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Thanks to everyone for giving such good information on various topics. With that said I have a few questions. I am considering doing dye sub work to expand my business that consists of doing custom heat transfers (using a vinyl cutter) and laser engraving, at tradeshows and events.

I have read some people's comments on the gx7000 and like what I have heard. I also like that I could expand the length of the transfer with the bypass tray (I wouldn't buy this machine if I couldn't use that). Now my main question is, with a transfer that is potentially 40+", how do you press it? Use a smaller press and do it two or three times? Buy one large press? Do they make an affordable press that large?

I'm trying to do as much research as I can before buying anything else so any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Some of the products I make (soft goods) are 45" wide and about 6" tall before being sewn. I would also like to be able to do small banners that may be wider than most standard heat presses.
 

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Some will and some won't have a solid background. The overall width after being sewn will be 44" wide (in one piece) and folded in half lengthwise so the design will be on both sides of the fabric.

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It is very difficult (and in some cases next to impossible) to transfer one design in several pressings with a seamless professional and consistent look. Especially if you are working with solid block colours, as David said.
Some abstract and "distressed" types of designs could be a bit more fogiving to imperfections, but generally matching partial prints is a difficult task.
There is a very high chance of previous prints bleeding, ghosting and smudging; if 2 prints slightly overlap there will be more intense colour streak...

When I got my first heat press years ago it was 40 cm x 60 cm and very soon I wanted a bigger one because I could think of bigger things to press.
Now I have 2 plane shuttle 900 cm x 1300 cm - and I still want a bigger one as now I often want/need to press even bigger things :) Probably next step will be adding a roller press.

What I'm trying to say - go as big as you can afford, if you can put enough work through it I don't think you will regret it.
 

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Now I have 2 plane shuttle 900 cm x 1300 cm - and I still want a bigger one as now I often want/need to press even bigger things :) Probably next step will be adding a roller press.
waitaminute... am I reading that right? That's something like... over 40 foot wide? o_O
What do you sublimate with such a large press? Giant flags/Banners? Or is it so you can press a whole order of T's all at once? LOL

...and where exactly do you go to even purchase a press that large?
 

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waitaminute... am I reading that right? That's something like... over 40 foot wide? o_O
What do you sublimate with such a large press? Giant flags/Banners? Or is it so you can press a whole order of T's all at once? LOL

...and where exactly do you go to even purchase a press that large?
I think he may have been mm instead of cm.

I did find one press that would work, it's 20x44 but a little out of my price range for now. I think I may just outsource the sublimation work entirely and worry about getting the items sewn and selling them before diving in too deep.
 

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waitaminute... am I reading that right? That's something like... over 40 foot wide? o_O
What do you sublimate with such a large press? Giant flags/Banners? Or is it so you can press a whole order of T's all at once? LOL

...and where exactly do you go to even purchase a press that large?
Sorry, should have been 90 cm x 130 cm :)
 
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