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Printshop Workflows

Do you find creating efficient workflows in your shop a challenge? You’re not alone! In this Shop Talk recorded at the Impressions show in Fort Worth, Rick sat down with Ryan Graves, VP of Operations at Printed Threads, to discuss all things workflow, including the advantages and drawbacks of custom vs off the shelf shop…

Sustainability in Your Shop is a Process

Sustainability is more than a corporate buzzword. At least it should be. Corporations may have big budgets for dedicated CSR (corporate social responsibility) programs and cool infographics, but even without a big budget, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce waste, recycle resources and make your shop a more sustainable enterprise. Rick…

Automation Is for Shops of Every Size

In this Shop Talk video Ed Levy of Hirsch Solutions talks with Rick about automating embroidery and other decorating processes for shops of all sizes. Automation used to be too expensive for smaller operations, but now it has become accessible to all. Rick shares how it went when Mirror Image integrated embroidery automation and Ed…

What’s Involved in Starting a Decorating Business?

One of the most fascinating Shop Talks from the Atlantic City Impressions Expo was this panel discussing what it takes to start and run a small, medium or large decorating business. Stan Banks of T-Shirt Side Hustle, Lon Winters of Graphic Elephants and Dennis Tam of Ampersand Print Co joined moderator Rick Roth and walked…

Press Time Is Expensive. Let’s Not Waste It

We have been looking at any possible way to save time on press.   One thing that I feel wastes a huge amount of time is taping pallets.   Our solution was to buy an extra set of pallets and create a pallet taping station.   Now we can take off all of our dirty fleecy pallets and…

Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Bobbin Tension with Bill Garvin

The always informative and entertaining Bill Garvin, of BG Tech Services, joins Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020 to discuss the importance of bobbin tension in embroidery.

Press On – Episode 5: How Suppliers are Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis

In Episode 5 of Press On we talked to industry suppliers to get their take on the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. #LETSPRESSON

How to Print Bandanas

  No doubt that printing loads of bandanas will be part of our “new normal”.  Here are some tips for success… 1) Iron or Steam Buy a commercial iron and/or steamer and treat every piece prior to printing to flatten wrinkles in the fabric.  It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s not as…

Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Marketing on a Shoestring with Bruce Ackerman

Bruce Ackerman, Founder of Printavo, knows that to build a business you need more than just great products and service, you need effective marketing too.  Bruce joined Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020 to discuss marketing on a shoestring…

Press On – Episode 3: What’s Keeping You Going?

Episode 3 of Press On poses a few questions to decorators to help us understand what’s keeping them going during these toughest of times.  Thanks to La Tonna, Peter, Justin, and Kevin for the sincere responses! #LETSPRESSON

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