It is no secret that the textile industry is one of the biggest and most popular around the world, and vast amounts of new clothes are designed, produced, and purchased every year by global consumers (with the United States being a particularly huge market). Everyone needs clothes to wear, whether for work, for everyday life, or for formal occasions, and a wide variety of shirts, pants, dresses, hats, scarves, coats, and more are produced all the time. Among these clothes, there are some that are open to customization by their owners, and this can often mean using heat press machines to make custom transfers for pre-printed logos onto clothing. That is, a plain T-shirt, a pair of pants, or even a hat can be placed into a heat transfer machine and a new logo or decal or pattern can be fused onto it with enough heat and pressure. This is a popular industry among clothing consumers that allows them to spice up and personalize their clothes with new patterns and visuals, and best of all, using heat for custom transfers is a simple, low-skill process that takes only a minute or two of time at most. A person can visit a shop to make use of a custom heat press transfer machine there, with or without a store associate’s assistance, or even invest in buying one and using it for many different pieces of clothes at home. How big is the clothing industry today, and how can one use custom transfers on their clothes?
In the United Stares and abroad, clothes are a juggernaut of an industry. Around the world, the clothing and textile industry sits on a total worth of an estimated $2.56 trillion USD, and it could very well grow in the future. And in the United States in particular, which is an especially big market, the value here was close to $315 billion in the year 2016, and can be expected to grow in the coming years alongside the global market. to put numbers to it, experts believe that by the year 2025, the U.S. apparel market will reach a value close to $385 billion. How well do these clothes sell? It has been found that on average, consumers will spend about $1,700 on apparel and services related to it, and as of August 2017, women’s apparel stood as the number one selling category of items on the Internet, as part of E-commerce. The industry itself is huge to match; many different retailers, big and small, can be found across the United States for the textile industry, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has shown that 7,880 tailors, dress makers, and custom sewers are working across the country. And using heat for custom transfers of logos and visuals onto clothes is a vibrant and fun part of this industry today.
Using Custom Transfers
For any interested customer, it is easy to use specialty presses and heat transfer units to apply visuals and decals onto a piece of clothing, most often a shirt, a pair of pants, or a hat, and little expertise is needed to get this job done. A heat press machine is simple too, consisting mainly of two plates that will come together and use heat and pressure to bind a decal or logo onto the piece of clothing inside, without needing tailoring or glues to keep it adhered. The operator of a custom transfer machine can choose the piece of clothing to create and obtain it and the logo, and then place both of them inside the heat press machine, close the plates, and turn it on. Dials and a display screen allow the person to modify the temperature if need be, and different items may require different temperatures or pressure or time to get the job done right. Once all settings are correct, the operator can simply allow the machine to start up and use its heated plated and pressure to fuse the logo onto the piece of clothing, and within a minute, this simple process will be done, and the clothing article with a brand new visual will be done. Operators should be careful, though, that they use the correct settings, because excess heat will melt the logo and/or the piece of clothing.