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The #1 Heat Printing Music Video

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Josh and Zach Ellsworth share their hidden talents, rapping and singing about heat printing at the SGIA Expo.

Josh and Zach Ellsworth share their hidden talents, rapping and singing about heat printing at the SGIA Expo.

It’s a hit with us! You might not think that it’s possible to sing a song about heat printing, but our heat printing experts, Josh Ellsworth and Zach Ellsworth did just that at the recent SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. It was a highlight of the show and I’m glad to be finally able to share it with you. I don’t think it’s going to make the top of the iTunes chart this week but everyone here is really proud of this performance. A lot of work went into preparing this and Josh and Zach did a fantastic job, educating and entertaining all in one. Special thanks to  Carole Callert & Lynn Wasinski for creating the heat printed garments featured in the show, Sarah Montreuil & Nicki Catalina for their enthusiastic modeling flips, Courtney Kubitza for working the heat press.Taylor Hackley from Stahls’ TV helped execute the video content used on the monitor during the presentation. And a big shout out to Deborah Sexton who videotaped the session. You’ll be seeing more of Zach, Josh, Courtney and our other heat printing experts on Stahls’ TV, which has a new line up of live, online learning sessions coming to your computer in November and December. Sign up now. After you watch the video of course.

San Antonio Open House Oct 30 10am-4pm

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CORRECTEDOpenHouseIf you live in or around San Antonio, please stop by our Open House taking place on October 30, from 1oam-4pm. The address is 14855 Blanco Road, Suite 401 San Antonio, TX. We’ll be giving live demonstrations on printer/cutters, vinyl cutters, DTG, heat presses and more. See how easy it is to heat print just about anything. Come and meet our heat printing experts and learn how to expand your business, print full color transfers, get started in heat printing and much more. We hope to see you there!

How To Create Art for Oversize Lettering On Shoulders

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You can order custom oversize shoulder prints from Transfer Express. They will do the artwork for you!

You can order custom oversize shoulder prints from Transfer Express. They will do the artwork for you!

We’ve been getting a lot of requests from you to explain the best ways to print oversize or “billboard” lettering across the back shoulders of shirts. You can either use transfers from Transfer Express  and let them do the artwork for you. If you have a cutter,watch this video, Designing and Cutting for Billboard Crews and see how you can use Cadworxlive.com to easily create the lettering you need. If you have any questions, let me know.

The How-To Heat Print Experts

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"Billboard" or across the shoulder lettering on the back of shirts is extremely popular. Click on this how-to video links to see how its done.

Josh Ellsworth talks about “billboard” or across the shoulder lettering on the back of shirts at the recent SGIA Expo. Click on this how-to video links to see how its done.

One thing many of the booth visitors we met at the recent SGIA Expo had in common– they were all looking for how-to information and new ideas. And of course, ways to expand their businesses–who isn’t these days?  They came to the right booth, because our heat printing experts were giving live demos and helping people improve their productivity without stopping. (Later this week I’ll be posting another great video of our experts having a lot of fun with the topic of heat printing) But even if you weren’t able to make it to the show, you can still get the how-to information everyone is looking for from the comfort of your desktop by registering for an upcoming Stahls’ TV presentation. What were show visitors looking at?  In addition to huge interest in digital media and full color CAD-PRINTZ, there was a lot of activity around the Rip-Away demonstration, where we had an embroidery machine at work in order to show people how easy it is to get great applique looks. We now have 5 heat transfer materials that can be stitched, “ripped” and heat pressed to create fast and easy applique looks. Click here for a video on how Rip-Away works. There was also quite an interest in “billboard” lettering, also known as “across the shoulder” lettering on long sleeve shirts. To learn how to create billboard lettering with transfers, click here. To learn how to create billboard lettering with heat transfer materials, click here.  There are going to be many more opportunities to learn how to heat print. Stahls TV channel, which is dedicated to educating decorators on everything from the basics to the latest heat printing techniques. Here are two upcoming Stahls’ TV events for which you can register. Remember, these are live interactive sessions, which means you have the ability for you to have all your questions answered live throughout the presentation. For a complete listing of upcoming Stahls’ TV presentations, click here.  You can sign up for the two sessions listed below by clicking on the links below the course descriptions.

The Bling Report – Trends that Make Sales Sparkle 
STAHLS TV on November 3rd 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
 
Hosted by Courtney Matlick-Kubitza, Stahls’ CAD-CUT® Direct

Make your business sparkle and shine by dazzling your customers with the latest trends in bling. You’ll learn new ways customize apparel with glitter, rhinestones, sequins, metallic, and bling appliqué. 

Sign up to attend one of these live, online how-to classes on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4th, presented by Courtney.

Sign up to attend one of these live, online how-to classes on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4th, presented by Courtney.



In this class you’ll learn:

  • How to embellish apparel and promotional items with the latest bling technologies.
  • Ways to mix together a variety of bling finishes to take designs to the next level, from glitter and rhinestones to sequins and foils.
  • How to use your heat press, vinyl cutter, or embroidery machine to create the latest trends in bling

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Click here to register for this Stahls’ TV class


Stahls’ Heat Press Success Class
STAHLS’ TV on November 4th 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
 
Hosted by Courtney Matlick-Kubitza, Stahls’ CAD-CUT® Direct

With your new Hotronix® heat press, you can decorate thousands of items with thousands of different heat transfers. Stahls’ and Stahls’ Transfer Express® are the largest manufacturers of heat press machines and heat transfers in the US. This 2-hour class will make sense of the products they offer while showing you how to make money with your heat press. 

In this class you will learn:

  • How to load virtually any item onto your heat press for decoration
  • Different cover sheets and when to use each one
  • How to choose the perfect heat transfer for your job
  • How to make money with number and letter personalization
  • How to heat apply bling effects
  • How to heat apply foil
  • How to make the most of your rhinestone transfer options
  • How to achieve fashionable finishes with distressed transfers

Click here to register. 

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CAD-Printz full color transfers are the answer for customers that don't want to limit the number of colors in their logos, a growing trend.

CAD-Printz full color transfers are the answer for customers that don’t want to limit the number of colors in their logos, a growing trend.

Mark Merola demonstrates our new Laser Alignment system from Hotronix. You'll never mess up graphic placement again with this sought-after accessory. Works with ANY heat press.

Mark Merola demonstrates our new Laser Alignment system from Hotronix. You’ll never mess up graphic placement again with this sought-after accessory. Works with ANY heat press.

Yes, you can personalize just about anything you can put under a heat press, like these slipper boots. Perfect for gifts.

Yes, you can personalize just about anything you can put under a heat press, like these slipper boots. Perfect for gifts.

There's more to printing on tees than across the front or back of the shirt. Don't forget to add interest with sleeve prints.

There’s more to printing on tees than across the front or back of the shirt. Don’t forget to add interest with sleeve prints.

What Happened at SGIA Las Vegas

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I had a great talk with Bob  of EAGraphics. He reminded me that he purchased his first equipment from my Aunt Gertie back in 1976!

I had a great talk with Bob of E.AGraphics. He reminded me that he purchased his first equipment from my Aunt Gertie back in 1976!

You know the saying, “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas?” Well there’s no need for us to keep it a secret that the recent SGIA Expo 2014 was a hugely successful event. As always, our team members who were present appreciated meeting so many of you who were able to stop by. And so did I. One of my favorite encounters was meeting with Bob and Elaine of E.A.Graphics. E.A. Graphics is located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, which is very close to Stahls’ in St. Clair Shores!  E.A. Graphics is family-owned and operated and has been in business since 1975.  But we have more in common than just being neighbors. Bob reminded me that he purchased some of his original screen printing equipment back in 1976 from our Aunt Gertie. Gertie, or Gertrude, was our father Ernie’s older sister. If you’re not familiar with the Stahl family history, our grandparents A.C. and Ethel Stahl started Commercial Art Products in 1932.  It began as a small family-run lettering and imprinting business in Detroit with their three children—Ernest, Helen and Gertrude.  Commercial Art Products prospered by providing its customers with virtually any type of lettering or imprinting they demanded—screen printing, hand-sewn lettering, embroidery, chenille, and sign printing. If a product didn’t exist to fill the customer’s needs, A.C. Stahl invented one. As the  imprinting industry became more and more specialized, new markets had evolved.  Each of the second-generation Stahl children decided to concentrate on a different niche of the business.Helen Stahl-Hart began Hart Processing in Marine City, Michigan. Gertrude Stahl-Balddock focused mainly on embroidery and chenille but also offered screen printing.  She named her company, Service Emblem of Detroit. Our parents, Ernie and Ricki

Thanks Bob and Elaine for stopping by! Your "selfie-shirt" turned out great.

Thanks Bob and Elaine for stopping by! Your “selfie-shirt” turned out great.

Stahl accepted the challenge of offering customers pre-cut lettering and numbers and started Stahls’ Felt Stamping (today’s Stahls’) out of their garage in Roseville, Michigan. So it was great to be reminded of that history when Bob stopped by.  I used to work at Service Emblem when I was in high school, cutting screens by hand. Bob and Elaine were on the lookout for new digital technologies and took a few moments to have a “selfie-shirt” made in our booth. After taking their photo against a green screen, our artist on hand, David Grimm photo-edited their faces into a template and then the shirt was printed onto a t-shirt using Epson Direct-to-Garment technology via the SureColor F2000.  I have a lot more to report and many more photos, and we will be sharing more of what “happened in Vegas” next week. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.