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Uses for a Heat Press

26th November 2013

Uses for a Heat Press

Collage_SwingEven though it might not seem like it at first glance,  a heat press is a very versatile piece of equipment.  While it’s true that all a heat press can do is heat up and press things,  the variety of  techniques for which it can be used may well make it one of the most valuable instruments in your shop.    Adding a heat press to your set-up can open up a whole host of opportunities for new markets and new sales.    If you’ve never considered adding a heat press to your shop before,  here are some uses for a heat press that may make you think again.

Use 1:  Sublimation – Dye sublimation is a process by which a special ink is printed on a special paper and then the transfer is heat pressed on a polyester garment or a poly coated substrate.  Sublimation offers you the ability to do more complicated designs on garments,  as well as widening the number of items you can offer to your customers.  If you’ve ever wanted to offer mousepads or coffee mugs or jewelry boxes,  then sublimation is the discipline for you.

Use 2:  Screenprint or plastisol transfers – Screenprint is a very popular decorating technique,  but it does have a learning curve,  and setting up a shop can be expensive.    Plastisol transfers allow you to offer screenprinted garments and items to your customers without having to do the screenprinting yourself.  All you need is a transfer,  an item to embellish,  and a heat press and you’re in business.

Use 3:  Vinyl –  This is another popular decoration technique that can be used on garments and other items.  Vinyl is often popular for the names and numbers on sports jerseys and team uniforms.   If you have a lot of school or sports league business available in your area,  vinyl may well be a great addition to your product offerings.

Use 4:  Rhinestones –  If bling is your thing,  then you’ll love rhinestone transfers.   A heat applied rhinestone transfer allows you to add sparkle to garments and other items without having to deal with the hassle of buying rhinestones and placing them yourself.

Use 5:  Decorated patches –  A blank patch,  embroidered or screenprinted by you,  can be heat sealed onto a garment,  backpack or other item.   Sublimated patches are a terrific way to make complicated designs with many colors simple.     If you have a design that won’t translate well into embroidery or screenprint,  put it on a sublimated patch and then heat seal it to the item to be decorated.    Your complicated design is now decorating the item of your choice with one easy press.

Finally,  if all else fails,  and you’re having a busy day at the shop,  you can always make a quick snack on your press.  Now,  we don’t recommend this option,  but it can be done and apparently,  the grilled cheese sandwich turns out quite tasty.

Clearly,  a heat press has many uses,  but some of you may still feel that a heat press isn’t right for your business.   Since it is the season of giving,  and since we are thankful for our customers and those who take an interest in EnMart,   we don’t want you to leave without a little something.    Use this coupon to take 5% off your order of $50 or more.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

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10th January 2011

Valentine’s Day Values

If you work in the garment decoration or promotional products industry I know it seems like one holiday is barely over before you’re thinking about the next.   We just finished with the Santas and presents and fir trees of Christmas and now we’re already on to cupids and cherubs and hearts for Valentine’s Day and shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day.    If you’re readying your inventory for the next big holiday,  EnMart has some items that can help you stock your shop with hearts and shamrocks without breaking your budget.

First, of course,  are EnMart’s thread palettes.  Our Valentine’s Day palette offers all the pink and red your hearts could desire.   We also have a palette stuffed with green for St. Patrick’s Day and a pretty pastel palette for Easter.   Each thread palette contains 5500 yard cones of Iris polyester thread in some of our most popular colors.

Second on the list we have our heart shaped sublimation blanks.   We have a heart shaped sandstone coaster, a heart shaped ceramic ornament, and even a heart shaped metal pet tag.   If you’re also in need of ink with which to print your blanks,   EnMart is currently offering free ground shipping on all sublimation ink.

Third, we can’t forget our blank patches.   While it is a special order item,   we do have a heart shaped blank patch.   Order these in pink and red and turn anything into a Valentine’s Day gift.

Finally,  don’t forget Ntrans Screenprint transfers.   Durable, colorful and easy to apply, these transfers are perfect for adding a little bit of screenprinted love to a variety of items.   Whether it’s heart and flowers or the wearin’ o’ the green,  these transfers will stand up to washing and drying while retaining their color and smooth hand.

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9th February 2010

The Ricoh GX e3300N Printer for Sublimation

I know we’ve been talking a lot about sublimation on this blog lately, which is a little odd, since we now have a blog that is devoted entirely to sublimation. I promise that we will get back to embroidery topics soon. Before we do, however, I couldn’t resist mentioning the latest product that EnMart has to offer. I know some embroiderers are already sublimating, or are thinking about getting into sublimation. If you’re in either of those categories, you’ll want to read the rest of this post.

EnMart in association with Sawgrass Technologies, is proud to announce the launch of the Ricoh GX e3300N for sublimation. This is a game-changing breakthrough for the sublimation printing industry, offering a unique combination of price, speed, reliability and extended uninterrupted printing capabilities. The Ricoh GX e3300N easily ranks as the fastest entry-level sublimation printer in the market, producing up to 144 color prints per hour. It is also one of the most economical printers in the industry.

To allow our customers reap the benefits of this new printer, EnMart has created the QuickStartR Sublimation Package. This package, a $449 value, retails for $379. The package includes the Ricoh GX e3300N printer, 1 set (CMYK) of SublijetR ink, 1 pack of Mpress-II 8 1/2 x 14 paper, and 1 USB cable.

EnMart will begin taking pre-orders for packages immediately. Packages are expected to begin shipping on March 1, 2010.

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4th February 2010

EnMart’s Pre Valentines Day Sublimation Special

Generally I write about sublimation topics on the other EnMart blog, SubliStuff.   Every once in a while, though, we have a special or an offer that is so great, I feel like I should share it on both blogs.  That’s the case with our latest special.

We know that there are a lot of people out there who are looking to get into the sublimation business, or who are already in the business, but want to add an additional system to their shop.    We also know that there are many embroiderers that are considering getting into sublimation.  That’s why EnMart has put together a Pre-Valentines Day Special on a sublimation printer. This special should not be missed.

The cost for the Pre-Valentines Day Special package is $650.00

The package includes the following:

This package contains everything you need for sublimation printing. Add some sublimation blanks and a heat press, and you’re ready to start creating sublimated goods. As an added incentive, we will take 10% off anything additional that you purchase when you buy this package. If you find you need any sublimation blanks or any additional equipment or accessories, you can save even more by buying those items when you purchase the package.

The $650 Pre-Valentines Day Special is available only until February 14, 2010. There is one package available and it will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Package may not be ordered on the web site. Contact EnMart at 866-516-1300 to place an order. 10% discount on additional purchases will be entered by EnMart after checkout.

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15th September 2009

Getting the Best Results From Sublimation

sublimation-blanksSublimation can be a great profit center for almost any garment decoration or souvenir or gift shop business, but there are things you need to know in order to get the best results from your sublimation products.  Getting your printer and your inks and all your sublimatable blanks is only half the task.  Once you’ve got them, you need to know how to use these products to their fullest advantage.  Today, I wanted to share a few tips to help you do just that.

Tip 1: Remove the protective film carefully – Most sublimatable blanks are covered with a plastic film which keeps the surface from being marred or scratched.   Do not pick at the plastic covering with a fingernail or sharp object in a effort to remove it.   The best way to remove the film and reduce the risk of damage to the unprinted substrate is to use something like tape with a sticky side to pull the adhesive from the blank.  If you don’t have any tape, use the pad of your thumb or forefinger to peel back the edge of the plastic.   Do not use anything sharp as this could nick or leave gouges in the substrate.

Tip 2: Add a “bleed” to your artwork – Enlarge your artwork so it is 1/16″ to 1/8″ larger than the blank you will be sublimating.  Align your blank by placing it face down over the transfer.  When you can see an even amount of ink on all sides of the transfers, then the blank is properly aligned.   Hold the transfer in position by folding two sides of the transfer over the back of the sublimatable blank and securing it with heat resistant tape.

Tip 3:  Avoid “blowouts” – “Blowout” is a reference to an image that has colors which have “blown out” of the borders of the design and appear smudged.  Blowouts are generally caused by uneven heating, excessive pressure or overheating.  To avoid this issue, use a Teflon pad to cover your transfer and lessen the variations in temperature.

Tip 4:  How to store finished product – Do not place sublimated products in direct contact with each other or with any other synthetic product.  The inks will migrate from the substrate to the synthetic material as time passes.  There is also the risk of scratching the substrate.  It is recommended that you store sublimated items with a piece of paper inserted between each item.  This will help eliminate ink migration and the reduce the potential for scratches.

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