Decorating Performance apparel can pose a few challenges. The low scorching point, stretchability of the fabrics, and complex fabric composition has challenged decorators and their suppliers to come up with new techniques and products.
Heat pressing Performance apparel using the incorrect products and methods can lead to scorch marks and poor quality transfers. However, two products recently introduced can be applied at a low temp and a short dwell time, making them the ideal materials to use.
Spectra Perform Cut is a “Cut-only” Heat Transfer Vinyl that applies at only 280 degrees. For full color, Spectra Perform is a Solvent or Eco-Solvent printable line of products that can also be applied at 280 degrees. Both products have a unique adhesive that will adhere to Polyester, Nylon, Lycra and many synthetic blends. Both also offer tremendous Stretch and Rebound, which will keep the decoration looking great, even after they’ve been stretched out.
If you’ve tried decorating Performance apparel before, but didn’t like the “heat press box” that accompanied your transfer, give one of these new products a try!
The popular Versacamm owners forum has changed names. Garmentua.com has changed names to www.myversacamm.com. Myversacamm.com has been a forum for current and prospective Versacamm owners to go for a ton of helpful information.
Here are few things you can expect to see on the site:
- Versacamm 101 Training class schedule
- Creative ideas for mixed media applications
- Marketing ideas
- Pricing recommendations for any type of solvent digital printing
- Printing profiles for various types of digital material
- Current owners ready and willing to share ideas and experiences
If you’re a current Versacamm owner, someone who is considering making the investment or just curious about the technology, I recommend you go to the site and register. You may be surprised what you learn!
Dye-Migration is dye from a sublimated fabric bleeding through and dyeing a heat transferred design. Since Polyester is the only fabric that is gets its color from the sublimation process, it’s the only fabric that you’ll see migrate. Dye-Migration should not be confused with opacity. In the world of garment decoration, opacity refers to a heat transfer blocking out the color of the dark garment where as migration is the dye of the fabric coming through and becoming a part of the transfer.
So how do you solve Dye-Migration? Simply by using the right product. Standard heat transfers may not block migration. If you run in to an angry polyester that doesn’t like being transferred on to, you can use the Solutions Sub-Block for a full color printable fabric or Spectra Sub-Stop for single color vinyl cut transfer. Both products are available from Imprintables Warehouse and from me by requesting a sample.
Please see the pictures below for what migration looks like and how much a difference using the correct media makes. The fabric this material is applied to is one of the popular performance wear garments.
Heat transfer with Dye-Migration:
Same heat transfer using the Solutions Sub-Block:
Side by side comparison:
The side by side comparison really shows the migration from one transfer to the next. It is most apparent in the white but the entire design is noticeably faded.
Dye-migration can be a problem but certainly not one that can’t be avoided or fixed. Just like choosing the correct transfer for a cotton or nylon, choosing the correct transfer for garments prone to migrate is essential to success as a garment decorator.