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As a screen printing or other apparel decoration business owner, it is very likely that at some point, you’ve had a customer request that you could not fulfill in-house. Maybe it was somebody looking for embroidered hats, or a little league coach requesting a small print order of 2 dozen dry-fit jerseys for his team. Chances are, you had to either refer that business to someone else, or outsource it, taking a big chunk out of any potential profit for the sale.
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.
I am often handed stockings or blankets from people who want names or monograms stitched onto the high loft materials. The problem becomes, how do you make the embroidery stand out nice and clear without the fluff of the fabric curving over and around the embroidery? Managing the nap and textures appropriately make all the difference between something that is OK and something that is awesome! So how is it done? How can you prevent the nap of the fabric from interfering with your design once the topping solvy is removed from the fabric?