If you don't have any experience screen printing, but you are ready to start selling. I'd suggest you buy transfers 1st. If things take off, then get you a small rig and learn to screen print your own transfers while you make some money. Screen printing has a serious learning curve for even the simplest 1 color printing.Hey guys.
I have an idea for a new Tshirt line, but am faced with the same dilemma as most are. How will the Tshirts be printed?
Screen Printing - Great for high volume, bad for starting out.
Plastisol Transfer - Great for reducing cost of Tshirt inventory
I've tentatively decided that I'll do Plastisol Transfers instead of screen printing hundreds of Tshirts that may or may not sell.
Now the question becomes: should I even buy the screen printing tools to make my own transfers? Or just buy transfers?
I'm sure the cost / shirt is lower if I print my own transfers, but the ease of just buying transfers as needed is quite attractive as well.
If the business does take off (and I was printing my own), I could easily transition into screen printing directly to Tshirts, but if I started out buying, I might continue down the lazy path and keep buying.