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Depending on what type of dye you are going to print on your fabric will go somewhere to determine which table you will print on. The main rule of thumb is that all pigment based dyes are to be printed on the Calico table and all water based dyes e.g. Procion, Acid, Disperse Discharge and Devore etc. to be printed on the rubber tables. But having said that you could print pigment dyes on the rubber tables but ONLY IF YOU COAT
IT WITH TEMPORARY ADHESIVE FIRST.

  Calico Tables
   
1. Make sure that the area you are going to use is clean, dry and free from any debris e.g. threads, pins etc. Lay your fabric down on the table making sure there are no stray threads from your fabric lying underneath and that there will be enough room for your screen to fit comfortably on top.
 
   
2. When starting to pin your fabric to the calico always start with 2 pins at right angles to each other on one corner. Pin down vertically then turn pin to a 90° angle and push into the calico. After pinning the first corner stretch your fabric from the next corner and pin, repeat for the other two corners.
 
   
 
   
3. Now pin every 5cm starting in the middle of each side - working out towards the four corners, remembering to stretch your fabric when pinning the last two sides.
 
   
 
   
4. Finally check that all the pin heads are flush with the fabric. Any pin heads that are not flush can tear the mesh of your screen when printing. A two pence piece is a useful tool for pushing in the pins.
 
   
 



  Rubber Tables
   
1. The rubber tables have a coating of permanent adhesive on them ready for ironing your fabric down. Make sure that the area you are going to use is clean, dry and free from any debris e.g. threads, pins etc. Wash down with warm water if necessary and dry.
 
   
2. Lay your fabric down on the dry permanent adhesive making sure there are no stray threads from your fabric lying underneath and that there will be enough room for your screen to fit comfortably on top.
 
   
3. With a clean iron start to iron your fabric down. Generally starting along one of its longer edges and working your way outwards. If you can't find a clean iron, use a sheet of clean newsprint between the iron and the fabric. Do not let the iron touch any of the adhesive on the table as the iron will pick this up and subsequently mark your fabric. Pay particular attention to ironing the edges of the fabric.
 
   
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