Textile sublimation blanks constitute a significant segment of the sublimation supply market due to their versatile use in fashion, accessories, home decoration, events, and more. For wholesale business owners in the sublimation blank industry, the choice of textile sublimation blank suppliers plays a crucial role in business growth and brand reputation maintenance. While many wholesalers rely on apparent factors as guidelines for selecting reliable suppliers, certain “invisible” factors may go unnoticed, potentially leading to disastrous consequences for business reputation. Today, we will delve into commonly overlooked factors that deserve serious consideration. To make it easy to understand, we will share some examples and less obvious distinctions between textile sublimation blanks from Lopo and other suppliers and explain why these factors carry significant weight.

Fabric Weight

Fabric weight stands out as a key measurable parameter in the textile industry, typically quantified by grams per square meter (gsm). This metric holds significant sway over properties such as drape, breathability, insulation, and durability. Manufacturers leverage fabric weight as a crucial element in quality control, ensuring uniformity and compliance with industry standards. Moreover, it serves as a fundamental tool for cost calculations and the formulation of pricing strategies within the textile sector.

Despite its importance, fabric weight is often overlooked by wholesalers due to the specialized equipment required for measurement, and some suppliers may not consistently provide sufficient information. For instance, the images above compare fabric weights between Lopo’s linen material and that from other suppliers. Without testing and measuring, customers may overlook weight differences and the distinct results achievable with different materials. The subsequent images compare sublimation bags from Lopo and another supplier after a few uses. You’ll notice the bags from the other supplier developing wrinkles and folding trails, while Lopo’s sublimation bags remain flat as new without any wrinkles. For users with higher aesthetic requirements, this weight difference could lead to negative reviews for your store.

Color Consistency

Another factor that is often overlooked is the consistency of fabric color. In the sublimation business, fabric serves as the canvas for customized design ideas. Color consistency  is crucial for ensuring the accuracy and vibrancy of printed designs, making it vital for both suppliers and customers. Thus, fabrics with poor color consistency should be avoided by any means. However, customers may not always notice this issue without a close look. Below is an image comparison for color consistency.

Upon closer inspection, you may notice the variegated fabric from other suppliers. The causes of this color inconsistency could arise from the utilization of inferior raw materials, lax quality control procedures, and non-standardized processing, among other factors. End users might overlook these “invisible” defects, but the apparent color inconsistency can give products an inexpensive appearance, potentially tarnishing your brand’s image as one lacking stringent quality standards. At Lopo, we ensure the highest quality standards for our textile sublimation blanks by conducting five inspections before shipping.

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Balance Between Quality and Costs

The last factor to consider is the supplier’s choice between quality and costs. It is evident that using quality materials increases manufacturing costs, leading some manufacturers to achieve higher profit margins via using fabrics of lower quality standards. However, for sublimation businesses runners, where business reputation often outweighs profit margins, opting for quality materials is a wiser choice. This approach helps secure repeated orders from customers and solidifies the business’s reputation in the industry.

For instance, Lopo utilizes linen materials with a weight of 465g/m² and a thickness of around 2mm, while some suppliers might choose 460g/m² with a thickness of approximately 1mm. The difference in thickness could be a contributing factor to why their sublimation bags start to develop wrinkles after a few uses. The additional thickness also serves as effective reinforcement, enhancing material durability and resistance to wear.

In addition to fabric thickness, suppliers may find other ways to save costs. For instance, in the design of bag handles, some suppliers might reduce the width of the fabric. This subtle adjustment might go unnoticed by customers, especially when not compared with products from other suppliers. While this reduction may seem inconsequential in many cases, users carrying heavy groceries in the cloth bag may find the thin handle uncomfortable or susceptible to breakage under the weight. Incorporating additional width to the handle can distribute pressure and weight more effectively, providing users with greater comfort when utilizing our sublimation bags.

Conclusion

When selecting a supplier for your sublimation business, it is crucial to conduct thorough comparisons and research before making a decision. Careful consideration should extend beyond the more obvious factors, delving into hidden elements that could impact your business. Although we’ve only explored three factors in this post, we hope it prompts you to carefully choose a reliable supplier. If you find this post beneficial, please share it with the sublimation community. Additionally, if you have insights to share, feel free to leave a comment.