Fleece for Fall

Nothing sounds as good as a fleece for cozying up under those Friday Night Lights or at the annual family and friends pumpkin picking. Get comfy in new looks from Charles River and Devon & Jones this Fall!

We can see it now—you’ve just finished up some team bonding at the local corn maze and now your team (team iron on decal) is warming up by the fire with a hot cup of cider. What are you wearing? Charles River Quarter Zip Sweater Fleece Pullovers, of course! Available in Ladies as well.

These Devon & Jones Full-Zip Sweater Fleece Jackets are just what your company needs to feel reinvigorated for the Fall season. Just add your company logo for the perfect polished look. We are really digging the Ladies color choices—especially the Burgundy Heather (featured above)!

Famous Italian Sayings, Phrases, and Quotes

Are you looking for a quote, phrase, or saying in Italian? We’ve compiled a list of many famous ones from poets, proverbs, actors, and even those used by Italians and Italian-Americans in every day speech. And we’ve included both the Italian and English versions for you as well. Feel free to use them on a t-shirt design, for a piece of writing, or however you wish.

Italian Phrases & Sayings and Their English Translations

A caval donato non si guarda in bocca. – Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

A chi fa male, mai mancano scuse. – He who does evil, is never short of an excuse.

Aiutati che Dio t’aiuta. – Help yourself and God will help you.

Belle parole non pascon i gatti. – Fine words don’t feed cats.

Chi dorme non piglia pesci – Those who sleep don’t catch any fish.

Cuando l’amico chiede, non v’è domani. – When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.

Il dolce far niente. – It is sweet doing nothing.

L’amore è cieco – Love is blind.

L’amore vince sempre – Love conquers all.

La vita è un sogno – Life is a dream.

La semplicità è l’ultima sofisticazione – Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
-Leonardo Da Vinci

Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. – Eat well, laugh often, love much.

Noi non potemo avere perfetta vita senza amici – We cannot have a perfect life without friends.
-Dante

Non puoi insegnare niente a un uomo. Puoi solo aiutarlo a scoprire ciò che ha dentro di sé – You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help find it within himself.
-Galileo Galilei

Nulla nuova, buona nuova. – No news is good news.

Quando finisce la partita il re ed il pedone finiscono nella stessa scatola. -When you finish the game, the king and pawn end up in the same box.

Se non hai mai pianto, i tuoi occhi non possono essere belli. – If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.
-Sophia Loren

Una cena senza vino e come un giorno senza sole – A meal without wine is a day without sunshine.

Manufacturers guide for custom apparel production

Someone came up with this idea to do an article from a manufacturers perspective. I have been doing custom manufacuring for over 4 years and will discuss what I think are important issues when deciding to get your private clothing line custom made.

I do not claim to know everything, so by all means, if anyone would like to add, let me know.

First, let’s discuss what information is needed by a manufacture:
· Type of garment (t-shirt, hoodie, pants…etc.)
· Fabric content (cotton, poly, bamboo…..etc.)
· Weight (in GSM please! If you don’t know, ask!)
· Washes, treatments, finishing (please know the name of the treatments you need or have pictures. Sometimes it’s best to send a sample of what you want to be accurate when producing)
· Size and measurement chart (if you don’t have one, sending a sample and having sizes graded is the best method, especially if you don’t know how to take measurements)
· Pantone color codes for dying fabrics
· Quantities chart by color, size, cut and design is best. Honesty is best- be up front about your specific needs. Some manufacturers are set up for small orders so they have ways to reduce costs. Some manufacturers are set up for large orders and if they take your small order, they may be too booked to take your next small run.
· An artwork tech pack- which can include mock ups (or print files) of each design, how it should be printed, colors, design size and any other info you can think of that is important in achieving the desired look.
· Artwork files for prints, labels, and hangtags. You should always ask if you are not sure what you should put on your labels.

Next, I am going to give you a guided tour into the world of custom manufacturing…… from start to finish! (I will edit this article to include this section when I have all the photos put together.)

Keeping a clean shop

New to screen printing or looking to streamline your operations? Before I worked on Printavo, I ran a small shop in Champaign, IL. As a small shop operator, I found out the hard way that keeping a clean and organized shop was essential to being successful. By minimizing waste I found that I was able to maximize profits and productivity.

One of the most time-consuming aspects of screen printing is cleaning up ink (custom iron on logos). Let’s face it–it’s not very fun. These are a few things I have done in my shop to reduce the mess in handling ink.

Taking the time to set up a proper ink cabinet saved me loads of time and frustration. By lining the ink shelves with newspaper it prevented ink from touching the actual surface of the shelves and in the event of a drip or spill I would simply throw the newspaper away and replace it with fresh newspaper. Since old newspapers are free and easy to come by, I reaped the benefits of easy cleanup at no cost. With the shelves now protected by newspaper, I took a few minutes to ensure all ink containers were clearly labeled and wiped clean of any ink. Paying special attention to where the lid met the container as well as the bottom. I also discovered stacking ink containers directly on top of one another lead to more than a few disasters.

Before I start my print jobs and handle ink, I always put on an old XXXL tee on over my clothes. When handling ink I always make sure to wear vinyl gloves. These are available at most big box stores in bulk for a low price. In our shop, we keep vinyl gloves next to our ink storage and at our ink handling station. We also keep a stack of newspapers by the handling station and always lay a few out on the table before handling ink. In the inevitable event that ink drips or spills, clean up is quick and easy. We also place high absorption shop rags or recycled old, unusable tees at both the storage rack and handling table for easy access in case of a spill. Shop rags and tees tend to be more absorptive and soak up the ink much better than cheap paper towels that just smear the ink around.

When it comes to handling and storing of ink you can never be too vigilant. Even if you employ all the suggestions above you can still end up with a mess on your hands, whether it be knocking over a container or transferring a small spot from your arm to a couple of tees in production. However, I’ve found that taking these steps can dramatically reduce waste, increase production, and keep things around the shop as clean as it can be. Hopefully implementing these tips in your shop will help save you some time, money, and possibly your sanity.

Selling Customized T-shirts: How to Sell Old Wine in A New Bottle?

It’s difficult to put in innovative thoughts to some products (iron on stickers)that had been repetitive since the beginning of time, or at least, from the time they were discovered or out into use. And you will promptly catch our point if you had been in the t-shirt selling business which offers a very limited variety as compared to other apparels.

But your business might face a brunt if you offer same things every day, and no, customers don’t understand the monotony that you do while selecting your product range. If you are into the customized t-shirts business, you probably already have t-shirt design software. So, in this blog, we will just discuss how you can put into a better use by offering inventive products to your customers:

Offer Embroidered T-shirts

The age old art of embroidery is never out of fashion. Moreover, with people being more open to experimental clothing it’s a great scheme to offer embroidered t-shirts to your customers. You don’t need to get another tool, for your Magento t-shirt designer should be enough for taking up orders. Your customers just need to print the design using the software and you get it embroidered. If you can source it, you can also give out an option to go for either machine or hand embroidery.

Infuse the Pop Culture

Don’t blindly adopt the motivational quotes and conventional designs to your templates and already designed shirts. Be an aware businessman and take note over what’s driving the world crazy at the moment. It can be song lyrics; it can be a daily show character, a meme that’s trending, or even a political parody. Anything that’s popular and gets to the tee increases its selling value. The more the fan base, the more your sales. Just keep a track of social media platforms to notice the trends, cool task, isn’t it?

Experiment with the Anatomy

T-shirts for a long time had been just round necks and polo collars. But as already mentioned, you need more to satiate the fashion needs of the contemporary experimental generation. Add canvas more options to your online clothing design tool. You can add long t-shirts which are quite trendy with girls and women these days. Different necklines can also be tried out. For unisex tees, you can add mandarin collars or just add into the cool factor by offering customized ripped t-shirts and see how it sells like hotcakes!

The key to success in the apparel industry is constant innovation. Even though t-shirts (t shirts iron on transfer)are popular the way they are, you can’t depend just on them and satisfied with whatever you are receiving. The sales graph of your store needs to show progress. And for now, we are positive that the above suggestions would help revamp your t-shirt store to pull manifold customers and your sales jumping. Cheers!