Category Archives: How to Print

Printing and Poor Tension Screens

So what’s the big deal about having screens with proper tension? There are two issues that may occur when you use screens with too soft mesh. These are (1) fabric wave, and (2) mesh release.

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Controlling Dye Migration in Screen Printing

If you’ve ever screen printed a blended fabric such as 50% cotton/50% polyester garment and all the way up to 100% polyester, you likely have experienced dye migration. In simple terms, dye migration means the white ink printed on a … Continue reading

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Defeating Pinholes on Your Screen Printing Production Floor Forever

I was recently presenting a 3-hour entry level screen printing seminar at a trade show. Before beginning, attendees from two separate companies talked to me saying they had many years of experience but were looking for tips and tricks to … Continue reading

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The Facts about Direct-to-Garment Pretreating

All direct-to-garment printers use a water base ink system and special treatment is required when printing dark shirts. The rule is: When you print white ink, you must pretreat the shirt first. Without pretreat solution on the shirt, the white and … Continue reading

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Making Direct-to-Garment Work for You

So what does it take to be successful in the direct-to-garment business? First, become proficient at the machine. That will take some time as with any new equipment or technology. Second, prepare high resolution graphics. Direct-to-garment printers reproduce exactly what … Continue reading

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Using Refillable Cartridges with a Small Format Epson

The printer of choice today for outputting film positives is an Epson small format device such as the 1430. The only drawback is the standard 18ml cartridge. Refillable cartridges are the best option to save substantial dollars on ink.

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Screen Printing Equipment & Supply Startup Checklist

Six Color Manual Press – With a six color machine you can print most anything. Conveyor Dryer – Required for any real production, and air flow is a plus.

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