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To date, I've made maybe 20 shirts ever (using store bought iron-on transfers and using a home iron). I've been tasked with making 70 shirts (7 designs) and thought it would be cheaper to buy the material/press and make them instead of paying a vendor.

I've read so many posts convincing others not to get a 9x12 press and upgrade to a larger size. But if this is truly a hobby and for occassional use, will a 9x12 not be sufficient? I will be pressing adult size shirts. Also, if I needed to print a larger area, could I not re-press the shirt and "add-on" to the design?

Out of the 5 presses listed below, which one should I get?

1. Transpro 15x15
2. HIX Lobby Lite 9x12
3. Stahls' Mighty Press Lite 11x15
4. Sunie Seiki Digital 15x15
5. Geo Knight JP12 JetPress 9x12

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!!!!
Thanks!
 

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I've seen those A4 sized presses and they seem OK. One thing you can do is try one of them and see for yourself. You can have a shirt printed on one of those presses and see how the edges holds out versus those pressed with 15x15 presses.

I lack the perspective of having used other than a 16x16 heat press but if you plan to print only A4 size papers I don't see why a Hix, Stahl and Geo Knight A4 heat press won't be enough. We have been selling just A4 sized heat transfer shirts since last year. However, if you plan to print larger images then a 15x15 press gives you a little more flexibility. But if you plan to print A3 size prints then obviously, even a 15x15 won't be enough. You need a 16x20" press.

What are the prices of the 5 presses you listed?

But personally, since you said "I've been tasked with making 70 shirts (7 designs) and thought it would be cheaper to buy the material/press and make them instead of paying a vendor." I'd go for an A4 press which should pay for itself instantly then decide later to buy a 16x20 press or not. The A4 printer will always come in handy at a lower electric bill outliving the 70 shirts.
 

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I have had my 16X20 heat press for around two years and haven't sold anything I have made with it yet. I still wouldn't have gone with anything smaller. If you make shirts commercialy on the magnatude your speaking of onetime, there will likely be more times you'll want to do it. Someone will see the ones you've done and want some of their own. The 16X20 would be the smallest press I would consider for these projects. It will save time and problems down the road. the only problem I have with mine is its a little on the heavy side and someday, I intend to be mobile with it and all my other equipment. Good luck.
 

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I would recommend a 15x15 for the purpose that you have described. If you have the need to print larger designs you can always do that in a 2 step process as shown on the video on our website. The price of a 15x15 can be very similar, or less, than a 9x12.
 

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i am in the same boat but i going home based for profit.i decided on a sunnie press 15 by 15 with teflon sheet and 5 free t shirts. its still cheaper than a Geo Knight JP12 JetPress 9x12
 

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Yes a sunie press is relativly cheap. I paid almost $900 for mine and it is a standard model (no digital or auto anything) privatly branded from stalls.
 

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I would recommend a 15x15 for the purpose that you have described. If you have the need to print larger designs you can always do that in a 2 step process as shown on the video on our website. The price of a 15x15 can be very similar, or less, than a 9x12.
If the prices is almost the same then a 15x15 does give more flexibility. Here, the swing type A4 press I've seen cost about 25% less than a similar 15x15. With such price difference an A4 press, which can be recouped in just 1 job as the TS stated, should still find a good place in any print shop long after the press' costs is fully amortized. A small low wattage A4 press should be practical for A4 sized chest images or text, small chest logos, neck labels, sleeve prints, etc.

If the TS plans on having only 1 press then a16x20 press should be an all purpose press
 
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