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Hey Guys, i am new to this T-shirt business. I just bought a heat press machine and want to get started. I only have a regular printer now, i want to upgrade soon. What can i do with my new machine and my printer until i decide to upgrade to a decent printer with sublimation ink and stuff??
 

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Hi. Realistically you are probably limited to heat press transfers with your current set up.

These are available for light fabrics and for dark fabrics. Some of the threads on here, will give you an indication of which ones yield the best results.

There is also the option of using plastisol transfers, but you need to have these made by a specialist company for you.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for the heads up... Will i need to upgrade my current printer with any special ink when using the plastisol transfers? Is there any regular heat transfer paper i could grab at a store that could work for right now, just to test my machine out?
 

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Hi. Avery is a reasonable brand that is widely available.

With plastisol transfers you send your designs off to a specialist company. They come back pre-inked and ready to go straight to the press.
 

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Thanks alot for the help guys.... The info u gave me is helping a lot. I have another question. I got a few sheets of heat transfer paper with my heat press, can i just print an image and apply it to the shirt? will this work? or do i need some special printer/ink?
 

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Hi. You should be able to just use your existing printer and ink.

Try it out on an old tee shirt first though, just to give you some practise.
 

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What kind of printer are you using? Some printers come with dye inks and some with pigment inks. I believe pigment inks work the best for heat transfers.
 

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I am using an HP Deskjet f140 right now. I also picked up a pack of Avery transfer paper yesterday.... I tried out my first shirt... it came out awesome, thanks for all your help guys.
 

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I am using an HP Deskjet f140 right now. I also picked up a pack of Avery transfer paper yesterday.... I tried out my first shirt... it came out awesome, thanks for all your help guys.
I suggest you wash the shirt to make sure the fading is acceptable. I know it looks great now, but the real test is after it is washed and dried. ... JB
 
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