Hello everybody! i just bought a new heat press from amazon which was the best seller also low price not one of those big name ones since im just starting off anybody else start off with http://www.amazon.com/PowerPress-Industrial-Quality-Digital--15-Inch-Sublimation/dp/B009CCVS4E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1395015494&sr=8-2&keywords=heat+press"this
and what exactly is the teflon sheets for? are the necessary? i also was wondering if there is any transfer papers that wont leave borders or need trimming around the image since it will be pretty hard to trim this [media]http://oi62.tinypic.com/20p23ah.jpg[/media]
sorry about the links im completly new to forums as well...
First off, that is not a sublimation t-shirt heat press..... It is just a heat press. It can be used for 'most' sublimation (not just t-shirts) and it can be used for heat transfer as well. I say 'most' because a swing-away press does better on other, thicker items. It could also be used to affix hotfix rhinestones to a shirt as well.
I personally would choose heat transfer over sublimation when it comes to t-shirts and I say this because of the link you provided. Not sure if you thought that heat press was for sublimation only.
If you are thinking of doing sublimation for t-shirts, you are wasting your time; sorry to tell you this but it's true, unless you already have a market for it then go for it. Sublimation is still limited as far as producing color on t-shirts, since sublimation does not produce white. And unlike heat transfer, there are no opaque sheets to use to give you that white background.
The teflon sheets (for t-shirts) are mainly used for heat transfers as it 'drives' the emulsion layer into the fabric of the shirt for better durability.
If you're planning on doing heat transfers on t-shirts, it will either be inkjet (depending on the ink you buy) or laser. Laser isn't always better I don't care what anyone says. There are some heat transfer inks that last longer than laser transfers as far as standing up to multiple washes.
If you're on a budget, an inkjet printer with a CISS and good heat transfer inks would probably be your best bet. A laser printer will cost a pretty penny up-front and the toner is kind of expensive. And not just any home color laser printer will work either. I know; I've tried. I have two different brands at home that I tried testing and with different paper brands to no avail.
People have different opinions and it all comes down to trial and error and see what works for you. When I first started, I asked questions like this and took the advice from most and it ended up not being what I was looking for. Use keywords from these opinions and do research from there. That is the best advice to give you because I would hate that something didn't work for you that worked for me.
Give us some more info on what you're trying to accomplish and we'll give you better feedback. I'll be happy too.