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Old September 3rd, 2011 Sep 3, 2011 7:16:41 AM -   #16 (permalink)
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after I press for a few seconds to get the moisture out I fold the shirt in half lengthwise matching the underarm seams and side seams then I press a centerline . I find the center of my transfer and either lightly mark on the transfer tape or clip a little "v" at top and bottom then I line that up with the pressed centerline. I use a T-square from the edge of the press to make sure it is straight across the top or the bottom of the transfer (using the stones not the tape). That is how I do it.
 
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after I press for a few seconds to get the moisture out I fold the shirt in half lengthwise matching the underarm seams and side seams then I press a centerline . I find the center of my transfer and either lightly mark on the transfer tape or clip a little "v" at top and bottom then I line that up with the pressed centerline. I use a T-square from the edge of the press to make sure it is straight across the top or the bottom of the transfer (using the stones not the tape). That is how I do it.
Ok thanks!
 
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Old September 3rd, 2011 Sep 3, 2011 3:00:17 PM -   #18 (permalink)
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I charge anywhere from $23 to $35 for a tee shirt typically and no one bats an eye. In fact, I charged someone $27 for a shirt yesterday and she gave me $30 because she thought that was more fair. Just a few dollars but a very sweet and affirming gesture.
DB I think I need to relocate to where you are. All I get are photos from customers wearing their shirts which I hang on my bulletin board in the office. None willing to pay more than my quoted price, and very few willing to pay $35 for a rhinestone shirt. When you can get a custom designed rhinestone shirt on just about every corner, and many people realizing how easy it is to do them themselves, they not paying them prices around here.

Oh, I did get a pecan pie once from a customer. I told the customer how much I loved it but I really hate pecan pie. The guys in the back ate it though.
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Very nice shirt. I can only speak for myself, but I started out by hand setting rhinestones. I'm glad I did because it really gave me a feel for design and what you can do with them. You can really get some tight stone placements, which is what I really like. You will get to the point where you can buy a cutter and heat press, then you'll really be on your way. Good job.
 
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Very nice shirt. I can only speak for myself, but I started out by hand setting rhinestones. I'm glad I did because it really gave me a feel for design and what you can do with them. You can really get some tight stone placements, which is what I really like. You will get to the point where you can buy a cutter and heat press, then you'll really be on your way. Good job.
Thanks so much. I agree totally because I was able to add a little extra to the letters as well. I was also told by someone that does shirts by hand that you can add those extra touches to your shirt that will make a difference.

The good thing about my shirt was I was able to use a heat press that my brother owns and I really loved it. Hopefully soon I will be able to get one of my own thats not very expensive.
 
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DB I think I need to relocate to where you are. All I get are photos from customers wearing their shirts which I hang on my bulletin board in the office. None willing to pay more than my quoted price, and very few willing to pay $35 for a rhinestone shirt. When you can get a custom designed rhinestone shirt on just about every corner, and many people realizing how easy it is to do them themselves, they not paying them prices around here.

Oh, I did get a pecan pie once from a customer. I told the customer how much I loved it but I really hate pecan pie. The guys in the back ate it though.
ROFL! That's awesome! I don't like pecan pie either! Around here, it seems like just about everyone and their grandmother makes bling shirts but we still can't keep up with demand!
I still get nervous quoting someone for a shirt because I'm afraid they'll think it's too high, but if I don't charge enough, it's not worth my time. I just try to keep my profit within a certain range.

Your pecan pie story reminds me that I've had SO many customers give me Starbuck's gift cards and I don't drink coffee. I have like $75 worth sitting in my drawer here. Now that school has started back up, I can give them to my girls' teachers.
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