Monograms are a staple in the south. There’s a common phrase: “If it’s not monogrammed, is it really yours?” While I love a classy monogram on anything, my husband does not share the same enthusiasm. So what do you do when a man’s item needs to be monogrammed? This blog will show you how the Monogram Feature of the TRW Design Wizard and Siser HTV can make classy, yet subtle, monogrammed ties.
- Make sure you are using Version 3 or above of the TRW Design Wizard. The monogram feature is only offered in Version 3 and up.
- Download your preferred monogram font from our website. We will be using Hexagon 1 for this design.
- Use the Text Tool from the left toolbar and type the three letters for the monogram in your workspace. Type them in the order that they will appear, not the actual order of the name. For example, for Lisa M Potts the monogram will me LPM.
- Click on the arrows in the top left corner of your TRW Design Wizard. This will open your text panel.
- Choose the monogram font (Hexagon 1) you will be using. You will notice that the font has changed, but they are not placed in the hexagon shape.
- Find the button that is a letter M at the top of the text panel. With the font still selected, click on the M to convert the letters into your monogram. This button will also weld the letters, so make sure you have the letters in the correct order.
- The monograms will be placed on the skinny part of the tie, so they do not have to be very big. Resize the monogram to be about 1.5 inches wide, depending on the tie you are using.
- At this point, you can use whatever machine you prefer to cut the vinyl. For this example, I am using the Silhouette CAMEO along with Silhouette Connect.
- Once the monograms are cut, weed them out and set them to the side.
- The monograms will be on the back of the tie, around the middle. To find this placement, I measured from the bottom of the tie around 9.5 inches and placed the monogram there.
- I am using Siser Electric Easyweed in Colombia Blue. Typically Easyweed presses at 305°, but we are going to lower our temperature to 270° because we are using silk ties.
- Bring your heat press down and press your tie for 3-4 seconds. Once you lift the press, remove the carrier sheet. We are doing a short press to protect the material as well as prevent a carrier mark in the tie.
- Inspect the vinyl, a good press has the texture of the tie showing through the vinyl. If the vinyl looks as if it is just sitting right on top, repress the tie for another 3-4 seconds until you attain the proper press.
Easy peasy, right? These ties are going to look great on the groomsmen at my Sister-in-Law’s wedding. Monogramming ties are an excellent way to incorporate more masculine monograms as well as use scrap vinyl. This project only took about 8 inches of vinyl and just a few minutes to make! Imagine the profit you can make if you add this to your product line.