Hix Heat Presses

If you’ve browsed our website or our spring 2017 catalog recently, you may have noticed that we’ve added another line of heat presses. We already offer over 20 different heat presses including Stahl’s Hotronix, Geo Knight, and EnduraPRESS models. With all of those options, why add another brand? Because you asked for it. Well, some of you anyway. Some of our more experienced customers have expressed a preference for Hix heat presses. We have built our 35 years of successful business by giving customers what they want. So naturally, we … (read more...)

Garment Imprinting and Garment Decoration: Index to Articles

We’ve produced lots of articles about different aspects of garment decoration. As the list grew, it became apparent to us that we needed a quick reference guide readers could use to sort through the articles and find the one they need most. And, we thought it would also be helpful to have them all in one place so you can read through all the related articles at your leisure to deepen your understanding of a particular field.
Since the index has become quite extensive, we’ve now broken it up into … (read more...)

LXi Now Supports SVG Files

LXI 12 MasterPlus on PC MonitorWhat makes a good product great is continuous improvement. LXi software is one of the many great products available from SIGNWarehouse. LXi has been an integral tool for signmakers for decades enabling creative people to translate ideas into great graphics for vinyl signs and digital apparel decoration. LXi has been the driving force behind for tens of thousands of Vinyl Express, Graphtec and Roland vinyl cutters. Despite its impressive legacy of value and performance, we continue to look for ways to make LXi even more capable, more user-friendly, … (read more...)

A Basic Guide to Making Magnetic Signs

Vinyl letters on magnetic flexible sheeting is an effective magnetic sign

Simple vinyl letters look good applied to flexible magnetic sheeting. Fig 1

Magnetic signs are a low cost alternative to lettering directly on a vehicle. Because a customer can easily put them on and then remove them, they are extremely popular for many small businesses.

So magnetic signs are a staple of any complete sign making shop. They can offer two very important ingredients for sign business success: high margins and new customers.

But there are some important caveats to magnetic signs and a few limitations to consider. So in … (read more...)

Heat Transfer Tape for Printed T-shirt Graphics

ColorMask Transfer TapeIn the world of vinyl graphics, vinyl and tape go together like peanut butter and jelly. Application tape (or Transfer Tape) is essential for transferring cut vinyl to substrates.  In the garment decoration field, transfer tape is less essential. For most cut graphics using “T-shirt vinyl” like HotMark 70 no tape is needed. But for digitally printed apparel graphics, transfer tape can be a lifesaver.  This is especially true of thinner solvent printable media like HotMark Print, and Siser ColorPrint Soft Opaque. These products require tape with unique properties to … (read more...)

Vinyl Express Q Series TangentaPlus Feature – Cutting Thick Vinyl

Have you ever struggled to weed a graphic after cutting thick vinyl like Glitter T-shirt film or sandblast stencil? If so, you may not be making full use of your plotter’s capabilities. Or you may just need to upgrade your hardware.

For owners of a Vinyl Express Qe or Q Series  vinyl cutter, there is an easy fix for this problem in the advanced LCD job control menu. We call it TangentaPlus.

What is the TangentaPlus feature and how does it work?… (read more...)