FIVE TOP POLYESTER FABRICS FOR FASHION AND PRINT TIPS
Dye-Sublimation is a favourite print method for the growing Digital Fashion Print Market.
Dye-Sub is quick to produce, the colours are vibrant, and the print quality exceptional, plus dye sublimation printing also offers unparalleled technical performance.
Our technical team present five of the most popular substrates and share a few Digital Printing Tips:
Scuba : 300 gsm
Scuba is, in fact, a double knit fabric. Scuba Jersey is well known for having both good stretch and recovery. Generally used to make dance-wear, leggings and dresses (think of evening or party dresses) and is quite easy to cut and sew. Designers love scuba because of the body that it gives to garments as well as the way that it contours the figure. Scuba is made with a very fine knit gauge and smooth thread, it prints perfectly with Dye-Sub which gives it an extremely smooth finish and a matte quality.
This fabric can shrink during transfer, avoid this by running the fabric through the heat press before final transferring on the heat press.
Power Mesh: 80 gsm
The world of fashion has seen the popularity of mesh garments soar within the last few years. Power Mesh is a light, very breathable, yet sturdy fabric. This mesh fabric is a finely knitted and light in weight with two-way stretch. This strong material is soft to the touch and stretchy, providing comfort, stability, and breathability. Power mesh works great in uniforms, undergarments, layered dresses, sportswear, intimate apparels, and many more…
This fabric can move during transfer, so use tacky paper to keep the fabric and printed transfer paper aligned to get perfect register.
Polyester Chiffon : 90 gsm
A fine-net or mesh like fabric which gives it semi opaque properties often used used for ladies apparel, formal wear, lingerie, scarves, linings etc with a delicate matt surface structure. This flat weave fabric is ideal for apparel, and has a lightweight drape that allows it to flow effortlessly. It’s see through surface makes it ideal for Dye-Sub Printing, where it has the unique appeal of giving an almost double sided print.
This fabric can crease during transfer, avoid this by ensuring the fabric roll is perfectly straight before feeding into the Heat Press :
Polyester Duchesse Satin : 220 gsm
This is a perfect choice of fabric for apparel, evening dress, lingerie and couture. Duchesse satin is a high thread count satin material woven on rapier looms, the matt sheen, offers luxurious quality, and the elegant touch of the fabric makes it an ideal choice for structured design garments.
This flat impervious fabric displays colour perfectly, however test the ink settings and ink limits on your printer to ensure that the fabric is not overloaded with colour.
Polyester Crepe De Chine : 120 gsm
A lightweight material with a very delicate matt-sheen surface, this flat woven fabric is ideally suited to creating scarves, sarongs and other apparel. Crepe de Chine has an excellent handle allowing it to drape very easily.
It’s flat, semi-transparent surface lends itself exceptionally well to dye-sub printing techniques, and its high quality fabric base means that vivid and bright colours are easily achievable.
This fabric can become slightly unstable during transfer, avoid this by maintaining an even fabric tension on the heat press during final print transfer.