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Staging is Everything

The big shops are competing with the little shops and the mid size shops are competing with the titans of the industry. How does this all shake out?    I often see the ads posted online with prices on shirts that I cannot understand.   You know when you see a price chart that makes no…

What To Do in Your Shop about Covid-19 (Corona Virus)

Hey, for those of you only reading the first sentence, wash your hands more! The coronavirus is real. It is still spreading in Europe and the USA and much of the world. You don’t need to panic, but there are some easy steps and some perhaps difficult steps we should be taking in our shops.…

Discharge Ink: A Solution for Two Ply Fabric

Discharge is an ugly sounding process. Of course most discharge inks are kind of an ugly business. However, that is another story. The basics of discharge are that instead of covering up the darkness of a shirt with a couple of coats of ink, the discharge ink “neutralizes” the dye in the shirt. It isn’…

Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Pricing with Mike Chong

It’s all about gross, COGs, margins, and expenses.  Mike Chong, of Merch Monster, gets to the bottom line on pricing at Shop Talk Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020…

Mother of Invention. Fun with nylon and sticks and stones.

I would rather be writing about the Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa and all that, than thinking about nylon. We always avoided printing on nylon, but eventually we somewhat embraced it. Nylon shrinks when you heat it and ink doesn’t really want to adhere to it and nobody technical gives you any consistent information, other…

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Forces Cancellation of FESPA Global Print Expo 2020

This Just in, FESPA 2020 EVENTS POSTPONED The negative repercussions of Corona Virus (Covid-19) on our industry are mounting.  FESPA dropped the following press release this morning: In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 in mainland Europe, and in close dialogue with its national Associations and exhibitors, FESPA has today taken the decision…

Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Custom Apparel with Milissa Clark

Milissa Clark, of US Blanks, joins Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020 to discuss the why, when, who, and how of custom apparel sourcing and manufacturing…

Misprint Monday: Flash is Another F Word

Do you ever have that problem where a print randomly comes out of registration?  You make adjustments to your micro registration and just keep chasing the problem in circles.  Maybe a screen ripped?  Go ahead and make all new screens, that might solve the problem…. Wellllll, actually it could be a much more simple solution. …

Drying Screens – Airflow

There are a few basic principles involved in the process of drying screens after they have been coated. You can make a “drying closet” out of very simple materials. Lack of sophisticated materials is not a problem when drying screens, but violation of certain principles IS a problem. I have been in beginner’s shops and…

Curing Ink on Canvas

We received a panic inquiry from a supplier that we work closely with. They had a customer who claimed that they could not get their prints to cure on a canvas bag. We field many questions for our vendors, since printers love to blame the substrate for printing problems, so our vendors use us to…

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