September 19, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Bella B., Campus Correspondent
One big pattern I’ve seen on campus this year is the use of athletic wear: athletic shorts, T-shirts for teams, leggings, tennis shoes, running jackets and even professional jerseys. I decided I should hop on the bandwagon and add some spice to my athletic wear.
Since it’s getting colder I chose to heat print a polyester quarter zip I bought a while back. I wanted to go with a simpler design in one of my favorite materials, Reflective!
Stahls’ CAD-CUT® Reflective heat transfer material is easy to cut and heat press and looks great on athletic and safety wear. It is recommended for cotton, polyester, nylon, and Cordura® fabrics.
Step 1: While letting the heat press warm up, look up application instructions on Stahls.com for Reflective (the instructions can be found on the Reflective page and in the Help and Education section).
Time: 2 Seconds, peel warm, cover and seal 15 seconds
Step 2: Dress the lower platen with the quarter zip. Make sure that it is centered on the platen.
Step 3: Pre-heat the quarter zip. This small step will remove moisture and wrinkles from the garment.
Step 4: Insert a Print Perfect Pad where the design will be printed – the Print Perfect Pad only has to to be as big as the design. It will elevate your design above buttons, seams, and, in this case, the zipper, to get even pressure.
Step 5: Line “WMU” up on the quarter zip. I chose to put it in the middle between the shoulder blades, but with something this small you could place it other places as well, including on the arm, left chest, the front bottom right corner etc. The ideas truly are endless.
Step 6: Once “WMU” is centered on the quarter zip, make sure it was completely on the Print Perfect Pad, place a Kraft Paper Cover Sheet on top of the quarter zip, and close the heat press.
Step 7: After 2 seconds peel off the frosted carrier, put the cover sheet back on, and heat press it for an additional 15 seconds.
Step 8: Remove the quarter zip from the heat press and show it off to the world!
If anyone has ever wanted to try and make something but did not have the time or is afraid it wouldn’t work out I am always up for suggestions or ideas for blogs.
September 17, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Matt DeLaere, Marketing
|iGuardian Left and iGuardian Right combine to make a shield-like number design.|
Sometimes awesome things are made even better when they’re paired up. Peanut butter is great on its own, but add jelly and you have a lunchroom staple. Batman fought plenty of crime on his own, but with Robin he formed a dynamic duo. Dean Martin was a heck of a singer, but paired with Jerry Lewis… well, the French love Jerry Lewis, so they probably think it was a great pair. The point is, sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
And so it is with Stahls’ new interactive pre-cut number fonts. These three fonts are actually six fonts: iGuardian Left, iGuardian Right, iViper Left, iViper Right, iPowerhouse Left, and iPowerhouse Right. Each pair of fonts can be used in four different combinations: two left numbers, two right numbers, one left and one right, or one right and one left. It’s not as confusing as it seems!
Take iGuardian, for example. You can create a uniform number using two digits of iGuardian Left or two digits of iGuardian Right. To help show how you can combine the fonts, we’re showing iGuardian Left in Columbia and White and iGuardian Right in Orange and White.
|Another combination is one digit in iGuardian Left and one in iGuardian Right, as shown in this picture. Combining left and right fonts creates a unique shield-like number design.||The fourth combination is to use iGuardian Right for the first digit and iGuardian Left for the second. This creates a wing-like effect, or as one colleague called it, “flying buttresses” (she’s kind of fancy like that).|
Similarly, iViper and iPowerhouse interact, creating great-looking uniform numbers when left and right are combined.
Start offering your customers unique number combinations with these awesome pairs. Martin and Lewis had nothing on them!
September 12, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Bella B., Campus Correspondent
School has begun and walking around campus you can see what organizations or groups each person is a part of. Colleges offer many opportunities for the heat printing market. Greek life, school organizations, clubs, and sports teams are constantly wanting more awesome spirit wear to make them stand out, and heat transfer material and a vinyl cutter are a great way to give them what they need.
The sororities and fraternities wear their Greek letters on just about anything, including baseball hats, T-shirts, pins on their backpacks, and jackets. In the beginning of the school year it is a big deal for the fraternity and sorority members to wear their letters in hopes that students will go through recruitment and want to join their chapter.
School organizations and clubs are also wearing their spirit wear in hopes of getting more students involved. Many of these organizations and groups are wearing T-shirts and polo shirts that have their associations’ names on them.
Student athletes are given large amounts of spirit wear and you can see them wearing T-shirts, sweatpants, and workout apparel. Colleges are proud of their athletics and our school store sells spirit wear for every sport. The spirit wear sold at our school store is different then what the members of the team get; it is less personalized and consists mostly of T-shirts and sweatshirts.
Although there are different reasons for everyone’s choices in what they wear, there are a lot of similarities in where designs are located on garments:
• Left chest locations are very popular, especially if there is a pocket on the left chest. They can be as simple as a monogram, Greek Letters, or “WMU”. To go with the left chest location it is really popular to have something big on the back of the shirt.
• A lot of girls wear leggings around campus and there are multiple locations that you can decorate with a heat press: Down the calf (as seen in the picture above), top of the back of the leggings in the center, or on the right hip on the top.
• Spirit Jerseys are also becoming extremely popular. Every sorority on campus has its own color. The school store is also selling “Western Michigan University” ones as well.
• Two other popular fads I have seen are words going down the spine on a tight-fitted shirt as well as horizontal across the back at the bottom of tight-fitted shirts.
• Tank tops are popular with both boys and girls. Most people wear ones that are not fitted but are loose, they usually have something large on the front, or a small left chest logo.
As you can see, no matter the organization, there are plenty of opportunities for heat printing on campus.
Editor’s note: Please be aware that vendors who fulfill orders bearing any fraternal organizations’ marks must be licensed.