Heat Pressing High Visibility Jackets

Heat printing jackets can be extremely
lucrative for your business but it can be
extremely risky to without the proper technique. In this short segment of video that you’re
about to watch, we teach you how to heat print this polyurethane shell jacket. This is
part of a larger video series that’s available on
stahlstv.com under our broadcast archive. We hope you enjoy. and we’re going to do a jacket the is a safety windbreaker that’s
actually waterproof and made of polyurethane. So I’ll lay this out for you. I’m not sure if you can kinda get the texture
of the jacket but it’s polyurethane based material. It’s very shiny, very glossy. Still has the same
reflective striping. We made the sacrifice for you so you know you can heat print it but all I did is I took the hood off the jacket. It normally
has a hood and i cut it up into strips and this is
just a quick way to test garments. So I stripped the hood up so I could test
several pieces and see if it left a heat press mark or damage the jacket and I just applied a small piece a
Fashion-FILM® from a scrap design to make sure it wouldn’t be impacted under the heat. So with that we chose Fashion-FILM® to decorate this and we
know it’ll work. So let’s heat print this one for you. I’m going to unzip the jacket and actually switch over to my six by 10-inch platen because I’m
looking for something that can make it between the zipper and the
reflective stripes. I need a nice rectangular shape. Now left chest is a common placement for a jacket so I’m going to zip it all the
way open. I’m used to loading things upside down so I’ll maintain that here and I’m going to flip out this component.
You don’t want any extra pressure or seems underneath so I’m flipping out this little extra fabric that’s inside of here. I’m just
gonna kinda wrap it around my six by 10 attachment and try to fit it on so the zipper and the
seam structure’s hanging off the edge as is the reflective striping and this
happens to be a perfect for this size. Now if it wasn’t a
perfect fit then I have the option of using my Print Pad and building up the layer from underneath to make sure I raise it a little more
and it doesn’t impact any of these components. So you have to have the tools available to
you. I’m going to use Fashion-FILM® in the color black I’m gonna position my left chest graphic. One thing I am
concerned about with this jacket and we found really is that when you
heat press this, more than it melting, it wants to leave
an indent mark from this liner in the actual jacket. So if you can view that on your screen there that liner it may indent if I give this the full
application. So Fashion-FILM® has something called a two second fast-tack. I can simply
tack it on there for a couple seconds and release that liner so it doesn’t impact the jacket and
damage it. But hit it for a few seconds. Hopefully we have we achieved enough pressure there. Remove the liner. You can see there’s no
mylar mark at all because I got it off of there quickly and now I’m ready to cover it and give it the full application. I have a completed result. Very soft.
Looks like it’s really made for the jacket. No adhesive squeezing out. No real issues there, just a really nice result. Now one tip I want to give you as your
decorating this high vis apparel: you can use basic graphics. You could use reflective material. One way to get like a high vis like finish without having to pay for reflective is to use neon colors. So in this case we’re going to
utilize our neon yellow Fashion-FILM® across the bottom. If I were marketing this in the safety industry, I would call it safety green or safety yellow. It matches that shade of the actual jacket itself. 6 by 20 platen of course I have to load it this way so the heater locks down on the 20 inches of it. You can’t just rotate it around and heat print it. You won’t get heat out to the sides. Position my Fashion-FILM® design and make sure it’s the same distance from the bottom seam clear across so it’s straight. Place and press for 10 seconds. So I gave that the full 10 second
application. I wanted to point out the indent here. You can see when you
don’t do the two second fast-tack, you get the little bit of a mylar indent around the outside. When you’re heat
pressing items if you notice any lifting as you’re
peeling it, feel free to cover with a cover sheet and just heat press it again and the cost on
that is 26.99 for standard sizes and basically the market price of that
out in the market decorated, I saw it selling anywhere from
sixty to eighty dollars. So when you customize that with you
know five or six dollars in Fashion-FILM®
you’re really looking at profit opportunity upwards of thirty to
forty dollars per jacket. So are certainly a profitable
market target.

6 thoughts on “Heat Pressing High Visibility Jackets”

  1. @stahl'stv or @CADCUTDirect, , along with fashion film, what other brand of vinyl do you guys sale that works well on waterproof polyester and nylon?

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