We just started a series called Actual Advice, in which we answer questions from customers, on SubliStuff’s sister blog, EmbroideryTalk, and I thought it would be fun to have the same series over here. Often the best indication of what people need and want to know is in the questions they ask, and I figured it would be helpful to share the questions and answers here on this blog so more people can benefit. So, without further ado, here are a few questions we’ve been asked.
Question 1: Can you buy mugs from the dollar store and sublimate them? The first thing to say here is nothing is impossible. Yes, theoretically, you could buy mugs from the dollar store, buy a coating spray designed for sublimation, coat the mugs yourself and sublimate them. In practice, however, that’s a dicey proposition. Coating items for sublimation yourself is difficult, and getting the coating evenly applied can be problematic. Dollar store mugs may also be less sturdy and less able to stand up to the heat and pressure of a mug press. There’s also the fact that sublimating mugs this way won’t save you much. The cost of buying a dollar store mug, purchasing coating and the implements to apply that coating and then spending the time necessary to apply the coating would probably far outstrip the cost of buying drinkware for sublimation that is already professionally coated and prepared.
Question 2: Do you do sublimation tutorials at your EnMart locations? We do set up sublimation tutorials upon request, provided we have the necessary equipment and personnel available. We do keep printers set up in the R&D lab, but they are sold as demos after a certain period of time. The R & D heat press also tends to get sold at trade shows, as it doubles as our trade show press. On the plus side, this allows us to ensure that we have the latest equipment in the lab. On the minus side, it sometimes means that we don’t have the necessary equipment available. The other half of the equation is that our sublimation lab and our sublimation experts are at the company headquarters in Michigan, which is the only location that offers tutorials. If you are interested in a tutorial, and are able to come to the Michigan location, you can always contact us to see if we can set one up.