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  • Thinking of T-shirt printing

    Posted by Mark A Brown on January 23, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Hi Guys,

    I’m thinking of starting to supply printed garments as more and more shops that do this sort of stuff seam to be opening up everywhere, then they try and supply signs and van graphics as well.

    Does anyone have any comments on this, should I start doing garment printing and embroidey.

    If so, where can I get garments from. I’ve already been looking at garment presses.

    Any help will be good

    From Mark

    Neil Speirs replied 11 years, 4 months ago 7 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Chris Windebank

    January 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    grafityp do a range of presses and garment films. Worh a visit to see how they can help. Occasionally have training days too from Siser films

    many films available nowadays inc 3d and printable. As for embroidery I sub it out

    Clothing, try pencarrie or ralawise

  • Mark A Brown

    January 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the info, I know where to get the films from. I was wondering where to the garments to put it on.

    From Mark

  • Iain Macdonald

    January 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    +1 for Ralawise
    Wide range of clothing, great customer service and they sell vinyl/papers from The Magic Touch and Xpres as well as heat presses.

    When I set up, i bought a complete package from them and although it was marginally more expensive than sourcing the different equipment from different suppliers, as it’s all from them, if there’s a problem, there’s no arguing over which companies equipment is responsible. They also came out and provided a full day of training tailored to what i wanted to know about. Helped loads and saved me a fortune in throwing away WOW paper/clothes through trial and error.
    So far only had one issue and that was resolved within 24hrs, with no quibbles.
    If you request a catalogue from them, don’t be put off by the single item prices, ask for a visit from your local field rep and they’ll talk through your projected spend with them and that gives them some leeway with their pricing.
    They also use DPD for their deliveries. They send you an email on the day of the delivery with an 1-hour slot during which they will deliver. Means your free to manage your day more effectively, or if you know you won’t be in, arrange for an alternative delivery address or safe place so you still get your stuff.
    I too sub out any embroidery/screen printing for bulk orders as the setup costs are a lot more (and my garage/workshop isn’t big enough).

  • David Hammond

    January 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I wouldn’t bother unless you already have the customer base.

    We sold our T-Shirt press, and stock as it’s not worth the hassle.

    Firstly you need to carry a stock of garments to make it worth while, ordering 1 or 2 at a time, plus the delivery makes the garment cost expensive.

    You will need several colours, in different sizes… and it will be sods law that someone will want a colour you don’t have, or they want 10 XL and you’ve not got enough, and then your back to point 1… paying delivery which bumps the price up.

    You then need a stock of materials, in different colours, plus printable if you have the facility.

    Depending on your customer base you might find yourself selling 1-2 shirts to a customer who wants to pay £10.00 each, and you end up making very little. after you’ve cut, weeded, then pressed the shirts.

    Just my personal experience and the reason I got shut… instead I sub it out to a customer of mine.

  • Luke Culpin

    January 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Pencarrie UKL and UNeek Clothing are pretty good suppliers of garments, UNeek are about the best priced!

  • kev gallagher

    January 24, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Hi Mark
    Try btcactivewear I’ve used them for 3yrs,good customer service.
    They stock all the brands.


  • Neil Speirs

    January 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    BTC all the way :thumbsup:

    They lead and others follow…..order online before 9pm for next day delivery, order over £150 online for free delivery and now order over £50 online friday 2-6pm for free delivery. nuff said 😉

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