The Ironical Hard to Hear Truth About the T-shirt Industry

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I’ve been in the t-shirt industry seemingly forever.  Now that I’m the older, slower moving and maybe a little jaded version of my younger self, I can look back and peer into my crystal ball (which looks surprisingly like a coffee cup)…

Shop Owners: What Your Employees Want You to Know

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A good friend of mine quit his job recently.  I worked with him for many years at a previous employer.  He is probably one of the most dedicated, skillful and talented people in the decorated apparel industry.  During our conversation he…

The Art of Writing a Purchase Order – What Your Clients Need to Know

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A common challenge with a lot of shops is the effort and time it takes to sort out a client’s purchase order.  You would think that because this is the instrument that they are using to communicate regarding their order, that some effort…

Quality Control - The Art of Proofing T-shirt Printing

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Every job that you produce in your shop will need to undergo some basic scrutiny to determine if it’s ok to print.  After your press operator sets up the job, the next step has to be getting someone to ok the job so it’s ready to run. …

The Future of T-shirt Printing – Magic Crystal 8 Ball Says Digital

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Recently I had a conversation with someone regarding the future of the t-shirt printing industry during a shop tour of Visual Impressions.  The whole digital vs. traditional for t-shirt printing is good fodder for an article to explore where…

Sustainability Challenge – Embroidery Stabilizers

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If you embroider apparel you are very familiar with this problem.  After your machine has completed the run, the next step in production is to remove the excess embroidery stabilizer (or pellon, backing, or whatever you call it in your shop). …