Stahls Laser Alignment System

We love a new product that makes heat pressing t-shirts faster, and easier!

Throwing out crooked, heat pressed t-shirts is a thing of the past. Let us introduce you to Stahls Laser Alignment System. It only takes a few minutes to assemble this 4 independently positional laser gadget that will help you accurately line up your artwork for all your heat pressing jobs. This system can be set up on any stable surface and you can position the 4 lasers separately, in a ton of different dimensions to ensure that your design is centered, even and accurate. This product works on any type of heat press or flat work space.

The basic use of this laser would be to have it used while you line up your t-shirt on the press. Once your t-shirt is lined up, place your heat transfer on the t-shirt using the lasers for correct placement and then heat press.

An alternative way to use this laser would be to setup a flat work space, and align the lasers as needed. Lay your shirt flat, with the help of the lasers place your heat transfer down and use heat resistant tape to secure the transfer. Repeat as needed on all the shirts you plan on making. Then just slide your shirt on to the press, heat press and you’re done.

The Laser Alignment Wizard comes with your purchase to further help you position and line up the lasers accurately based on your transfer size and shape. This wizard is a template that folds out and is placed directly onto your platen. Line up the lasers with the lines on the Alignment Wizard to help with all different types of transfers (center, left chest, right chest placement, etc.)

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Stahls STX 16×16 Heat Press with the Laser Alignment

Click here to order today and leave crooked heat transfers in the past.

McLogan at the Imprinted Sportswear Show: It’s the ISS Show Long Beach 2016

McLogan will be at the Imprinted Sportswear Show 2016 in Long Beach, CA

The next Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS Show) is almost here!

January 22-24th, 2016, Long Beach, CA; visit McLogan’s booth #465.

We are so excited to debut all this at the show:

  • New Screen Printing Starter Kit; All-in-one starter kit can teach anyone how to screen print. Best news is everything you need to print comes in one box!
  • Monthly Screen Printing Classes; Learn how to screen print, with hands on, interactive lessons, led by Ross Hunter in our new education room. Artwork, burning a screen, printing and what not to do, so that you can run a thriving business.
  • Thermotron Heat Presses; The most affordable heat press on the market. Come see why we have been selling these machines like crazy!
  • Live screen printing of Permaset Waterbased inks on Friday;
  • Screen printing with International Coatings Plastisol inks on Saturday;
  • NFL Football game on Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Come to the ISS show to see why we pride ourselves in having the most personal, and knowledgeable staff to help you with your new or current business. Our business is a success, because of all of you; so come chat with us and see all the new products we have to offer. See you at ISS!

 

 

St Patrick’s Day Supplies

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St Patrick’s Day is this week and it has us feeling festive! Our screen printing and sign customers have been buying all kinds of different green products, so we thought we would share the most popular ones with you all.

Here’s our list of St Patty’s Day Greens:

Montana Gold Spray Paint which comes in many different shades of green…green apple, acid green, pine, olive green, shock green light, etc. These spray paints are great for every craft, art project, and for signs.

Nazdar GV Vinyl Ink available in 2 different shades of green to screen print onto vinyl stickers.

Permaprint Waterbase Poster Ink in green or Glo green for cards, artwork, and posters.

International Coatings 7600 Series in Kelly Green for screen printing garments, bags, etc.

International Coatings Glow in the Dark we love the look of this glowing green plastisol for all your screen printing needs.

Matsui 301 Eco-Series Water Based has a great green shade.  Softer feel for your print jobs.

Oracal 651 Vinyl comes in 6 different greens for vinyl signs.

ThermoFlex Plus 5 different shades of green, but Kelly Green seems to be a favorite among customers.  The best for heat transfer t-shirts.

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Get a 20% credit on any of these green items on St. Patrick’s Day!

How to Heat Press Bags

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The Machine:

The MAXX Heat Press is offered in 3 different sizes with a digital time and temperature display and would be a great press for vinyl bags and all other heat press requirements. This model is Stahls most affordable press; made in the USA.  You have the option of buying smaller platens, so that your bag can fit securely and snug, but it isn’t required.  The MAXX has a wide opening for easy layout/alignment, making it that much easier to use.

The Design:

There are stock designs that you can purchase from Stahls or Horizon Products.  Horizon Products will specialize in more of your custom design needs.   If you plan on creating your own designs there are plenty of creative supplies to choose from:  rhinestones, heat transfer vinyl, flock transfers, and screen printed transfers.

CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator are the two most popular design softwares.  Once you learn how to use the software your designs can be used with vinyl cutters, printer cutters and you’ll have images that are 100% original.

The Bag:

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Choose the type of bag that will best suit your clients. Totes, grocery/shopping, sport/gym bags and  backpacks are the more popular choices.  Make sure that you check the materials of your bags since they range from cotton, linen, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and recycled.  You want your design to be compatible with your bag shape and fabric.  Keep in mind that recycled bags have a low melting point, so be sure to keep the heat under 300 degrees Fahrenheit and for only a few seconds…your materials will have to fit within those specifications as well.  Thermoflex Xtra seems to be the best vinyl for recycled heat press bags.

Mission Imprintables offers a wide variety of wholesale bags to make purchasing easier and more affordable.

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All About the Accessories:

Teflon cover sheets that are 5ml thick.  Mclogan’s makes it a priority to get Teflon sheets that are made in the USA and thicker than the average 3ml sheets.  The 3ml sheets go bad after a few presses.  The 5ml sheets disperse heat evenly, are long lasting and ensure that your materials don’t get stuck to your platen.

Heat transfer pillows made with 5ml Teflon to help absorb seams, zippers, collars or buttons.  These pillows help to raise the fabric, so the heat will go evenly where needed.

Quick slip top platen covers these covers make it so much easier to clean your platens, disperse the heat evenly, and further protect your press. Heat presses have two platens, a top platen and a bottom platen.  The top platen will administer the heat, while the bottom platen will hold your garment.

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How to Use a Heat Press to Design T-Shirts

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The Machine:

A high quality heat press with time, pressure and temperature settings like the STX Hotronix Auto Clam will be the perfect machine to get your jobs done. It’s best to buy the largest heat press, so that you have the versatility to design on a number of different textiles with the ease of a quick change platen.  The auto clam style heat press has magnetic technology that auto-opens to prevent over application.  As well as an easy lock down feature, so that you aren’t having to put too much tension on the wrists, elbows and shoulders with each press.

The T-Shirt Design:

Once you’ve purchased your heat press, next will be the design process.  There are stock designs that you can purchase from Stahls or Horizon Products.  Horizon Products will specialize in more of your custom design needs.   If you plan on creating your own designs there are plenty of creative supplies to choose from:  rhinestones, heat transfer vinyl, flock transfers, and screen printed transfers.

CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator are the two most popular design softwares.  Once you learn how to use the software your designs can be used with vinyl cutters, printer cutters and you’ll have images that are 100% original.

Purchasing the T-Shirt:

After your design is cut then your next step is to pick out the t-shirt you plan to heat press. Popular types include cotton, cotton/polyester blends, 100% polyester, nylon, Lycra and spandex.  It’s best to order shirts at wholesale places from a website like Mission Imprintables. Some people recommend doing a 2 second press on a plain t-shirt before your actual design press, to ensure that your garment is moisture and wrinkle free.

All About Accessories:

Teflon cover sheets that are 5ml thick.  Mclogan’s makes it a priority to get Teflon sheets that are made in the USA and thicker than the average 3ml sheets.  The 3ml sheets go bad after a few presses.  The 5ml sheets disperse heat evenly, are long lasting and ensure that your materials don’t get stuck to your platen.

Heat transfer pillows made with 5ml Teflon to help absorb seams, zippers, collars or buttons.  These pillows help to raise the fabric, so the heat will go evenly where needed.

Quick slip top platen covers these covers make it so much easier to clean your platens, disperse the heat evenly, and further protect your press. Heat presses have two platens, a top platen and a bottom platen.  The top platen will administer the heat, while the bottom platen will hold your garment.

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10 Best Screen Printing and Sign Supply Products

There’s been a big shift in the screen printing industry towards eco- friendly products that yield great results, while being healthy for you and the planet.  We’ve also seen vinyl take off, with car wraps and the majority of those jobs being either for advertisements, or just strait up color changes.

Here’s our top 5 Screen Printing Supplies:

  1. Franmar Color Change:  an eco-friendly way to unclog and clean screen printing mesh.
  2. Eco Click Frames: environmentally safe product where you buy 1 screen and then can switch out and change mesh counts as needed.  No glues or chemicals needed!
  3. Thermotron Heat Press:  affordable heat press with the 3 in 1 LCD screen to help manage the tempature, time, and quantity.
  4. Livingston Tag Pallet Board:  allows for printing of a t-shirt neck label and the front of the t-shirt in one step.
  5. Mclogan Emulsion Remover Concentrate: most affordable emulsion remover on the market.

Top 5 Sign Supplies:

  1. Magnetic Vinyl Applicator:  the magnetic squeegee will hold your knife, while the squeegee will hold your vinyl in place.  You don’t even need to use tape!
  2. Knifeless Tech Design Line:  Tape that cuts through vinyl just like a plotter…genius!
  3. Avery Supreme Vinyl Wrap: This dual layer vinyl combines both color and clear protective layers providing a paint-like finish that is both durable and dazzling.
  4. Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640:  Roland’s fastest, most powerful wide – format color printer/cutter ever, the 64-inch Pro 4 ushers in a new era of quality, precision and performance.
  5. Nikkalite Reflective Vinyl:  Highly reflective vinyl with a 7 year warranty.

xr640-1It’s been a great year and we thank you for your business.  Now that 2015 is officially off and running we hope that your year is filled with love, wealth, happiness and health!

 

ISS Long Beach 2015 Show Coming in January!!!

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Meet the Mclogans’ team at the ISS Long Beach 2015 Show from January 16-18th.

WhereLong Beach Convention Center

When: January 16-18th

What: “ISS trade shows bring together buyers, suppliers and manufacturers in screen printing, embroidery and graphic design. The shows are filled with exhibitors ranging from apparel screen printing equipment, multi-head embroidery machines, direct-to-garment printing options, heat-applied rhinestone designs, neon inks, performance stretch inks, sublimation equipment and much more.”

Why:  Come visit us for our “Show Sale Prices” and for free giveaways.  Mclogans will be in booths 556 and 557.

Our digital booth will be in 556 where we will be showing off Graphtec Vinyl Cutters, Roland Vinyl Print/Cut, Stahls Heat Presses and Thermotron Heat Presses.

Booth 557 will be our screen printing booth.  We will have Hopkins BWM Screen Printing Presses, Permaset Waterbased Inks, International Coatings Inks, and Triangle Plastisol Inks.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Product Spotlight: Gecko Flex Specialty Melt Material

Gecko Flex Specialty Melt Material is a new product and one that we are excited to introduce!  Gecko Melt is made for people trying to heat press low volume foil transfers.  Instead of having to screen print a smaller job, you can now cut the adhesive and heat press different colors of foil.  Gecko Melt is a clear adhesive where you can now use all textile foils in lots of different colors.  Foil transfers can be a valuable asset for any screen printer wanting to create an eye-catching graphic effect. It also makes an interesting alternative for applications that have reflective inks. Foil is a great way to accent any garment.

 

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The Importance of Heat Press Teflon Covers

Heat presses can be found almost everywhere in today’s market, from screen printing shops, to vinyl sign shops.  The heat press is a large iron like press that will allow you to imprint designs onto a number of materials.  Your heat press has two platens, a top platen and a bottom platen.  The top platen will administer the heat, while the bottom platen will hold your garment.  Quick Slip Top Covers are platen covers are pre-sewn teflon covers that will protect your platens and these should be used every time you use your heat press

Here are some reasons why you should use Quick Slip Top Covers:

  • The covers will protect the heat press and your image, so that it doesn’t stick to your platens
  • Teflon is used to disperse the heat evenly, so your imprint adheres to the garment
  • Protects the shirt from residue
  • Easy to clean, just wipe it down
  • Much safer way to heat press, so you don’t burn yourself
  • Your employees won’t lose the teflon since it will now be attached to your heat press
  • Seamless more professional look for you shop

Your platen covers will last for up to a thousand presses and we recommend having two per press.

Buy two platen covers and Mclogan will you give you the discounted price of $60.  If you need assistance or have questions call us here.

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Grow Your Business With Roland Printers

Roland Printers offer superior digital printing equipment with reliability, service and support. Roland’s inkjet family includes a wide range of technologically advanced, yet user-friendly, color printers and printer/cutters designed to suit the varying needs of graphics and specialty imaging professionals.

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Die Cut Labels and Decals
Roland’s printer/cutters are perfect for creating die-cut labels and decals of virtually any shape with optimum precision, speed and ease. Integrated printing and contour-cutting technology simplifies the process dramatically, saving you considerable time and money. Roland’s printer/cutters also allow for unattended printing. You can program a job to run all night, and your labels or decals will be perfectly printed, contour cut and waiting for you in the morning.

Banners
Offering different ink configurations and boasting advanced  print head technology, Roland printer/cutters are designed to produce stunning banners at fast speeds. State-of-the-art print head and variable droplet technology delivers banners with rich color density, greater detail in the highlights and smoother blends and transitions overall.  248820_1873122682165_7340521_n

Signs
Roland printer/cutters work in conjunction with Roland’s Eco-Sol MAX  eco solvent ink to create signs with exceptional images and text that are durable up to three years outdoors without lamination. Offering high color density and a wide gamut, Eco-Sol MAX  performs beautifully on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Prints dry quickly for easy handling and production throughout the sign production and finishing process.

Vehicle Wraps
Roland’s large format (30”-64”) printer/cutters are synonymous with professional quality, eye-catching vehicle wraps and graphics. Each model boasts an integrated two-stage heater system that dries prints quickly, even in high-speed modes, for immediate finishing, installation or collection by the take up roll.  111 Ink vehicle wrap

Posters and Backlit Displays
Eco-Sol MAX ink increases the versatility of every Roland printer/cutters by performing on a wide range of both coated and uncoated media, including a variety of papers for posters and film for unsurpassed backlit displays.

Wall Graphics and Murals
Roland printer/cutters are ideal for producing a variety of wall graphics and murals for residential, office and retail applications. Roland’s newest media offerings are designed to perfectly complement the performance of Roland’s advanced large-format inkjets and Eco-Sol MAX  inks. This results in stunning, easy to apply and remove graphics for enhancing the walls of any home or workplace.  th-4

Fine Art and Photos
Eco-Sol MAX ink and variable droplet technology allow the RIP to choose from seven different droplet sizes, enabling each Roland printer/cutter to deliver fine art and photographic reproductions with exquisite detail and vivid color. Roland’s line of Solvent Canvas Media offers excellent gamut and image quality with Roland Eco-Sol MAX ink.

Colorful Print & Cut Heat Transfers
Making profit on custom short run apparel is all about versatility and ease of use. The Roland printers deliver vibrant printing, contour cutting and metallic ink for creating full-color, short-run T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, hats and other textiles. Choose our specialized HeatSoft® Transfer Material (ESM-HTM2) and Polyester Transfer Mask (PGM-PTM), specifically designed to work with Eco-Sol MAX ink for print/cut inkjet heat transfers to cotton or cotton blend garments.