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Vocational Vocabulary: Scorching

What is Scorching? ‘Scorch’ or ‘burn’ marks are the result of too much heat applied to heat sensitive fabrics/materials. Usually this is seen as a box or outline of the heat press (see above picture). The scorched area will either be a different color from the rest of the garment or have a sheen to it. […]

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Vocational Vocabulary: Threading – Threadability

What is Threading and Threadability? ‘Threadability’ is a trademarked innovation by Stahls’ Hotronix®. Threading is the act of sliding a garment, like a t-shirt, onto the lower platen of a heat press. Rather than laying the whole garment on top of the platen, you slide the garment on with the platen inbetween the front and back. See picture below: What’s

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How to wash garments decorated with heat transfer vinyl

How To Wash HTV Decorated Garments

When it comes to heat transfer vinyl (HTV) there are a lot of options. Because there are so many different vinyls with varying applications (temp, time, pressure), and from various manufacturers, the question comes up: How should you be caring for the garments after the vinyl is applied? What should you tell your customers when

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Raster Vs Vector

What’s The Difference and Why It Matters In the world of graphic design, there are many terms of the trade. Some of the most important in relation to garment decoration and heat transfers are ‘Raster’ and ‘Vector’. Perhaps you’ve heard of these before, but maybe you don’t know exactly what they mean. Well in this

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Blades, Angles, Offsets, Oh My!

Blades are one of the most important parts of your vinyl cutter/plotter. Whether you have a ‘Craft Cutter’ or ‘Wide Format Cutter’, cheap or expensive, new or used, your cutter is only as good as the blade doing the cutting. So it’s important to understand which blades should be used for each material and how to

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