Printing Reversible Jerseys
Reversible jerseys can be polyester or nylon—don’t worry about the mesh, which is the holes; we are printing on the material which determines the type of transfer that will work best.
- Reversible Jerseys
If the jersey is polyester, you will want to use screen printed transfers, names and numbers. The mesh creates one extra step but is not hard to deal with. When printing reversible jerseys, you are typically printing 4 sides for one jersey – the front and back for one side, and then the front and back for the other side. The key to success is to have only the side you are working with on your press. This means you will want to dress the machine by putting the jersey on the bottom platen like you were dressing a mannequin. The shirt will be upside down when pressing. If the shirt has an open bottom, open so only one layer of material is on the platen. If the bottom is sewn, you will just put the side you are working with on the platen. Follow the instructions provided with the transfer, however, the holes will poke through, the ink only attaches to the material. I like to use a Teflon Pad. As the holes poke through, the Teflon surface can be wiped down easily before starting the next shirt or back side. You can also use pellon—which helps pull out the holes, but a fresh piece will be needed for each print. Other release papers such as Kraft paper or Transfer Paper can also be used. Or even just regular paper can work.
If your reversible jersey is nylon, the screen printed transfer may work but you will want to test prior to ordering. Our screen printed transfers are guaranteed to work on cotton, polyester and cotton/poly blends but many customers have had success with them on this type of nylon shirt.