
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 38
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Digital Decorating Products
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 40
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 41
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 42
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Shop Spotlight: Dragonfly Graphics
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 44
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