Heat transfer printing spandex is a widely used fabric in fashion and advertising industry. The characteristic of this fabric is the ability to print images, colors and textures on its surface through heat transfer method. Heat transfer printed spandex is used to create products as diverse as t-shirts, swimwear, hats, bags and many more.
Heat transfer printed spandex fabric is made of polyester and spandex yarn. Polyester is a synthetic fiber made from chemical compounds, while spandex is a stretchy fiber made from rubber. When these two fibers are combined, the heat transfer printed spandex fabric will have good stretch and elastic properties.
The heat transfer printing method is used to produce images, colors and textures on the surface of the heat transfer printed spandex. This printing process involves using thermal transfer ink to print the image onto the thermal transfer paper, and then applying heat and pressure to the thermal transfer paper so that the image is transferred to the surface of the elastic fabric.
Heat transfer printing fabric has many advantages. First, it is capable of printing images, colors and textures with high precision, allowing the creation of highly aesthetic products. Second, the heat transfer printed spandex has good stretchability and elasticity, making the final product more body-hugging and comfortable to wear. Third, heat transfer printed spandex is wrinkle-resistant and easy to maintain, making the final product long-lasting.
Heat transfer printing fabric also has the following disadvantages:
- 1. High cost: Heat transfer printed spandex fabrics are usually more expensive than conventional spandex fabrics.
- 2. Color limitation: Heat transfer printing spandex has limited color compared to direct printing on spandex, especially light color and white color.
- 3. Wash fastness: Heat transfer printing spandex fabric has lower washing fastness than direct printing on spandex. Repeated washing of thermal transfer printing spandex may cause color loss and reduce sharpness of printed images.
- 4. Shortness of breath: Heat transfer printed spandex usually has less breathability than normal spandex fabrics due to the heat transfer printing adhesive coating on the fabric surface.
- 5. Difficult to print on uneven surfaces: Heat transfer printing fabric is difficult to print on uneven or wrinkled surfaces, reducing the sharpness of printed images.
In conclusion, heat transfer printing spandex has certain disadvantages, however, with different printing applications, heat transfer printing spandex is still a popular and convenient choice.