How to Achieve All-Over Sublimated Garments

Aaron Montgomery has been involved with the garment decorating and personalization industry since 2000 and the digital printing industry since 1997. He has been actively involved in the industry trade shows via speaking, attending and exhibiting for the last 16 years. He also writes articles for the industry magazines and blogs on topics that include marketing, social media, the personalization market, and garment decorating techniques. He is dedicated to helping small businesses grow and succeed. You can find Aaron co-hosting the industry's oldest and most listened to Podcast - 2 Regular Guys (www.2regularguys.com). You can also find blogs about a wide range of topics on his own website at aaronmontgomery.info.

To achieve clean, solid-color sublimated garments, the method used is called cut-and-sew all-over garment decoration. Decorators sublimate cutout pieces of the garment from a roll of fabric or sublimate onto the roll of fabric with a drum-style heat press, then cut those pieces out. After the pieces are sublimated, they’re sewn onto the garment. This can be one of the trickiest apparel sublimation methods due to the sewing process.

Challenges from the patterns for the cut pieces to making the right sizes to your customer’s needs can arise, and it takes practice to perfect. If you have good patterns, you can find local upholstery or garment repair-type businesses that are willing to sew the garments for you.

—Aaron Montgomery, MontCo Consulting, 2 Regular Guys