Need your advise
Finally, I have decided to start my Tshirt business and I need your valuable input n finalizing the printing method.
I want to start my own Tshirt brand and I am confused which printing method to choose, I understand I cant start with Screen printing as its ideal for large orders. How about Inkjet printing, Sublimation and Vinyl.
My initial designs will be Vintage designs and I am also looking for a method where the quality of the print will last long. I have already decided purchase Esub 15x15 and any thoughts on that would be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Re: Need your advise
Vinyl is probably impractical for "vintage" distressed type designs, as it would take you forever to weed the vinyl after it was cut.
Sublimation requires white 100% polyester shirts.
Inkjet transfers for dark garments tend to be thick, heavy, crinkly, and short of life. On white cotton garments, JPSS paper works quite well.
Laser transfers are another option, but the printers are expensive, as is the paper. Depending on the nature of your art, your results may be less than desirable. These also tend to be heavy and crack prone, but that can be remedied to some extent by RIP/halftoning the art to basically punch a lot of small, small holes in it.
If you do single color designs, it is fairly cheap to setup for screen printing (Press can be as simple as J-clamps and some screens and a work table to clamp it to). Use a heat gun or hair dryer to flash and a heat press to cure. The sun is a great exposure unit. Yes, screen printing is an economical way to produce many copies at once. Would it be insane to print small quantities as orders come in? Probably. I am clearly insane ;-)
Re: Need your advise
Initially I am planning with one color. Screen printing is out of my option since I need to make a big quantity. I found Forever no weeding sublimation paper that look a great option to me also it works well with Cotton. Do you have any experience with that ?
You can sublimate poly/cotton shirts. After the first wash the ink on the cotton fibres will wash out leaving a 'retro' faded design. The amount of fading depends on the poly/cotton percentage ratio. This gives you the options of using white or light-coloured 100% polyester or poly/cotton mixes and may be just what you need for a vintage look.
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