Do your plan is to print on sub paper, sub to htv vinyl and then vinyl on your shirts?I finally made up my mind and purchased an Epson Artisan 1430 with sublimation carts. Now I must pick out a heat press and cutter. I currently have a Silhouette Cameo, which the large 12x8.5 board was a great idea, but was terribly engeried. The base isn't solid enough on the machine to maintain stability and after running about 4-5 cuts (even same vinyl/design) I must readjust the blades (I've tried 3 different types of blades and had the same result with all, so it's not a blade issues.) At any rate, I share this because that is my reasoning for wanting to purchase a higher end plotter.
As a newbie I am on a budget of about $1000 (but would like to be closer to $700 if possible) for the 2 items and everything I'll need to go with them. I know this type of question comes up often but that's because there is a great need. I've read through the forums, fb groups, and done my own research at the different vendors websites, but it's overwhelming for me. I have a serious difficult time making purchase decisions due to anxiety, so before beating me for asking your opinion on what's the best current deal, please just help me.
What would you recommend buying when you want a really good cutter that comes with solid software and also needing to buy a heat press? I know the heat press is important, but I'm not nearly as considered with that. I don't mean I going to get some cheap chinese one, just saying I don't need anything fancy (a swing or pull out drawer would be nice, but not really a deal breaker if it means I'm saving a few hundred bucks.) Everywhere i read, i need a 16x20 or larger and a larger cutter as well.
Out of curiosity, why not sub directly to the shirt? Is it because it is a dark shirt?
I'm new to the sublim space too, hence the question.
As for cutters, look at the table-top graphtec units. We do signs/vinyl and I started with a 6000-40, and now have 64" FC8600 and Summa S2T.