If you own a heat press and a cutter, decorating team jerseys are a great way to increase your revenue and build your customer portfolio. Get yourself out there and visit your local schools, leagues and recreation centers to get your name out there and network!
Decorating reversible jerseys can be challenging if you don’t have the right tools and accessories. Making sure that you are using the correct heat transfer vinyl for your jersey is also a necessity. Check out Adam Yukish’s video “Selecting the Right Material for Team Jerseys (iron on vinyl)”. Having the right tools, accessories, and brushing up on some easy techniques will increase your production time and will save you money at the end of the day.
Working with reversible jerseys can be difficult. You will not only want to consider the make up of the garment, but also how many colors the customer is asking for. Consider the SPECTRA® Eco Film or SPECTRA® Perform Cut for a lighter feel. If your customer wants a two color name or number, consider a gap outline that will give that same effect without the heavier feel of a 2 layered application. Make sure the material you are working with can be layered on top of one another as well.
Another thing to keep in mind when decorating reversible jerseys is that it will not only take twice as much vinyl but twice as much time as well. Make sure to price your garments accordingly. Teams choosing reversible jerseys are cutting their costs on the actual garments so they expect to have a little more in the transfers.
Also, keep in mind that if you are using a Hotronix® press on a Caddie™ you have the opportunity to not even have to remove your garment. You can thread your jersey, press the first side, peel it if it’s a hot peel, then just spin your jersey on the platen. This saves you time and work. The other perk is that if your material is a cold peel, it will have cooled by the time you spin it back around after pressing the back.
Want to streamline your design process? Try using CadWorx Live’s Easy Team feature. You can choose to upload a roster document that was sent to you by the team or type in the names. From there, you can choose your styles, fonts, etc. The program will automatically size and space the designs saving you time. If you are creating the files yourself and not using CadWorx Live, take a look at our eBook “7 Tips for Decorating Jerseys Confidently” to find the most popular fonts and regulation sizes for jerseys of all types.
Some leagues and teams are more open and would love to be more creative with font and color choices. Getting creative with fonts, colors, patterns, etc can help your jerseys stand out against the crowd. Check out different methods to add gap outlines, arches, contours, circle texts or maybe even add a ClipArt. Getting your jerseys noticed will lead to returning customers season after season and more jobs! Take some time to mock up a few different options that your customers have ranging from standard, single color to full color patterns, cut out patterns, multiple colors and more. Showing your customers their options is a great way to upsell and make more profit.