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Fully Customized Photo Throw Blanket by Sublimation Printing, Printing, Heat Pressing and Sewing

This is a method of printing that transfers art into a material or textile using ink and heat.

Sublimation printing uses heat to essentially bring ink and fabric together as one.

First, a design is printed onto special paper. The inks that are used turn into gas when brought under heat, then combine with the fabric and permanently print onto the fabric.
The effects are long-lasting and are less likely to fade, as the ink is embedded in the fabric or substrate instead of just laying on top like a normal print.

The imprinting works like that of a skin tattoo. The heat opens up the pores of the fabric, the ink cools and returns to a solid form from the applied pressure.

The results are everlasting, the full colour image won’t crack, peel or wash away from the substrate. The procedure allows the ink to convert from solid to gas without turning to liquid, a bit like dry ice.

The change is brought about by heat and controlled by pressure.
This swift and adequate digital print method is expanding in popularity for smaller batch orders and those designs that rely on the details. Sublimation printing is also known as ‘all over printing’ as it allows you to choose a design that can literally go from seam to seam.

The sublimation printing process of the throw blanket is the same as that off the pillowcase. Watch: youtube.com/watch?v=268SrQ8pmyk&t=199s.

When printing is done, Riley waits for the polyester material to dry up. He then pressed it onto a roller heat press machine. He then used a brushed spandex which has such a nice soft and supple feel to it. Immediately after printing and sublimation he moved right onto seamstress work. He then trimmed the material into a desired shape and sewed it into a throw blanket.

To purchase AM’s FastColour large format printer, roller heat press machine and accessories, simply dial 072 222 2211 / 060 600 6000 or you can log onto our site am.co.za for more product information.