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Automatically lock your PC with Dynamic Lock

This week the newsletter from RGCS of Edinburgh has an useful tip for automatically and dynamically locking your PC when you step away. Dynamic Lock is a method that uses your Bluetooth-paired phone to automatically lock your Windows PC. The idea is to enhance...

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Price isn’t everything

Price isn’t everything

I was recently reading an article by Lee Salz who argues that it is a myth that price is a paramount consideration in buying decisions.. He offered some amusing points to illustrate the argument and, while they make obvious sense, you can decide if it's  possible to...

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Soft hand starts with the screen

Soft hand starts with the screen

The first thing you are going to have to do to produce a softer plastisol print is put away your trusted old friend—the 110 mesh screen. What you want to do is put down as little ink as possible and still get the look and feel you want. And if you are going to...

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The constant battle against bleeding Polyester

The battle against bleeding Polyester requires a whole array of measures, one of which is setting up. There are measures that can be taken during set up when preparing to print on Polyester that you can be pretty sure will bleed. If you conducted a bleeding test (such...

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Nickle and diming doesn’t win repeat business

One of the big challenges for textile screen printers is customer retention. A promptly-paying, no-hassle repeat customer is like gold to your business. So if your job is to retain the customers that you want to retain in the face of cheap competitor prices and other...

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Properly-tensioned screens

Properly-tensioned screens

Flub-a-dub-dub, flub-a-dub-dub… That is the sound that we have all heard flags making as they are battered by a strong wind. And that is a good thing because that is what flags are designed to do, flap in the wind. But it is not what you want to hear screens...

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Tips for more consistent sales

Tips for more consistent sales

The Business Development Bank of Canada puts out a lot of good material for business owners. One such article offers tips for smoothing out the feast or famine cycle that most small businesses encounter. They recommend a number of tips in a more rigorous process for...

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Saving the planet or saving ourselves?

Saving the planet or saving ourselves?

A well-known author, journalist, and marketing consultant who focuses on marketing communication strategies for the printing industries and who often writes on sustainability in the textile industry, recently published an article about whether we're really serious...

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Transforming textiles

In a recent article in WhatTheyTh!nk, Johnny Shell provided an update on what the fashion-textile industry is doing to deal with it's rehabilitate itself from a major polluter ro a more sustainable industry. Shell reminds us that the textile industry is a notorious...

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What happened to discharge printing?

Discharge printing has been around, apparently since the 90's. About ten years ago discharge prints were a hot item but since then interest has dropped off. I'm not sure why. But like other 'fads' in our industry such as, say, fluorescents, discharge prints could make...

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Imprint Canada’s REACH

REACH is an recent innovation by Imprint Canada that you should know about. It's a monthly email newsletter with "timely industry news from Canada's source for promotional & imprintable products information." For instance, the April edition, consists of six pages...

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Going for the WOW! effect

Going for the WOW! effect

There is a good reason why getting some WOW! into your print portfolio with special effects prints. It's true that you won’t find too many textile screen printers that survive on printing special effects. In the Canadian market particularly, textile printers survive...

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Sharper edges in your prints

Sharper edges in your prints

Apparently, for routine printing, many textile printers still use the one-and-one screen coating method. While that may be the most economical way of coating screens, if you consider that the cost of one coat of emulsion works out to be a few pennies, an extra coat on...

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Recovering lost WORD documents

I've mentioned before that RGCS of Edinburgh puts out a weekly newsletter with useful computer tech tips. This is one caught my attention recently . . . "If you use Microsoft Word on your desktop, it's worth knowing that Word automatically saves versions of documents...

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Dealing with scorched fabric

Dealing with scorched fabric

Sorching has happened from time-to-time to just about every textile printer I've known. In an extreme case, I was in a shop when garments burst into flames as they exited the dryer. Okay, so not all scorching episodes are bad enough to need a fire hose, but they do...

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Revisiting spot cleaning with a video

It's arguably the most hated job in the shop—spot-cleaning. But, sooner or later, even the most careful of textile printers need to do it. In fact, I can recall printers trying to remove entire prints in an attempt to recover garments; but that is another story for...

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An early heads up – The Imprint Canada Shows

An early heads up – The Imprint Canada Shows

Imprint Canada has announced that they're open for reserving exhibit space for three scheduled shows: Montreal on September 5th and 6th, 2024 Calgary on September  20th and 21st, 2024 Toronto on January 10th and 11th, 2025. Whether you're going to exhibit or attend,...

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Direct-to-garment gaining traction in Canada?

In their latest promotional email, Kornit pushes the line that the textile industry is "ever-changing" and that it is a "dynamic" market with "challenges" to overcome if you are to "thrive." They go on to say that: "Recent economic shifts pose unique challenges for...

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Online security

Online security

This is by no means a new topic. I've probably mentioned it half a dozen times during the past year, and I'll probably mention another half a dozen times in the coming year. I'm working on the principle that if you throw mud at a wall often enough, eventually some of...

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Still current advice from the early ’70s

Wandering around a used book store a few years ago, I found a dog-eared copy of the very first business books I bought many years ago—Robert Townsend’s Up The Organization. I lost that original copy in the Calgary flood of 2013 and was delighted to find a replacement....

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Upgrading from a manual to an automatic

In a recent article in Images Magazine, Tony Palmer discusses what you need to consider in upgrading from a manual to an automatic press. Obviously you have to do your research but, in the meantime, here are the main points he raises for consideration: Space: Measure...

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Zazzle

Zazzle

It's time to revisit a topic I first raised ten years ago. Zazzle was fairly new and threatening to shake up the textile screen printing industry with its online service. Zazzle has clearly grown since those earlier days but as far as I can see, the impact of this...

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Spring cleaning – the hazard of lint buildup

Spring cleaning – the hazard of lint buildup

It's time for spring cleaning in readiness for the busy summer season. So, among other things, if you have not paid any attention the to the lint build-up in your shop for some time, now is a good time to do it. As we all know, if you handle tees and sweats, lint...

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A recipe for testing for dye migration

 There are few things more annoying (and costly) than ending up with a ruined job because you didn't expect the substrate to bleed into the print. So, if in the slightest doubt, test. So, here's the recipe for testing . . . Materials and ingredients: Heat transfer...

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Older posts are archived

Older posts are archived

For more than 10 years, this blog has been steaming along at the rate of two posts a week. This last post is here merely to explain that older posts are archived and that we only show three-month's worth of posts in order to keep the site current and limited to a...

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