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How To Use a Cutter to Make Team Uniforms, Bags and More

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This video by Josh Ellsworth has received over 44,000 views on YouTube and received many positive comments. If you’ve ever considered using a cutter, heat transfer vinyl/film and your heat press to create custom items on demand, this 11 minute overview will show you how. If you already own a cutter it’s time to get started! I know that we talk to many customers that purchase cutters and never take them out of the box. If this sounds familiar to you, I urge you to let me know what’s preventing you from getting started. Hopefully this video will show you how easy it can be.

How To Tips on Weeding Heat Transfer Films

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Even though we’re constantly striving to make it faster and easier to weed our heat transfer films, it doesn’t hurt to hear what CAD-CUT expert Josh Ellsworth has to share on the subject.

Wishing You A Joyous Easter Weekend

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Stock transfer design courtesy of The WIldside. They have dozens of religious motifs.

Stock transfer design courtesy of The WIldside. They have dozens of religious motifs.

On behalf of my wife Mary and the entire Stahl family, we would like to wish everyone a safe and joyous Easter weekend. We are grateful for many things this Easter and we are looking forward to spending time with family members. It is a privilege to be able to have the opportunity to work in this industry and we are thankful to have so many loyal customers and readers. (Images courtesy of The Wildside.)

Enjoy your Easter! Stock transfer design from The Wildside.

Enjoy your Easter! Stock transfer design from The Wildside.

What Heat Press To Take on the Road?

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The Hotronix Auto Opening Clam is a good press to consider for taking on the road.

The Hotronix Auto Opening Clam is a good press to consider for taking on the road.

Heat printing at events is something that many of you have tried with success and something that many of you ask us about everyday. A few years ago, Transfer Express posted a great article about how embroidery expert Majorie Corrow, of Life’s A Stitch Embroidery in Niskayuna, N.Y. takes her heat press on the road. Here’s a link to that blog so you can read all about it. If you’re wondering what type of heat press you should take on the road, here are some things to consider, courtesy of Ben Robinson at Hotronix:

A few things to keep in mind when event or travel heat printing:

1. The weight of the press. If you have to lug it around I wouldn’t recommend a Fusion or Swinger unless you are going to be inside for several days and anticipate a heavy workload.

2. Your space. Clam-style presses are usually preferred for printing at events, especially if  you only have a small 10 x10 booth that may restrict a Swinger.

3. Lastly this is the only time we recommend fewer bells and whistles. Keep it simple. Even if you have a Fusion or Air Fusion in your shop, when your power source is coming from a generator or long extension cord, you want a press that will get the job done on as few volts as possible. All these considerations spell out a MAXX 15 x 15 clam or you can upgrade to a 16×16 auto clam. No matter what you decide to travel with, I would definitely recommend a Hotronix Caddie to wheel around your event and back to your transportation when you’re finished.

You will want to consider bringing a Hotronix Heat Press Caddie to your event. Not only will it save counter space, you will have more flexibility.

You will want to consider bringing a Hotronix Heat Press Caddie to your event. Not only will it save counter space, you will have more flexibility.

More Faces Behind the Scenes

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I received a lot of positive response about my recent post on the people behind cadworxlive.com. Which reminded me that in the long run, people do business with people, not companies. We know that the people who work at GroupeSTAHL companies around the world are very important to our success. And it’s probably why one of the most popular marketing pieces we ever created here at Stahls’ was called “93 Reasons to Call Stahls’.” (It was mailed out in the early 1990′s, so that explains many of the hairstyles.) The text used in the piece talked about “smiles you can hear over the phone,” which is something we’re still working hard at doing. What’s more astounding–many of these smiling faces are still a part of our team, even though today our “family” has grown to include many more, at many more locations. Do you remember getting this marketing piece in the mail? I’d love to hear from you, especially if you still have a copy in your shop!

This marketing piece was very popular with our customers. Some tell us they still have it pinned up in their shops. We're happy to report that even though this was printed back in the early 1990's, you'll still find many of these smiling faces still part of the Stahls' family.

This marketing piece was very popular with our customers. Some tell us they still have it pinned up in their shops. We’re happy to report that even though this was printed back in the early 1990′s, you’ll still find many of these smiling faces still part of the Stahls’ family.