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Siser HTV Tips for the Holidays

Siser NA Offers our most diverse premium HTV line for the Holidays!

Siser NA Offers our most diverse premium HTV line for the Holidays!

Siser NA offers USCutter.com’s most diverse line of premium heat transfer vinyl products going into the holidays. We here at USCutter think that you should always be 100% satisfied with your Siser experience. We recently had Siser NA’s Yoann Giorsetti, Director of International Sales, in our Redmond offices giving us an overview of product lines and common concerns from users.

Tips straight from the Siser source below!

Tips straight from the Siser source below!

Here are some Siser tips and facts straight from the source to ensure success with every press.

General

1.) For Siser products, it’s best to use a 45 degree blade at 40 to 60 grams of downforce pressure

2.) 80% of cutting issues are related to bad cutting strips. How old is your cutting strip and what type of shape is it in? Consider replacing it and buying a backup while you are at it.

EasyWeed

1.) Heating EasyWeed to 100 degrees prior to weeding increases speed up to 70%.

2.) 305 deg F is the standard heat setting. Every 5 degrees you go down from that when pressing material you need to add 2 seconds of time to your press. Other HTV’s claim a 5 second press time, Siser EasyWeed is no different at a pressing temp of 330 F, but 305 deg F is the recommended press temperature to ensure the best appearance and lastability of the material.

Other Lines

1.) For Brick, use a 60 degree blade, credit card thickness on blade depth, and .25 offset on the blade.

2.) Siser Flock is the only layer-able flock. Use a 60 deg blade.

3.) Holographic Material – Double cut the material before you weed.

4.) Too much liquid fabric softener in the wash will cause material to fall off. Smell your material, if it smells like wildflowers, lay off the fabric softener.

5.) Use ExtraReflex (instead of standard Reflectall) with a 60 degree blade and lower speed.

6.) For Latex printers – Use ColorPrint Easy.

7.) Soft Opaque will not fade.

8.) Siser Glow is the only glow that looks white in the light.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINTED GARMENT TECHNOLOGY FROM SILKWORMS TO DTG

For thousands of years, man has sought to enhance his image through colorful decorative clothing. Wikipedia states: “Screen printing is a form of stencilling [using a silk mesh] that first appeared in a recognizable form in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD).”

Virtually the same technology is still used today for mass-production runs of printed garments, using stencils and polyester meshes on giant octopus-shaped presses.

A modern manual screenprint octo-press.

A modern manual screenprint octo-press.

But surely, somewhere between silkworms, the Song Dynasty and Destiny’s Child, there’s been other methods developed for transferring ink designs to garments?

USCutter supports four alternatives for the decoration of fabrics, with each method having its upsides and limitations, and dependent on the style of ink printing you prefer.

SUBLIMATION:

Specially formulated inks, via application of heat and pressure, are chemically transferred from the printed media and infused into a polyester or polymer-coated substrate. Mugs, mousepads, and more can be decorated in photo-realistic detail. Unfortunately, these inks are not compatible with cotton or dark-colored fabrics. UNTIL NOW. Check out this video for a work-around using sublimated graphics and certain Siser heat transfer vinyl products to create bright vivid exotic textured graphics on cotton and dark colors.

Sublimated graphic on a contour cut glitter vinyl piece.

Sublimated graphic on a contour cut glitter vinyl piece.

Glitter texture and vibrant ink infused into the vinyl for long-lasting washability.

Vibrant sublimation ink infused into the glitter effect vinyl for long-lasting washability.

HEAT TRANSFER PAPER:

You CAN print on cotton and other fabrics, dark or light, with any inkjet or laser printer. Our popular line of Joto paper products allow you to transfer printed media directly onto the surface of the garment. The whole image, including the background, is transferred; this is not a problem on light fabrics, so the image doesn’t need to be cut or weeded. However, for images to be placed on dark fabrics, contour cutting and weeding is necessary to avoid transferring the white background.

PRINTABLE HEAT TRANSFER VINYL:

For solvent, eco-solvent, or latex printers, there is a wide array of different finishes, textures, effects, and other properties like stretchability for print-and-cut materials from vinyl manufacturers such as Siser and Hexis. These products function much like standard heat transfer vinyl, but allow you to show off your high-quality inks on custom garments of all kinds.

DIRECT TO GARMENT:

What if there was a way to print directly onto a cotton or cotton-poly blend t-shirt, dark or light, with no stencil, no masking, no cutting, no reversing, no backgrounds, no size limitations, no middlemen of any kind? It seems like a no-brainer. The Epson F2000 might be the most significant contribution to garment printing history since the silkworm. All the consistency and vividness of screen printing with high-quality Epson inks and white base layer for colored fabrics puts virtual warehouses of inventory at your fingertips minus the manual labor and inflexibility of stencil production.

In this enlightened age for garments, no matter what equipment you have running in your shop, USCutter has all the supplies, ink and media options, for you to put high-quality designs on fabrics of all kinds.