Maximize Savings and Inventory Control with Recharge Subscriptions  | Screenprinting.com

Maximize Savings and Inventory Control with Recharge Subscriptions

Jamie Leinbach
Providing the best customer service means staying stocked up on inventory and ready to print at all times. It only takes losing a good customer due to supply issues one time, to realize some changes need to be made. That’s where Subscriptions powered by Recharge come into play! Recharge offers a customized, hassle-free solution to keep your operation running smoothly, whether you're crafting specialty pieces in your home studio or running at high volumes in a commercial shop, AND you save money! 
How to Prep Plastisol Ink for Screen Printing  | Screenprinting.com

How to Prep Plastisol Ink for Screen Printing

Jamie Leinbach
When you buy a bucket of plastisol ink, it might have been sitting on a shelf for a bit before it got to your shop. You might notice that your ink has separated a little bit. Even ready-to-use inks can separate over time. Let’s talk about why this happens and what you can do to prep the ink before you head to the press.
Graphics Pro Expo 2023: Here’s What You Missed  | Screenprinting.com

Graphics Pro Expo 2023: Here’s What You Missed

Jacelyn Wedman

Imagine this: you walk into a conference center in Portland, Oregon, finding yourself surrounded by creative entrepreneurs just like you. On your left, a stunning print on a t-shirt catches your eye. That can’t be screen printed, can it? You walk over to check it out. A team member hosting the booth walks over to chat with you. It’s Mark, the sales rep you’ve spoken to dozens of times on the phone. You’re finally getting to meet him in person. You chat for a while, and Mark finds a shirt in your size of that amazing design you were admiring. 

But did you imagine it at all? Nope, it was real! And it happened just a week ago, at Graphics Pro Expo (GPX) 2023. Here’s the scoop on the trade show.

How Financing Equipment can Help Screen Printers Do More  | Screenprinting.com

How Financing Equipment Can Help Screen Printers Do More

Jacelyn Wedman

You know the struggle: your conveyor dryer breaks down, and without it, you can’t run at the volume you need in order to meet deadlines. You need a new conveyor dryer, but that’s a few thousand dollars that you don’t have in your pocket at the moment. How are you going to pay for a new conveyor?

Good news: there’s an answer to this problem. Queue financing. The term may sound scary, but financing provides a great opportunity to pay off expensive equipment slowly, in manageable installments. With a couple of financing options, you can pay how you like. Let’s talk about how financing through ScreenPrinting.com works, what your options are, and how to do it.

Tips for Registering a Challenging 4-Color Print on a Press Without Micros  | Screenprinting.com

Tips for Registering a Challenging 4-Color Print on a Press Without Micros

Jacelyn Wedman
Printing multi-color designs is a skill all printers need. White single-color prints are a screen printer’s bread and butter. A multi-color design takes skill, tight registration, and a bit of patience. Generally, printers use presses with micro-registration to help them get the best registration possible without a headache. A press without micros can get the job done, too. Print enthusiast, Jamie wanted to push the limits of the Riley Hopkins 150 4x1 press with a 4-color blended design.
Lee Stuart Tells All on the Riley Hopkins 250 Lee Stuart Edition Combo  | Screenprinting.com

Lee Stuart Tells All on the Riley Hopkins 250 Lee Stuart Edition Combo

Jacelyn Wedman

Have you seen the all-new Riley Hopkins 250: Lee Stuart Screen Edition Printing Combo? It features equipment — Riley Hopkins 250 6x4 Press and Multi-Station Press Cart — you’ve come to know and love with a Lee Stuart-sized update. 

To talk about this collaboration — and print some shirts for the first 20 orders of the combo — Lee Stuart joined CEO Ryan Moor and President Brandon Schmunk live on Instagram. Let’s take a look at their conversation.

How to Create & Screen Print QR Codes on Garments  | Screenprinting.com

How to Create & Screen Print QR Codes on Garments

Jacelyn Wedman
Quick Response codes, or QR codes, are everywhere. You sit down at a restaurant and to read the menu, you have to scan a QR code. You walk through a trade show, stop by a booth with stellar equipment, and to get that show discount, you gotta scan a QR code. You’re picking up a new couch you found on Facebook Marketplace. To Venmo the seller, they bring up the QR code for their account so you can scan it and easily reimburse them. 
What's the Difference Between the Riley Hopkins 250 and 300 Presses?  | Screenprinting.com

What's the Difference Between the Riley Hopkins 250 and 300 Presses?

Jacelyn Wedman
Ready to step up your screen printing game? Whether you’re printing in a spare room, garage, or commercial space, a press upgrade can jumpstart your shop. Beginner presses like the Riley Hopkins 150 are perfect for learning the ropes. But eventually, you may find yourself wanting more printheads, stations, and upgraded manual press technology. There are two options in the Riley Hopkins press line: the 250 and 300. Which is best for you? Let’s break it down.
Best Practices to Keep Your Screen Printing Platens in Great Shape  | Screenprinting.com

Best Practices to Keep Your Screen Printing Platens in Great Shape

Jacelyn Wedman
When you take care of your platens, you’ll be able to keep them around longer without having to replace them. Platens can be expensive, so you’ll want to replace them as little as possible. So how do you take care of those precious platens? Here are a few best practices to get the most life out of your platens.
Should You Go Auto or Hire Another Printer?  | Screenprinting.com

Should You Go Auto or Hire Another Printer?

Jacelyn Wedman

Boxes of shirts are stacked from the floor to the ceiling. You’re covered with pallet adhesive and ink. Your wrists ache with pain, your legs are numb, fingers are stiff. You pause, staring at the 716th shirt you printed that day. You stare at the stack of t-shirts behind the press, printing 1,500 to be exact. The clock reads 11:17 PM. This order is due tomorrow. You look down and sigh, staring at your cracked, callous hands. This is the 12th time you’ve had to work late to finish a high-volume order this month. You can’t take it anymore. Something has got to change.

So, you, the printer, have two options. Hire another printer or go auto. But which should you do? Let’s explore these options so you can decide which is best for your growing shop.

What is Minimum Order Quantity and Why Does it Matter?  | Screenprinting.com

What is Minimum Order Quantity and Why Does it Matter?

Jacelyn Wedman
Every printer wants to make money. You don’t want to lose profit on a job, but don’t want to turn potential customers away. So what do you do? Set a minimum order quantity. A minimum order quantity will ensure that you are putting in the effort that isn’t going to waste. It also can help weed out customers who aren’t committed to quality like you are. Get your calculators out; this is going to take a bit of math. Don’t worry though. Here’s everything you need to find your minimum order quantity for every job.
How Boyd Creative Print Shop’s commitment to Quality Produces Booming Business  | Screenprinting.com

How Boyd Creative Print Shop’s commitment to Quality Produces Booming Business

Jacelyn Wedman
Garage shops are the bread and butter of the manual screen printing industry. They’re perfect for printers interested in working close to home or making their real estate investment do double duty. One such shop is Boyd Creative Print Shop. Owners Andrew and Chantel Boyd opened the shop in 2020, running it out of their garage in Des Moines, Iowa. Their commitment to quality has made them a big hit in the print community.