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Hello everyone I need all the help I can get. Ok, my business is monogramming and embroidery and recently my husband ventured to go with me to the ISS Show in Atlanta and got very serious about doing heat transfer the thing is we know NOTHING about this type of thing. I have been eagerly trying to figure out what I need to incorporate this type of thing :confused: My question to u experts out there is could you all recommend a good quality t-shirt to begin with. My hubby would like some that are kinda heavy weight. We looked at Gildan but I was wondering if some of you could share where to get these at a good price or maybe another brand that would be good for us to use. 2. Heat Press...... We are leaning on the Stahl's 16X20 but again I am trying to get the best quality at the best price. 3. Right now we are going to be purchasing our designs from a company and need to know what other equipment we would need to get this started such as transfer paper, tools etc. Please Help! Any information that you all could provide will be so helpful. I have been reading here most of the day trying to learn as much as I can about this. It's just a bit overwhelming. Thanks again....

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T-shirtforums member "badalou" is the man you are going to want to talk to about this. You can also search youtube for "badalou" he has some great video on that site too. He also has his own site that sells tools to help you get started. He's a great guy, drop him a line.

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For starters, a 16X20 press will serve you quite nicely. Stahl's is a good brand. To price them out, find the best price on th model you want, you can start by using the vendor links to the left, and continue with a Yahoo search.

Gildan is the brand of shirt that I use most. I use either their style 2000 or 5000. The 5.6 oz shirt is fine for printing. The 6.1 oz shirt is good when your customer want a slightly heavier shirt. Gildan is available through many, many vendors. I usually use Sanmar or Golden State Activewear (the latter is close to me, and I can will call). I also like the Port Authority T-Shirt; that is sold through Sanmar.

Again, there are many, many shirt styles available, and I would do a search and check out what's available. This way, when your cusotmer asks for a specific style or color shirt, you have a head start.

If you want to start with stock transfers, check out ProWorld.

If you're going to add custom transfers printed with your inkjet printer, the most popular papers (and my new favs) are JPSS (JetProSoftStretch) for lights, and Everlast or Ironall for darks. Both of these papers are available at heatpressessntials.com.

As for printer and ink specs for the printers:

it's really best to use a pigment ink for the opaque paper for dark shirts. I use the Epson C120 for this -- I purchased it directly from Epson when they were doing a sale of refurbished models for $39.

Most will tell you that you need pigment ink for lights as well. While that may be the preferred method for mos, I have found that the JPSS paper works quite well with the dye inks. I use my HP printer with those.

There is so much good information on this board, if you continue to do searches, and read new posts, you're going to found out more about the specifics.
 

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OMG, you guys are so helpful. Thankyou so much for this. I just wanted to be sure we were headed in the right direction. I have only been a member of this board for a few days but I tell ya, you guys have been a tremendous help. I don't think I would do this if i had not found this site. If any of you need help with embroidery work just give me buzz, i do know about that!!!!:D Thanks again!


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...could you all recommend a good quality t-shirt to begin with. My hubby would like some that are kinda heavy weight.
Who is your customer, young, old, male, female?

The Gildans are okay, generic in every sense of the word and they come in many, many colors and are almost always on sale. Anvil is comparable but softer. There are also Deltas, Jerzees, Fruit of the Loom, Champion, Hanes, LAT, AA, and tons more. Hanes Beefy-Ts are a nice step up from Gildans and have been a staple in screenprinting for decades.

16x20 is a good size press, its the size I have. It seems that most all the name brand presses are well made and come with similar warranties.
 

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Hi Carolyn and welcome to the forum. :)

Michele and Rick gave you great info... I can only add that you can cut your ink costs after you buy your printer by buying 3rd party inks, either re-fill carts or bulk ink systems. There are suppliers like inkjetcart.us, shopdyesub.com, and inkjetfly. There are more, but these names I see quite frequently on the forum.

If you choose JetproSofstretch paper, the price can vary greatly. Some additional suppliers that have excellent pricing are tshirtsupplies.com and New Milford Paper. Sign up with all the suppliers for their newsletter, so when they run a sale, you'll be the first to know. It's nice to never pay full price. :)

I use Ironall Dark as well. I like it bc it is stretchy, but some folks don't like the textured surface. I buy it at New Milford. There is a second paper that folks on the forum really like, it is called JetWear, that is at tshirtsupplies.com and it is the same paper that people like that is called Alpha Gold for Darks, which is from Alpha Supply.

Accessories you might want to add to your heat press supplies are a teflon sheet to keep your upper platen clean, a fitted teflon pad to keep your lower platen clean. A mess on your upper or lower platen can be a bear to clean off. These sheets make clean up a breeze. Parchment paper can be substituted for teflon on the top. If you do get a big mess, EZ Off is a cleaner for the upper platen. It's not the EZ off for Ovens in your home, it is different, and made for platens.

A lint roller. I won't press without mine. I use the sticky tape kind because it grabs those little loose fibers, and then I peel it and throw it away. Those pesky fibers show up after I press... they glare at me post press, haha, when I couldn't even see them before I pressed.

If your press doesn't have a built in timer, a stand alone timer is great. It beats watching and counting the seconds on the clock.

Some mouse pads to raise the material above the seams when pressing. I happened to have mouse pads here that worked. I just cut them to size with a scissor. They are awesome. Uncorrogated cardboard does the same job.

For lining up the transfers... I spent $11 on a June Taylor Fringe Cut. It was from Walmart. It's clear, lined and numbered. Some others here use this too. It's a big rectangle, and very sturdy.

Store your transfer paper stock in the plastic bags it comes in, or your own, but keep them in plastic as they can be finicky about the humidity in the environment.

Lastly, for you, I have a post about how to press step by step instructions, the how and whys included. Good luck to you and your husband, hope you enjoy this process:

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/inkjet-heat-transfer-paper/t39007.html#post229735

Okay.. gotta run, I"m late... haha... okay have fun!!! :):)
 
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