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A simple method of making a custom design by choosing from a variety of lettering styles and layout options.

The process of replacing fill stitches with material to lower the stitch count of an embroidered design.

Any fabric used to replace fill stitches on an embroidered design. Edges of fabrics need to be covered with a zigzag, satin, or straight embroidery.


An acronym for Computer Aided Design.

The brand name for Stahls’ printable heat transfer material. This material is intended for large-format printers and print/cut systems to create full color digital transfers for textiles using solvent based inks.

Exclusively branded by Stahls', CAD-CUT features a thermo-plastic carrier added onto heat transfer materials, allowing them to be cut on computerized cutters, such as a vinyl cutter. Material is available by the roll.

Interchangeable platens for use with the Hotronix® Cap Press to aid layout of different sized caps.

Clear thermo-plastic backing on heat transfer materials.

A color model in which four base colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and key black) are combined to produce other colors.

Removal of the carrier sheet from the graphic after application; carrier sheet should be completely cold.

An accessory that can be used during the heat application process to provide various finishes on the surface of the lettering or graphic. Also used to protect the upper platen and avoid direct contact with graphics during the heat application process.

The use of Stahls' cutting techniques to create designs, logos or lettering according to the customer's specifications.

Standard styles and sizes of letters and numbers that are stamped or cut out of material.

Full color printing onto a printable heat transfer material that is contour cut for heat application onto light or dark garments and performance wear.

Full stitching of designs or lettering onto a substrate (garment, hat, bag, etc.).

Handy pick tool with a rubber grip assists in easily weeding heat transfer material and other pressure-sensitive vinyl graphics.

A thick material made of wool and rayon fibers pressed together; a classic look that's durable and washable. Must be sewn onto garment with a straight, zigzag, or satin stitch.

Thin silicone rubber pad that can be used in place of a cover sheet when applying heat transfer material to nylon fabrics. Flexible application pads create a strong bond with nylon fabric.

Designs or letters which are pre-sewn onto a backing, with a thermal adhesive, for heat application.

Letters and numbers with a thermal adhesive for heat application. Mostly used in sports or for personalization in non-sporting events.

Wool eraser for cooling letters or graphics before removing the cover sheet.

A machine with adjustable time, temperature, and pressure which is used to transfer heat applied materials and graphics to a substrate.

A garment decorating method in which one applies a heat applied graphic onto a garment using a heat press.

Application process which involves using a heat press to transfer letters, numbers, or graphics to a substrate.

Various size and shape platens for use with Hotronix® Swinger, Draw, Air Swinger and Clam machines. Simply remove your regular size platen and replace with the appropriate platen for your garment. Sizes include: Bagger Round for gym bags, Tote Master Rectangle for tote bags, and Shortstop Rectangle.

Process which creates multi-layered graphics for single-step, no sew, or quickly stitched applications. Shortens production time by up to 40%.

Cover sheet for protecting garments and transfers during heat application. Provides a matte finish and is recommended for use with all CAD-CUT material applications.

Arched cardboard templates used to align individual letters and graphics on garments.

Liquid lettering remover for use with Thermo-FILM®, Thermo-FLOCK®, and Thermo-GRIP®. Must be used within 48 hours of initial application.

Clear, low-tack adhesive spray that aids in the layout of appliqué lettering or positioning multiple-color applications for embroidery. Spray will not gum up embroidery needles.

The smooth, dull appearance on the surface of materials after heat application. Non-glossy.

Resin ribbons for use with the PC60 can be used to print onto printable heat transfer materials. Available in Metallic Silver and Metallic Gold.

A standardized color matching system developed by Pantone Inc. Allows matching of printed colors regardless of the equipment used.

The screen printing of inks onto a special release paper for heat application onto garments. Provides the look and feel of screen printing.

A unique material that offers the elasticity of rubber. Urethanes offer superior impact resistance, while offering excellent wear properties and elastic memory.

Standard styles and sizes of letters and numbers that are stamped or cut out of material.

Low tack masking tape ideal for use with lettering on caps and working with small letters, it can also be used as a mask for Pressure Sensitive Sign Vinyl.

The amount of leverage or force needed for the heat application process.

Thin rubber material designed to elevate your print area while providing a solid surface for even pressure. Ideal for working around buttons, zippers and seams.

A fitted non-stick cover that slips snugly over the bottom platen of the heat press, making it easy to slide garments on and off. It also reduces wear and tear. Essential for proper adhesive flow.


A color model using red, green, and blue as base colors which are added together to produce a spectrum of other colors.

A computer-driven piece of equipment designed to cut vinyl for signs or heat transfer material for fabrics.

Wax ribbons for use with the PC60; can be used to print onto fabric transfer paper.

A specific brand of CAD-COLOR® which features an aggressive adhesive called STX2™ that makes it possible to adhere to hard to print fabrics such as nylon. (The other CAD-COLOR materials do not have this adhesive).

Corrugated cardboard storage boxes with divided plastic inserts, ideal for keeping letters and numbers organized. Available in various sizes with 32, 12 or 6 sections.

The migration of ink or dyes from the fabric of the garment coming through the lettering or graphic being applied.

Adhesive used on Solutions™ brand printable heat transfer material.

A digital printing process which uses heat and pressure to apply a design from transfer paper directly onto polyesters and specially-coated hard goods.

The base material onto which graphics are printed. Examples include T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, etc.

A pre-spaced team name with a pre-positioned graphic/number on a carrier, ready to be heat applied on a uniform or jersey.

Prevent marks on transfers and lettering with foam core pillows, covered with a non-stick material. Use with V-necks, near heavy seams, zippers or buttons and as inserts for mesh jerseys.

This cover sheet leaves a screen print-like finish on heat transfer material.

Layer applied to heat transfer material (CAD-CUT) during the manufacturing process, allowing it to adhere to the final substrate (or garment) with a heat press. The type of adhesive layer determines what the combined product will stick to and the durability of the applied product.

Heat-resistant blue tape which holds lettering in place before and during heat printing.

The duration of the heat application process in terms of seconds required to heat press.

Oversized tweezers easily pluck away excess material.

A thick lettering material dense enough to cover the holes in mesh fabric. Used primarily for Porthole mesh jerseys. No sewing necessary.

The process of manually removing the excess material from around the cut design upon completion of the cutting process.