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When Apparel Decoration Technologies Collide: Combine Embroidery with Print to Bring a New and Fun Application to Your Business!

Friday, June 1, 2018
embroidery machine and heat transfer design

If appliqué or sportswear are part of your business now, or could be in the future, then this article is for you! Traditional appliqué techniques using tackle twill or other material is a classic, time-honored approach. HOWEVER, with Melco technology, you can grow beyond traditional applications, and add printed graphics to your appliqué designs. See this technology in action at the Boston Showcase June 21–22.

Melco’s exclusive Laser Alignment feature, available on EMT16 PLUS embroidery machines, can be used to apply embroidery over a printed graphic with precision and speed. Create any design for print and perfectly align embroidery on top. For example, to create a team jersey, a traditional embroidery appliqué technique would involve cutting numbers from material, and then stitching those numbers to the jersey. Traditional appliqués are beautiful, but new technology with Melco’s laser alignment tool and Roland vinyl print/cut machines allow you to easily print those numbers on vinyl, cut them out, and then stitch them onto the jersey.

Pre-manufactured synthetic garments present unique challenges for apparel decorators. The ideal way to decorate a golf polo, football jersey or soccer jersey, etc., is with a printed heat transfer material. The quality of the transfer material is outstanding and extremely durable.

Roland printed heat transfer graphics are created using a Roland Eco Solvent Printer/Cutter. These machines are large format, high resolution printers that have cutters built in. This allows for printing high resolution on vinyl, then arranging a cut contour to easily create a professional printed vinyl transfer. Simply print, cut, and apply the graphic to the garment using a heat press.

Now it’s time to add embroidery! Using the Laser Alignment feature with EMT16 PLUS embroidery machines, we’ve created an exclusive application technique we call Mixed Media.

The Laser Alignment feature locates two registration points on the design. It uses those points to position, scale, and orient the embroidered design for perfect registration on the print. This is especially useful when hooping a design, there is no major concern for ensuring the print is hooped perfectly square and any variations in stretch can be accounted for. Here is a great blog article on how to setup the digitized embroidery file for Laser Alignment.

With the EMT16 PLUS embroidery machine and the high quality of Roland Transfer Media, we can now easily add embroidery elements to prints on nearly any material. This application is easy to implement and is consistent and lucrative. 

Want to see this equipment in action and learn how easy Mixed Media is to implement? Join Melco for a full overview of equipment and technique at the Roland Headquarters near Boston!

When: From 10am–4pm June 21 & 22

Where: Roland DGA Corporation | 260 Fordham Road, Suite A-250 | Wilmington, MA 01887

Ticket Price: FREE

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