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177 – A guide to digital textile printing – Debbie McKeegan, Texintel
Episode 1778th June 2021 • Make it British Podcast • Kate Hills
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Debbie McKeegan has over 30 years experience in textile printing - specifically digital printing. She is the founder of TexIntel, a platform that provides fantastic knowledge and advice to the digital print industry and also the host of the Texintel podcast.

In this episode Debbie answers all your burning questions about digital printing.

So if you find fabric printing, particularly digital fabric printing, confusing and frustrating, this episode will help to address many of your questions.


  • Debbie's background in printed textiles and how she developed her love for production 02:11
  • The reasons why Debbie set up Texintel 08:02
  • Where designers should begin in terms of understanding the jargon and technicality of digital textile printing 10:36
  • The challenges that a designer may face when looking to print their designs via digital textile printing and the tips Debbie offers to combat them 13:14
  • The reasons why Debbie thinks digital printing will replace traditional types of printing over the next 5 to 10 years 21:06
  • The innovative technology behind digital textile printing and what the future holds for the industry 27:21
  • Why Debbie is passionate about the possibilities print offers to new designers and small brands 32:47
  • Why Debbie thinks that clients are asking the wrong question in terms of digital printing costs 38:07
  • Why digital printers can't get their hands on sustainable fabrics and why Debbie thinks there should be regulations in the industry 41:52
  • The advantages of setting up your own 'micro factory' to print your products 47:14
  • Why print will always have a place in Debbie's life 51:08
  • The many heroes in the textile industry who Debbie looks up to 53:05


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