Sublimation requires 100% polyester in white or very light pastel.
Not really an accurate statement. There are all sorts of non poly fabric that can be printed upon. Lycra, Spandex, nylon, etc.Sublimation requires 100% polyester in white or very light pastel.
I'm pretty sure Mark (Riderz) knows what he's talking about when it comes to sublimating apparel and fabric (Dye Sub is one of his primary businesses if I'm not mistaken). Just because you "have never heard of other fabrics working with it" doesn't mean it's not possible. Your information is mostly accurate, white or light colored polyester is the primary fabric used, however, there are a few exceptions as Mark pointed out. In fact, I have seen some examples that use a blend (80 poly / 20 cotton) to produced a weathered or washed-out look. You are correct that the ink/vapor only fuses to the poly fibers in an example like this one. Dye sub would never work on 100% cotton.Sublimation requires polyester. It will only work with polyester. If other fabrics are involved the dye will not stick to them. Sublimation is a specific printing process. You can put heat transfers on just about any kind of fabric, but not sublimation. From everything that I've learned about sublimation I have never heard of other fabrics working with it. And the process is limited to light or white colored polyester material.
True ... Spandex and Lycra are brand names for the man-made synthetic fiber, also known as Elastane.Actually, Riderz ready, lycra & Spandex are not fabrics, but brand names for a very fine filament woven/knitted into other fabrics, hence you get cotton/lycra,nylon/lycra etc. Lycra is the trade name in the UK and Spandex in the US I believe
Ok ... thanks for that info.I've been doing dye sublimation for 4 years. It is my primary business. too.
Ah! forgot about Elastane - thanks for that JohnTrue ... Spandex and Lycra are brand names for the man-made synthetic fiber, also known as Elastane.
Has anyone had success with fabric containing viscose? I had never heard of it until today, and I understand that is a combination of man-made and natural fibers.
The shirts I'm looking at are 52% viscose, 48% poly.
Good, glad to hear that. This person (Connor) is looking for someone to print on fabric then sew it up. Maybe you can help him or at least guide him in the right direction.As someone mentioned dye sub is the only thing we do and 99% of is cut and sew on a variety of fabrics.
Was that garment acceptable to your client?....I do not think I would try and pass that off on my clients....Below is a picture of a Bella 8880 body tank that is made with viscose.
The garment was printed at a trade show for another garment decorator. It was only printed with CMYK inks - not white inks (but that would be similar to a light garment dye sublimation print). The print looked about the same as if it would have been printed on a 100% cotton shirt with CMYK inks only.Was that garment acceptable to your client?....I do not think I would try and pass that off on my clients....