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PRINTING & CUTTING
STEP 5
The sublimated image
has been transferred
to the fabric.

STEP 6
This is a close-up of
the sublimated fabric.

STEP 7
The outline stitch is sewn first
as this will serve as a guide for
placing the appliqué sections.

STEP 8
The cut out appliqué
section is lined up to the
outline stitch. Typically some
form of adhesive is used to
hold it into place until sewing
begins.

A SUPPLEMENT TO IMPRESSIONS

With digital appliqué, stick with white
fabric. You will be doing a full-bleed print,
so you have the ability to add any color
you wish to the material via your printing.
White areas of the design are simply left
open (no need for white ink).
The printing process is relatively
straightforward. You first will layout the
image using your favorite graphics program. It's best that you pay close attention
to the overall look of the design, which
means thinking about the embroidery
aspects while designing the digital aspects.
Make sure they are placed where there is no
obstruction by the embroidery. In the case
of basic appliqué shapes, it's really no big
deal. But if you are using abstract shapes
or open lettering, then graphic placement
details become critical.
Once you are satisfied with your design,
print it out onto appropriate transfer paper
and apply to the blank fabric using a heat
press. When pressing is complete, discard
the transfer paper and you are done with
printing. If you wish to use an adhesive
backing on the fabric, rather than a spray
adhesive during production, apply it now.
The next step is to cut out the fabric filler
so it is the right size and shape for the appliqué. One method is to export the outline
stitch segment of the embroidery as a cut file
(typically DXF, depending on the embroidery software) that can be used by a cutter/
plotter to cut the fabric. A crude but effective
alternative is to create a paper template of the
appliqué section(s).
Unthread a needle on your embroidery
machine and then find a way to trick your
thread-break sensor into thinking that the
thread is intact. It depends on the machine
(On mine, I typically keep light pressure on
the upper thread by gently tugging with my
hand during sewing.).
Open a manila folder and hoop it by
taping it to a large embroidery hoop.
Run only the outline stitch portion of the
design, which will sew a series of holes into
the manila folder. Remove the folder and
use the perforations to cut out the appliqué
shape. This low-tech approach might be
old-school, but it does work.
It's time to sew. Hoop the garment,
rethread the needle and set the design up to
run, making sure the machine will stop after
the outline stitch sews.
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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
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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
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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
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Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 17
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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
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Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - 33
Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Digital Appliqué — the Best of Both Worlds
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Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Digital Decorating Products
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Impressions - Digital Decorator - Summer 2015 - Shop Spotlight: Dragonfly Graphics
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