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Old May 13th, 2007 May 13, 2007 6:14:44 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Here & 2 the Tshirt biz, starting out, ?s on quality

I was turned on to this site by a buddy who concentrates in the vinyl sticker / sign biz & have been dropping in & out. I am looking to start getting into the T shirt / Design / Promo biz on the side to start & hopefully develop my passion into a future. I have heard really great things & seen some awesome videos f/ Josh @ Imprintables (youtube - who lknow there was actually tons of usefull stuff there l) & have also really been reading over tons of Rodneys posts - thx!

I definately have the drive for it, the desire to suceed & the creative intrest - or at least I think so - lol. My buddy in the sign biz gets a lot of intrest for T's & doesnt want to expand his shop at this time & + I am active in several wakeboarding organazations & my younger brother is a mx club so the possibilities are endless.

I am looking to do a couple different things in my venture. I want to do some custom T work for bands, local clubs, schools & also eventually get into events. I also have a couple of my individual clothing lines I wanted to start up & designs & domain names I have been sitting on. Basically I guess I am looking to be the most versitile I can.

The quality of screen printing really draws me but from what I have read on this site the transfers & vinyl have also came a long way & also DTG. Since I am looking to startup in my home / spare bedroom a 4 color press / sinks / chemicals is not gonna work.

I am concerned about the quality on these types of machines & also printing on darks. I have had some sample from TJet, Brother & others but honestly concerned with the qlty / graininess.

Heat Press / Cutters:
I believe I am leaning more towards the heat press & cuter world with the help of transfers. I have been seeing a lot of companies mentioned here make custom transfers for some really relative / good prices imo. I want to be able to produce some high quality ts & I think with the combonation / versatility of being able to create your own on vinyl or custom order from a shop is pretty cool. I am also intrested in the ability to do things for some of my wakeboard clubs like coozies, flags, floaters, etc.

The only thing I do is know is I feel I have to much creativity / drive & want to be hands on to not try this. Can anyone who has worked with both of these mediums offer any advice? DTG & HeatPress world? Although I am concerned with qty & effort to produce Ts / items quality is the leading factor in my decision that is currently up in the air.

I wanted to start some spreadsheets with items I am going to need & see the LCE has a great post that I will be relying on if I go the HeatPress way.

Thanks in advance & sorry for all the details

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Default Re: New Here & 2 the Tshirt biz, starting out, ?s on quality

Sounds like you have alot going on and alot that you want to do.

If you are looking at small and large orders then there a couple ways of doing and keep the quality. With the large orders outsource them to a local screenprinter, look around for the best in town, one that cares about the quailty as well.

For small orders I would believe the heat press, plastisol transfers would be the way to go with those if you have more then say two colors going on.

Vinyl and vinyl cutter might be the way to go with a one or two color design.

If you are just starting out I do not think a DTG is the way to go UNLESS you know that you are going to be SURE of huge orders and even then I might go with a screenprinter for that. I would spend my money on heat press, cup press, hat press and vinyl cutter.
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Default Re: New Here & 2 the Tshirt biz, starting out, ?s on quality

Can anyone who has worked with both of these mediums offer any advice? DTG & HeatPress world?
You can find DTG specific advice and experiences posted in our DTG section of the forum.

If you've tried the quality and seen prints, then you already know whether it will work for you or not

Same with heat transfers. Once you see some quality prints, you'll be able to decide whether or not it's good enough for your needs.

People have had success using both methods, so "quality" is going to a relative term, since some people are fine with DTG prints, some are fine with heat transfers, some love dye sub, etc.

Once you figure out which YOU love and which you think your customers will prefer (from seeing sample prints), you'll be able to figure out which fits your needs.

You also have to figure out if you want to just create designs or if you want to do it all yourself (including the printing). Sometimes doing it all yourself isn't the best way.
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