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What popular sublimation blanks cause the most difficulty for beginners?

Socks and mugs can pose some difficulty for those who aren’t experienced in the process.

With socks, you will often get a darker print along the side of the sock, and a busy pattern helps hide this feature. Try using a spray adhesive or a dye-sublimation paper that has an adhesiveness on it.

When pressing the socks, decorators can use a sandwich technique. Make sure that you print both the front and the backside of the sock at once. Then, fold the paper in half, and insert the sock. Next, put the sock into the heat press. Press the top side first and then the bottom. When finished, remove the transfer, and your sock is done.

Mugs are another popular item in sublimation that can give beginners some troubles. For this drinkware item, producers have a couple of options. You’ll need to decide if you’re using a mug press or a mug wrap.

The transfer paper, regardless of deisgn size, should completely cover the mug from top to bottom and all the way around to the handle. With the mug press, you want to test out how long you will be pressing your mugs. The time is usually between 10 to 15 minutes per mug.

If you go with a mug wrap, you’ll want to decide which conveyor or convection oven to use. It will dictate how long the mug needs to be inside the heat source. Whichever heat source the shop chooses, it needs to maintain a consistent temperature of 400 F.

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Darci Jeffrey-Andersen

Coastal Business Supplies

Darci Jeffrey-Andersen joined Coastal Business Supplies as sales account manager for the professional solutions division in 2015. A veteran in the screen print industry, she owned Crossroad Graphics Screen Printing Services for more than eight years before joining My Brand Promo. As sales account manager for Coastal Business Supplies, Jeffrey-Andersen manages wide-format digital printing accounts and creates printing and personalization solutions for manufacturers and customers. 

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