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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.  

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…

Learn Why Transfers Are for Shops of Every Size

Transfers offer solutions for shops of all sizes- from home-based small businesses to multi auto print shops. Josh Ellsworth of Stahls Transfer Express, Stan Banks of T-Shirt Side Hustle and Jason Murphy of Sanmar talk in detail about how transfers and a heat press are valuable tools for shops of any and every size in…

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