Use Heat-Resistant Foam to Avoid Transfer Lines in 6 Easy Steps

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.

There are several steps that can be used to eliminate those transfer lines. Try using a special heat-resistant foam to reduce or remove the edge line in your sublimation transfer. This is the most in-depth solution, but should give you the winning results. Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. Take the heat resistant foam and cut it down to be smaller than your transfer paper, but larger than the image you are trying to transfer.
  2. Calibrate the press by putting the heat-resistant foam in it. When the press closes, it should reduce the size of the foam by half its normal size.
  3. Place the foam on the location where the image is going to be pressed and then cover the entire platen with a Teflon cover sheet.
  4. Place the garment on the press in a threaded fashion and align the image area over the top of the foam piece.
  5. Use a light spray tack adhesive and spray your transfer. Then put it over the top of the foam piece so the edges of the transfer are out over the edges of the foam.
  6. Place a blowout sheet over the top of the transfer and press according to the manufacturer instructions (typically around 400 degrees for 45 to 60 seconds).

—Aaron Montgomery, 2 Regular Guys, MontCo Consulting