|Even if you’re a veteran at vinyl
lettering, this checklist may help you avoid some flubs.
Set press application temperature at 335°F.
BUT CHECK YOUR PRESS: Temperature controls of individual
machines vary. Make tests with scrap lettering and
old jersey. Try several temperatures and keep a record.
When you find the right temperature for your press,
make a permanent record.
When vinyl lettering is correctly positioned on
jersey, apply firm pressure and heat for 30 seconds.
NOTE: If lettering edges start to bleed—that
is, the lettering loses its straight edge—reduce
to Apply POLY-PRO Twill?
||Any Special Tips for Applying
|A lettering press; access to a high speed commercial-type
sewing machine; 100% cotton thread that is vat-dyed
and mercerized; plus an experienced sewing machine
||POLY-PRO twill comes with an adhesive on the back,
which is used to position the lettering for quick sewing.
The adhesive should be heated in a press to hold.
heat POLY-PRO twill above 325°F. or the polyester
||Allow garment to cool before sewing.
the press at 250°F., then apply heat and medium
pressure to the positioned lettering for 10 seconds.
||For sewing, see LETTERING
for Vinyl Lettering Problems
A Teflon pillow can make all the difference between
vinyl lettering success or failure; between high speed
or tortoise-like pace. It is a 1-inch thick piece
of polyurethane foam, about the size of a jersey’s body, wrapped in a
sheet of Teflon-coated fiber glass. The benefits:
- It’s easier to spread the working side of
the jersey flat, to eliminate wrinkles.
- Wrinkles from the “other side” of
the Jersey are not pressed into the lettering. BUT
NOTE: when applying vinyl to the back of any V-neck
jersey or to ANY very small jersey, put a piece of
masonite inside the Teflon wrap, next to the “other
side”. The neck binding can press through the
pillow to damage the vinyl lettering.
- During application the special adhesive bonded
to the vinyl lettering will seal itself into any
fabric it touches. The Teflon spreads the adhesive
so that it encapsulates the jersey’s threads
assuring an excellent bond.
- For sleeve numbers, we use a specially cut Teflon
- Arrange jerseys, in sizes stated by the purchase
order, in a stack with the largest size ordered on
the bottom. Follow that size by the next largest
andd so on to the smallest size on top.
- IF the purchase order does NOT state that certain
numbers must go on specific jersey sizes, do this:
Arrange the numbers in a stack with the lowest number
(example, 10) on top and the highest number (example,
88) on bottom.
- IF number are specified by jersey sizes, do this:
Start with the numbers for the largest jersey size.
Arrange them in a stack. Go to numbers for next largest
jersey and add them to the number stack. Continue
stacking numbers by jersey size until the ones for
the smallest jerseys are on top of the number stack.
- Then—work the jersey and numberal stacks
from top to bottom.
- The result should be a full roster of jerseys
with numbers and sizes perfectly matched.