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How can I get started with printing on outerwear-like jackets?

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Screen printing on outerwear can be difficult because the fabric can be more loosely or tightly knit, made of a variety of fabric contents, and be thicker or thinner, so it requires a differing ink deposit on the garment. Bold or distressed prints work better on outerwear, as compared to more detailed designs. Correct relative tension and mesh selection in relationship to off-contact and squeegee pressures are particularly critical in this category as compensation to the thickness of the fabric must be made. Adhesive and special hold-downs are more common with outerwear as these garments tend to move or shrink slightly, particularly after a flash.

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Lon Winters

Lon Winters

At 21 years old, Lon Winters was the production manager for Ocean Pacific and started his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. His companies have won 50+ garment decorating awards and honors, and he's served 15+ years as an honorary Golden Image Judge, published hundreds of articles and columns, led various industry seminars and workshops, and consulted on projects large and small. He's the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis and complete apparel decorating solutions. He was inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology in 2013 and is recognized for his contribution to the graphic printing industry. www.graphicelephants.com.

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