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R.I.P. Charles Kernaghan! The Man Who Started the Anti-Sweatshop Movement

I knew Charles Kernaghan personally through my work with Amnesty International and I can say he was a truly great human being. You can read his obituaries in the Washington Post and NY Times. He was known as one of the originators of the anti-sweatshop movement and as “the man who made Kathie Lee cry”…

How to Sell 50 or 5,000 Shirts: Sales Fundamentals with Millisa Clark

Sales can be intimidating, but you can’t have a successful decoration business without selling what you make. That’s why we invited a pro, Milissa Clark of Lane 7 Apparel, to join us in this ShopTalk from the Impressions Expo in Atlantic City where she and Rick chat about how to get new customers, how to…

FESPA Berlin: Decorating Trade Show for the World (Part 1: Screens Without Emulsion!)

Seems like trade shows are back on track. Impressions AC was pretty good, FESPA raises the bar, and lots of people at FESPA were all gung-ho talking about the Impressions show in Long Beach as things move in fits and starts back to some sort of normalcy. FESPA is an international printing show, once held…

Bobbins and Backings and Basics– Embroidery Beyond Digitizing

It’s not often that we get an embroidery expert like Laurie Kantor of LB Embroidery to explain the nuts and bolts of embroidery backings, bobbins, hooping aids and when to say “no”, or offer another decoration solution, to a customer’s request. As usual, the responses to the audience questions at the end of the Shop…

How Do You Get $$ for Equipment?

It takes money to buy or upgrade your equipment and sometimes that means financing or leasing. But the folks who finance equipment might be more interested in getting your money than finding the solution that’s best for you. So in this Shop Talk, we didn’t invite bank loan officers or leasing companies to speak, we…

Jazz Fest Merch 2022

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has close to 500,000 attendees over the course of two long weekends.  Crowds can gravitate to any of 12 stages to New Orleans greats like Irma Thomas, the Nevilles or the Soul Rebels, national acts like The Black Crowes, Kool and the Gang, The Who, Elvis Costello, or…

Print Girl Mafia

Print Girl Mafia came together as way for women in the apparel decoration industry to find support and a sounding board without having to battle the macho attitudes often found in this business. Watch the Shop Talk from Impressions Expo Atlantic City 2022  to learn more about it.  

How to Sell Promotional Products

If you’re not selling promotional products to your decorated apparel customers, someone else is. And they probably sell t-shirts and other custom apparel, too. Goodbye customer. It’s not hard to offer the additional customized items your customers want before they go to someone else who does. Watch this Shop Talk with Debbie Pasko of PPAI…

No! to White Ink Turning Pink: How to Prevent Dye Migration

Sometimes you’ll ship an order that was inspected and looked fantastic and then two days later the customer is calling saying there’s a problem- that white print on a red garment has turned pink. It’s one of the the worst feelings in the world. If you’re wondering why it happened and how to stop it…

Ink Curing. Read and Repeat

We have received a few requests to examine shirts lately where the ink cracked. I also have seen numerous posts on Facebook that ask, “did I overcure the ink?” Wishful thinking is usually involved in that last question. It is technically possible to overcure ink, but I have actually never seen it myself in over…

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