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Posted on Mon, 11 Oct 2004 at 20:39



I am interested in designing and creating my own Christian T-shirts, but I havent the slightest clue as to how to get started. If somebody could help me, I need to know what equipment i need to buy to get started, and any other helpful information. I'm looking to wholesale them out to places like Christian bookstores and whatnot. If somebody has any information on this, please contact me immediately!

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Anonymous says: To get started you obviously need the basics such as a dryer, flash cure unit, exposure unit, at least a one color one station model, squeggee, scoop coater, emulsion, tape, screen print frame and ink. ...

To get started you obviously need the basics such as a dryer, flash cure unit, exposure unit, at least a one color one station model, squeggee, scoop coater, emulsion, tape, screen print frame and ink. How much ink you want depends on how much printing you want to do. Some companies will send you pint size samples to try for free. What size scoop coater or squeegee you need depends on what size screen, what size mesh on your screen depends on the type of ink you want to use. You also need vellum paper to put your design on the frame with, reclaimer and degreaser to reclaim your screen. Hope that helps. A good hint would be to check out used equipment on ebay or even just puch in used screen print supply or equipment.

posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 1:21pm
Anonymous says: You may want to consider using dye sublimation heat transfers to get started? To do this you need a PC with a software graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop CS or Corel draw. A good large format ...

You may want to consider using dye sublimation heat transfers to get started? To do this you need a PC with a software graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop CS or Corel draw. A good large format printer such as an Epson 1280 w/ a bulk ink supply and a decent heat press are the rest of the equipment. You are limited to light colored shirts at present, but can print on 100% polyester or with a heat transfer paper such as I-Trans from Laser Reproductions, Inc., you can print on 100% cotton tees as well. This is great for low volume full color tee shirt orders, but gets costly for larger volumes. The transfers on cotton are extremely durable and only slightly fade after washing. I have printed thousands of shirts with no complaints. This works great for fundraising programs that church groups are known for having. I have several programs running at present. Let me know if you want more info or would like me to print for you.
Good Luck!
Cliff

posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 10:29pm
Anonymous says: My suggestion would be to do two things, either work for a printer part-time or research the industry before you invest alot of time and money. Working for a printer part-time will give you some skills ...

My suggestion would be to do two things, either work for a printer part-time or research the industry before you invest alot of time and money. Working for a printer part-time will give you some skills and knowledge of how to run a screen printing business. Reading and research will show you how what equipment is out there, printing techniques, prices, etc, etc. I screen-printed part-time for 5 years while working a full-time job. It is alot of work but rewarding when you can finally commit it to a full-time business...just make sure that is what you want to do before spending alot of time and money.

posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 3:41pm
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