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I tryed to take a design to place on a grey t-shirt. Went to Joanne Fabric and picked up a June Tailor Dark T-Shirt Tranfer Sheet. It printed GREAT on my Epson CX7400. I didn't have a heat press then, so ironed it on the the instructions said to. ......Well after 3 washes it started to crack and peel.

When everyone talks about transfer paper and inkjet transfers they produce, is this to process they are referring to? Was the transfer paper my problem?

When doing a transfer on a light colored shirt, does the background show up and make the transfer look like a square? Do you just have to cut around the areas to stop this from happening?

I am looking also to find a transfer company that has stock designs that I can have them add company names to. Any suggestions or recommendations? Trying to find suggestions for catchy bar logos or saying for another customer
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I think your issue could be both paper and pressure. The heat press is a important tool for transfer printing. It allows for regulate heat and pressure. These are very important variables that need to be regulated. I think the next issue is the paper. I know there are lots of paper manufacturer's and some don't work very well. The best transfr paper right now is JPSS for lights and Alpha Gold/Jetwear for dark ( same paper). If you need custom transfers made,I use www.acetransco.com for my custom needs. I hope this helps with your problems. .... JB
 

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I know nothing about this subject and want to know more.

I tryed to take a design to place on a grey t-shirt. Went to Joanne Fabric and picked up a June Tailor Dark T-Shirt Tranfer Sheet. It printed GREAT on my Epson CX7400. I didn't have a heat press then, so ironed it on the the instructions said to. ......Well after 3 washes it started to crack and peel.

When everyone talks about transfer paper and inkjet transfers they produce, is this to process they are referring to? Was the transfer paper my problem? Probably a big factor. There is a difference between the consumer grade papers and the commercial grade papers.

When doing a transfer on a light colored shirt, does the background show up and make the transfer look like a square? Do you just have to cut around the areas to stop this from happening? Mostly, yes. It really depends on the transfer paper you're using, and the shirt color. I'm just trying out the JPSS, and I notice that the "window" is less visible than with the Ironall paper.

I am looking also to find a transfer company that has stock designs that I can have them add company names to. Any suggestions or recommendations? There are several resources for clipart and designs -- SmartDesigns.com is one that comes to mind. Add your own text to the clipart. Trying to find suggestions for catchy bar logos or saying for another customer
Kay
See responses above.
 

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Wow,
Thanks for all the great input. I thought I must be doing something wrong. Is there a software program that has clip art for t-shirts, etc. that is better then the other?
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I know nothing about this subject and want to know more.

I tryed to take a design to place on a grey t-shirt. Went to Joanne Fabric and picked up a June Tailor Dark T-Shirt Tranfer Sheet. It printed GREAT on my Epson CX7400. I didn't have a heat press then, so ironed it on the the instructions said to. ......Well after 3 washes it started to crack and peel.
Ironall and Ironall Dark are papers that come with hand iron instructions.

Your printer is perfect for this process, it uses pigment ink. Don't change that. Keep using that printer.

Some professional papers aren't made to use with a hand iron, so if you don't have a press, you'll have to try one of those papers.

JPSS (paper for light shirts) do not come with hand iron instructions, but has been being tested with a hand iron and "unofficially" it works, so I've heard.

I used to hand iron and earned enough profit to pay for all my stock and buy my press outright without one single customer complain, return or issue. Can be done and done well....

Thooooo, it is extremely time consuming and laborious, as you already know. With a press, 30 seconds and you are done, and you stood around the whole time. :D Much better!

And it is much much easier to get that needed pressure on there.

Are you planning to get a press?

When everyone talks about transfer paper and inkjet transfers they produce, is this to process they are referring to? Was the transfer paper my problem?
Yep, most store bought papers crack. That is not a pressure issue, that is a paper issue.

When doing a transfer on a light colored shirt, does the background show up and make the transfer look like a square? Do you just have to cut around the areas to stop this from happening?
Yes, either by hand or with a cutter that does contour cutting. There are many threads on contour cutters on the forum.

Trying to find suggestions for catchy bar logos or saying for another customer
Kay
What do you mean logo, Kay? If you mean real logos from already establish bars, those are protected, just in case.... not sure what you meant by that - at all - but didn't want to see you accidentally land in any trouble if you did mean real logos. :)

Wow,
Thanks for all the great input. I thought I must be doing something wrong. Is there a software program that has clip art for t-shirts, etc. that is better then the other?
Kay
Here is a thread for you, it is to get a one year free subscription to clipart.com - by ordering a free cd and paying for shipping. Clipart.com is great, alot of the members here keep yearly subs to it, and the normal fee to register is around $159, so this deal is GREat!!

here is the link:

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/general-t-shirt-selling-discussion/t49224.html#post290126

Good luck to you....
 

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I have a press and have used it for some plastisol custom transfers. Worked GREAT!

By logos, I don't mean trademarks items. I have taverns looking for cute sayings and they want their bar name added. Do I just get clip art and add there name? Is that what you mean? With the Clip art I assume I need to purchase some type of program to design the rest of the words? Is that how you do it?

I ordered the cd you mentioned.
Kay
 
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