APPLYING VINYL LETTERING
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 temp. 10°F.

   
What’s Required to Apply POLY-PRO Twill? Any Special Tips for Applying POLY-PRO Twill?
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 operator. 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.
 
Lettering Tips
Do not heat POLY-PRO twill above 325°F. or the polyester will distort. Allow garment to cool before sewing.
Set the press at 250°F., then apply heat and medium pressure to the positioned lettering for 10 seconds. For sewing, see LETTERING TIPS
 
A Cure-All 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 pillow.

Teflon pillows are available to dealers from the Liebe Company.

   

HOW TO GET RIGHT NUMBERS ON RIGHT JERSEYS EVERY TIME

You already have the components of a triple check system for accuracy in filling an order for numbers applied to jerseys. These are the purchase order, the jerseys and the numbers themselves.

  • 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.
   
 
 
 
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