Vocational Vocabulary

Learn some terms and phrases of the garment decorating trade, what they mean, and how you can benefit.

Vocational Vocabulary Series: Bleed cover image

Vocational Vocabulary: Bleed

The word ‘bleed’ has multiple different meanings, like what happens when your skin gets cut. But in this article we’re going to focus on 2 ways this term is used in the printing and heat transfer industry, how it affects you, and how to utilize one and avoid the other. A ‘Bleed’ in printing? A […]

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Vocational Vocabulary: Kiss Cut

What Does Kiss Cut Mean? Kiss Cut refers to a cutting technique where multiple layers are stacked together then cut, with each layer’s cut path inset from the layer below it. This technique is commonly used in two different fields: Tackle Twill for apparel, and Stickers. What Are The Benefits Of Kiss Cut? Benefits of

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Dye Migration - what is it? why does it happen? how do you stop it?

Vocational Vocabulary: Dye Migration

What is Dye Migration? Dye Migration (also sometimes called bleeding) is when the dyes or inks from a fabric (like a t-shirt or jersey) migrate or move from the fabric into something else, like heat transfers or screenprint inks. Why Does Dye Migration Happen? Dye migration is usually caused by exposure to heat. When decorating

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Vocational Vocabulary: Denier

What is Denier? Simply put, denier is a unit of measurement for fiber thickness and weight. A single denier unit is based on a 9000 meter strand of silk, which weighs about 1 gram. So as an example, if a 9000 meter strand of polyester weighs 80 grams, the fabric made with that polyester would

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Kerning - What is it, how is it done, why does it matter?

Vocational Vocabulary: Kerning

What is Kerning? ‘Kerning’ is the process of increasing or decreasing the space between two letters/characters within a font so that they are visually pleasing. This is usually needed for letter combinations that are wide on one end, narrow on the other, e.g. A, V, W, T, etc… When these letters are put together, whether

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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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