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This tour focuses on the production of a Fastrax vest using our sublimation printing process.
Our traditional vests, made by sewing panels of different coloured fabric together to form the design, are made in the same factory. The processes of cutting and sewing the panels together are very similar and the attention to detail and quality exactly the same.
The vest of our chosen running club is something that the majority of us don't have much say about unless we are involved with setting up a new club from scratch. The design and colours are hardly the reason why we join, after all.
Supplying club vests makes up a considerable part of our FASTRAX business and the production requires us holding fabric in a wholespectrum of colours as you can imagine. Increasingly however we are supplying sublimation printed vests which are multicoloured often with graphics or the more traditional hoops. In contrast to my first harrier vest in the 1960s which was knitted using green ,white and red cotton thread.
With new machinery installed at the factory I was keen to see latest developments for myself, particularly as the factory offered to make up a SALE HARRIER vest especially for me on a "while you wait" basis. How's that for service! The process started on Tuesday afternoon with our FASTRAX graphics dept. in Ilkley preparing the layout of the vest front and back on the computer. We based the design on my original '60s vest and added the club name as Yorkshire folk keep asking me what club I'm running for now!
By the marvels of email the design was emailed to the factory (based in the UK) ready to start the process there.This shot taken at 1.30 on Wednesday afternoon, shows the sublimation paper for my vest coming out of the printer and drying. I was a bit concerned about the shade of green but reassured that it would be lighter than shown!