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Working from the Outside to the Inside: Good Printing Isn’t Worth a Dime Without Customers

It’s easy to fall into the trap of spending all your time working inside your business, but how are you working outside to get new customers and clients? LaTonna Roberson of Lady Print Boss breaks it down in this Shop Talk from the Impressions Expo in Fort Worth. Even if you are a one-person shop…

How Do I Decorate a Shoe? Transfers as a Solution for Difficult Applications

You probably have a heat press in your shop that you use for decorating on performance fabrics that can’t handle a pass through the dryer, but did you know you can also use your heat press to decorate shoes, boots, slippers and other items? In this Shop Talk from Impressions Fort Worth, Josh Ellsworth of Stahls…

Concepts and Concrete Steps to Fast Screenprint Set-Ups

It doesn’t really matter how fast your press goes if you take too long to set up jobs. If your press isn’t spinning, you aren’t making money. It’s as simple as that. At the Impressions Expo in Fort Worth, Danny Gruninger of Daybirds Printing talked with Rick about the tools and processes he uses to…

Stop Making Bad Screens: Tips on Improving Your Screenmaking

You can’t make a good screen print with bad screens. We pulled some technical pros in for this discussion, Art Dobie from Chromaline, Bill Smith from Saati and Gerry Charde from KIWO join Rick for this Shop Talk session from Impressions Expo in Atlantic City, March 2022. We’ll be bringing more Shop Talk sessions to…

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started Screen Printing: Shop Talk with Dennis Tan

Dennis Tan of Ampersand Print Co. in Brooklyn, NY left a job on Wall Street to become a screen printer. Find out the many things he has learned as a screen printing business owner in this Shop Talk filmed at Impressions Expo  in Atlantic City, March 2022. We’ll be bringing more Shop Talk sessions to…

Analog Ain’t Dead: Corporations Don’t Make Art

A lot of what we talk about in ShopTalks is commerce oriented, but never forget that screen printing is also art! In this Impressions Expo ShopTalk with Brian Potash of Devilfish Ink Graphic Arts and Printing, we learn how Brian has turned his hobby and his passion into a successful career, creating prints and designs…

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…

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…

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.  

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