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  • Hi! I am a newbie and I need advice on T-shirt printing!

     Jim Clough updated 15 years, 7 months ago 11 Members · 13 Posts
  • biddwiser

    Member
    February 4, 2005 at 6:09 pm

    Hello everyone!

    My name’s Nick and I recently developed an interest in printing T-shirts. I really want to get a decent vinyl cutter/printer, and recently I nearly did so on eBay but I couldn’t afford it (it was a Colorcamm, it went for £1340).

    Do I need to go for Roland or are there any other brands I should look at?

    Im also looking at a heat press – again, any advice on one of those bad boys would be appreciated!!

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    Nick

  • J. Hulme

    Member
    February 4, 2005 at 6:43 pm

    I’d forget the colorcamm, get yourself an epson 1290, CIS with sublimation inks, a good heatpress, will cost around £1000 and go the sublimation route for photo quality images. You can buy textile vinyls to cut with a plotter also should you want to do the easy stuff

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    February 4, 2005 at 6:46 pm

    hi mate & welcome to the boards, lots of folk have pc60 machines and the like so you wont be short of info/help.
    i dont know much about the modern methods of t-shirt printing but i do know grafityp (advert on home page) offer them, i think they have a few. they also do the t-shirt print materials.
    as for pc60, i could be wrong, but i think you can do this with machines like the espson printer and the like, much cheaper machine but not as much capabilities as pc60 ide think.
    ide enquire about the craft robo from graphtec. it prints and cuts, costs £300 but…. you would have to check with graphtec that it can be used for t-shirts. this is a small machine and prints onto A4 sheets of vinyl

  • Nicola McIntosh

    Member
    February 4, 2005 at 9:04 pm

    hi nick!! 😛

    welcome to the boards!! 😛

    hope you find the right machine, people here will keep you right in finding the right one!! 😛

    Nik

  • biddwiser

    Member
    February 4, 2005 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks everyone for the replies. It’s such a relief to find a place where people know what they’re talking about (unlike me).

    Hey Outline, thanks for the advice – I did think about going the sublimation ink route but I was told that you can only print on dye sub t-shirts which are white or grey. Is this incorrect? When you say £1000, is that just for a good heatpress or is that the total price for all the gear you listed?

  • monty

    Member
    June 19, 2005 at 8:30 am

    sorry rob just did a reply didnt realise i had done this.

  • Simon Kay

    Member
    June 19, 2005 at 8:53 am

    Yeah,
    Dye sub is fantabulous 😀
    The only pain in the a**e is that you have to use dye-sub shirts and you are right when you say that they are white or grey.
    This is because you are using dyes and you cannot dye white into a coloured shirt.
    If you can get to the stage of largeness to be printing material that is then made into say motocross jerseys then that too is dye sub but of an all over nature – if that makes sense 😮
    Sounds like you should talk to Monty mate. 😉

  • Andrew Bennett

    Member
    June 19, 2005 at 12:49 pm

    What about airbrush stuff? Seems to be big in the US of A

  • airfxengland

    Member
    August 5, 2005 at 12:08 pm

    hello and welcome i airbrush t shirts with createx paint and use vinyl masks to get a crisp outline looks close to printing

  • Andrew Bennett

    Member
    August 5, 2005 at 5:45 pm
    quote airfxengland:

    hello and welcome i airbrush t shirts with createx paint and use vinyl masks to get a crisp outline looks close to printing

    Sounds good, can you post some of your stuff by any chance.
    Maybe with a demo?

  • Richard Urquhart

    Member
    August 5, 2005 at 8:00 pm

    hi and welcome
    i have a PC60 which we use for tee shirts
    i would say that its fine for tee shirts and image quality is very good so is the use of contour cutting
    all the banding problems you get with the PC 60 are almost un noticeable on tee shirts which must be due to the heating and pressing in to fabric

  • Carrie Brown

    Member
    August 6, 2005 at 9:12 pm

    Hello Nick ….. sorry missed this post first time around!!! Better late to say hello than never though!!

  • Jim Clough

    Member
    August 7, 2005 at 9:53 am

    On the subject of Dye-Sub shirts, have a look at http://www.thetransferpress.co.uk They are now distributors for the new Vapor Apparel shirts. A new material and in other colours than the usual white.

    Cheers
    Jim

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