The Key To Loading A Shirt Perfectly Every Time
It seems like such a simple process, but loading a shirt for screen printers is key. Like a lot of things, it is one of those skills acquired with repeated practice. But there are a few tricks that can help you get to load a shirt straight everytime!
1. The “center crease”:
You have probably noticed when you pull out a box of shirts, they all have what appears to be a center crease line down the shirt. This is NOT a center line, but it does work as a starting point. Just don’t make the mistake of using it as a true center of the shirts you load onto your platen.
2. The rock motion:
How you will see in the video below, Jeffrey recommends the rocking motion to load a shirt. To do this, you pick up the shirt from the bottom, making the fabric tight between your hands. Then you rock the shirt forward onto the platen. As you rock back, pull your hands with your body and tug on the shoulder seams to center your shirt.
3. The peddle:
Although the process of loading a shirt is the same for automatic presses and manual press, the peddle feature an auto is where you get the speed. The automatic press the peddle feature works as a pause int he motion of the press. Allowing you to load a shirt. Once you have the rocking motion down for loading, you incorporate the peddle. As you begin the rocking forward motion with the shirt, press your foot down on the peddle pausing the press. Rocking back you lift your foot to allow the arms to swing you the next open platen.
4. Loading up or down:
This one is total preference. Some printers like to load their shirts from the cart when they art face up (tag up) while other prefer them face down (tag down). The process for both is similar and to figure out what works best for you will just take practice.
Check out the video and Jeffrey will show you step-by-step.