• Fleecing

    Posted by Dave Bruce on August 19, 2004 at 2:25 pm

    Has anyone done any heat transfer on to fleece jackets. I have been asked to do two and wondered what I should watch for. I use Grafiflex PU vinyl.

    Also I am looking to do sublimation printing and wondered if anyone here has been on a course/visit with the likes of Linwood, is it worth it, are their inks good etc etc.

    Many thanks


    Dave Bruce replied 19 years, 9 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Dave Springate

    August 19, 2004 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Use very light pressure mate or you will flatten the pile on the fleece, try a tea towel on top of garment and vinyl before pressing works every time for me. Oh and the best stuff to use on flleece that i have found is the flock material.


  • Freddy.Tait

    August 19, 2004 at 5:54 pm

    try cutting a cardboard square template and place under the fleece
    before you heat press , we use one 1/4 inch thick
    this raises it for printing
    and leaves the rest below in good nick
    you still have compression on the square

    from freddy at ecp

  • Carrie Brown

    August 19, 2004 at 6:46 pm

    We never use garment film on fleece or knitwear, out of the samples we have done over time, we found that it does not hold to the fleece pile well enough or long enough for our liking?? We have also been advised by suppliers that its not really recommended for anything that has a pile e.g fleece or knitwear?? We dont do them, but I guess thats just us 😀

    Carrie 😀

  • Robert Lambie

    August 19, 2004 at 7:18 pm

    we dont do anything like this these days but did loads way back..
    we kept the heat press and some machines though and printed our own works stuff with them now and again.. about a year ago i bought a nice navy fleece about £35 and thought ill tart it up with company name etc..
    onto the press it goes down for 30 secs or so… up with the press and bingo.. a perfect 😕 square 🙁 flattened 😥 unrepearable fleece :banghead:

    good tips folks.. wish i knew then.. :lol1:

    anyone wanna buy a funky “unique” navy fleece? winters coming remember? :lol1: :lol1:

  • Freddy.Tait

    August 19, 2004 at 7:38 pm

    embroidery is the name of the game for fleeces
    or get someone to laser mark your fleece
    GSUK nottingham worth a look for laser marking fleeces
    all the best from sunny scarborough
    embroidery capital of the north.

  • Dave Bruce

    August 19, 2004 at 7:53 pm

    thanks for the replies guys.

    They not only want their logo on the front buy on the back too 🙁
    Guess i will expect them to be back after a short time then, oh well you live and learn.

    Rob, I had at least thought about that problem



  • Martin C

    August 19, 2004 at 9:51 pm

    You’ll have absolutely no problem printing onto fleeces with Flock if you do the following:

    Support the transfer area from underneath with a piece of folded cloth.

    Cover the entire surrounding area with some fleece offcuts facing downwards (pile to pile).

    Use as little pressure as you need to to get the desired ‘meltdown’.

    Reduce the heat setting and increase the dwell time. Flock onto fleece is like vinyl onto vinyl or xxxx on a blanket! 😛

    When finished use a toothbrush to brush the pile back up.

    You will get a faint square or rectangle where the carrier paper was but if you go into any Asda stor and look at the back of the till girls jackets you’ll see that this is acceptable to them so should be for anyone?? 😕

    With practice you can eliminate the pressure pattern by trimming the transfer as close as possible and hitting it just right on the pressure/heat/dwell time. And it lasts and lasts too!

  • Dave Bruce

    August 20, 2004 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks Martin, I was talking to Xpres today and they recommend to do the same as you have said.

    Thanks for all the replies.


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