T-shirt Heat Press Machine

Over the years, I’ve used many heat press machines to sell and print tens of thousands of t-shirts, aprons, canvas tote bags, bibs, mouse pads and much much more. Of all the t-shirt heat press machines I’ve used, the best heat press by far were the ones manufactured by Stahls’ Hotronix.

Tshirt Riches is an authorized distributor of the Hotronix® and the MAXX™ Press and we’re proud to be able to provide and educate you about the best t-shirt heat transfer pressing equipment!

I’ve posted links below to pages within our website that’ll provide you with videos and information about the various types of heat presses available.

In addition to the heat press machines above, keep in mind that you don’t have to purchase new t-shirt heat presses…

If the machines above are outside of your budget, don’t hesitate to look for bargains on websites like Craigslist.com, eBay and Amazon. They’re sitting in people’s garages collecting dust and you can often find a bargain if you’re willing to buy used..

Apply the extra savings towards starting your new t-shirt business.

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318 comments
MJ says

If we order a heat press how long will it take for us to get it? We have already meet with a small business development center in our area and will be getting a business license this week. We are in the process of getting some preorder interest right now as I send this, so we are ready to rock and roll. So if we order a heat press how long will it take? Also how can we contact you/T-shirt Riches for follow up on orders?

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Cartess Ross says

We have them in stock now…Ran out a couple of weeks ago and some orders were delayed. They generally ship out 3-5 days after you place your order.

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    mike says

    how much for this equipment? its better than the one i use, i think

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Bodisoty says

how do i make the same t-shirt over a over.

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Admin says

What is needed to operate the machine? Other than transfer sheets?

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jacky says

Hello great job.The heat press are for hoodies or only for tshirts?Also there is bigger heat press than 16×20?the 16×20 is the perfect choice?which machine i need for the prints?or pc program?Also how cost a tshirt?thanks…

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lat says

 Hi Cartess, I just want to let you know I enjoy watching your videos on Youtube, It appears you tell it how it is and I like that. I have one question that has been bugging me and wondered if you can help me out with it. I was wondering with the difference between the Hotronix and Gecko besides cost-wise.  between the Hotronix and Gecko besides cost-wise. 

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Kscnn says

do you have any agency in southkorea.if you have i would  like to contact that heatpress.
and how can i get transpapper ,if does it possable designe transpapper ourself,
if you have more information ,please send me email

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Kamuzu says

Hej
      do u ship to Africa like zambia on so on

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Lightseygn says

Do you ever reduce or donate some of the items for tax purposes.    My dad was diganosed with ALS and were going to have a big event plant to help him and the others diagnosed with ALS.  Handing out shirts and telling people about it bring huge awareness.  It’s ok if you don’t it didn’t hurt to ask.  We asking business from around to donate stuff so we can get our big event under way.  THanks lightseygn@aol.com

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Cartess Ross says

No… sorry.

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Cartess Ross says

I don’t… Sorry.

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Cartess Ross says

Thanks for the kind words… Hotronix has a variety of machines — each one with their own features. Overall, the Hotronix is a solid machine, more sturdy and quality. It’s like driving a ford escort vs mercedes benz. They both get you where you need to go, but one is more ‘prestigious’ and built better. If money is no issue, go Hotronix. If you’re just trying to get started and money is not falling out of the sky for you, get the Gecko. It works and will make quality t-shirts for you too.

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Cartess Ross says

Electricity and some t-shirts 🙂

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Cartess Ross says

The press can print both tees and hoodies. See this video:
http://tshirtriches.com/video-more-faqs-about-starting-a-t-shirt-business-with-a-heat-transfer-press-machine/

There are larger machines than the 16×20. I’d recommend the 16×20 though.

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Cartess Ross says

Not sure I understand the question?

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JJsocool says

I have one question to ask about transfer paper & printer before i purchase heat press machine…
-is any type of ink that i can use? or do i have to use some type of ink?
-printer… I can use anykind printer (basic home printer?) that i can use while i printing a design to transfer paper?

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kayman says

Cartess,

I have currently designed many shirts ( some for businesses and what not and some for personal expression) however, the more complex ones ( my own expression ) are vastly detailed ( vector graphics ) and are oversized. With a heat press would I be able to do the following:

– Print a design on say 4 papers and press onto the same shirt in quadrants ( ie left side sleeve, then right sleeve then say middle shirt and same on the back )?
— if yes next question, if no I guess i am stuck with belt printing and extreme costs

– Print a background, then overlay a design on top of that shirt?

– Does the thread count become a factor? ie 3.4oz vs a softer distressed shirt?

Thanks

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LW says

I have found a good deal on a used 15×15 heat press. What am I missing out on if I do not get the 16×20? Other than the room? Will it be more difficult to do larger sized garments?

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Cartess Ross says

A larger machine will allow you to print t-shirts that have larger designs. However, you can still get plenty done with a 15×15. If you found a great deal on one, take it! Just get started… You can always go larger when you start making money. A 15×15 won’t prevent you from making money 🙂

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Cartess Ross says

You could definitely do oversized printing with the 16X20 — I haven’t done much of this, but I know it can be done. You won’t be able to do the ‘overlay’ — at least I don’t think so. Give these guys a call and ask that question — they could probably better answer that for you: http://www.txpress.com

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Favio127 says

can i use a Steam Press 

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Rmc_gold says

hi do you ship to australia? 🙂

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Anonymous says

do you ship to denmark europa

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Charlie says

Hi Cartess

I am pretty interested with your idea and machine. Do you ship the heat press machine to Malaysia?

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Hosea says

do u ship to new zealand

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Cartess Ross says

Unfortunately we don’t. Sorry. I don’t think our voltage system is the same — thus the machine won’t work there.

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Cartess Ross says

Sorry Charlie… we don’t. I don’t think our voltage system is the same and the machine probably wouldn’t work there.

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Cartess Ross says

We don’t. I don’t think our voltage system is the same and the machine probably wouldn’t work there.

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Brucetrevino says

I am definitely interested purchasing the Gecko GK-102. I live in SW Michigan and plan to start my own online t-shirt business. I was curious about other equipment I might need such as a printer or will any printer do?

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Roshan_hssn says

Hi Ross!! do u ship printing machines to UK?  

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Cartess Ross says

I don’t, sorry… But there should be companies in the UK that sell these machines…

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Cartess Ross says

Who said you couldn’t call? Go here: http://tshirtriches.com/call-us/

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Cartess Ross says

The company below does it — they’re expensive, but good. I list cheaper alternatives in our training program — but here you go: http://www.txpress.com

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Cartess Ross says

Give it a shot and see what happens. Can’t say which direction to go in… But I do believe that once you get started, you’ll start to feel your away around and you’ll have a generally idea on which direction to move in. The most important thing is just getting started — don’t delay, don’t think about it for the next 6 months, just take small baby steps and move forward.

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Cartess Ross says

I’ve tried all kids… Anything made by Hotronix is GREAT (which Maxx Digital Press is a hotronix machine). I will say that most every machine I’ve used have all functioned great. Having a timer will keep you on point. Some of your designs may require a 6-8 press, while others may require 8-10 seconds. When you’re pressing a large quantity — those 1 to 2 extra seconds you left the machine pressed down will cause you to lose 10 – 20 minutes easily — I like and recommend timers. Plus, u don’t want to overheat/under heat.

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Cartess Ross says

I’ve never shipped with them. Because of their shape, they’ll probably be more expensive to ship.

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Cartess Ross says

I believe you can buy this machine direct for $1200 + plus shipping

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Cartess Ross says

Actually… many of the designs I resell are transfers I purchase from others. However, I have a good number of my own designs that I sell under my own brand name. I’ll be sharing some of those designs in the coming weeks as I expand my training course…

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Joe says

Hi Cartess,

Will the Maxx Press Digital – Clam Heat Transfer Press 16?x20” be available and functional in India with the watt? If so or not, how difficult or costly is the availability of transfer paper and the machine. Do you ship to India? Has anyone bought it from India?

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    Cartess Ross says

    I’ve shipped to a lot of places, but not India yet. I’m not sure if this will work in India as I have no knowledge on your electrical (wattage) setup there. The machine is offered in the following: Available in 110V or 220V.

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Cartess Ross says

Absolutely… It’s done all the time. The process is the same as if u pressed on the front, no difference.

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Cartess Ross says

Based on quantity, colors, type of transfer, etc… Give them a call. They’re extremely helpful.

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Cartess Ross says

Sorry, I don’t. My suggestion would be to start small (one design at a time), buy used (you can get these heat press machines on craigslist.com for as little as $200 – $300). And just grow into it… Just take your time and start — otherwise, you’ll be in this same ‘condition’ 3 years from now. Change must begin somewhere.

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Cartess Ross says

Absolutely… YOu can definitely print a design on the front and one on the back. No problem. I demo that in one of my videos, I think this video shows me doing just that:
http://tshirtriches.com/video-more-faqs-about-starting-a-t-shirt-business-with-a-heat-transfer-press-machine/

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Cartess Ross says

Hi Linda, sorry for the delay. The course we offer is pretty straightfoward, with ‘step-by-step’ instructions. You’re free to watch over and over again until you’re able to ‘absorb’ each step. I don’t have anything available in ‘Denton, TX’, as our course is an online course and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. I’m not familiar with any ‘manufacturers’ in Texas, but I imagine a good google search will yield you some type of results.

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Cartess Ross says

Big steps are primarily getting your machines (which can be cheap if u buy used from sites like craigslist.com). Once you get your machine, the next big step generally is getting your designs made. I usually tell people to just get started with 1-3 designs and grow into it. No need to spend your entire life savings in one day — grow into this thing slowly. Beyond that, advertising/marketing is going to be key in your being successful. You can have the best designs, but if no one know they exist, it really doesn’t matter. Hope this helps…

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, we most certainly do!

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Cartess Ross says

I apologize, I’m going to copy and paste this from a question I just answered. 🙂

We actually don’t print our own transfers! We deal directly with several companies that specialize in transfers, etc. Printing your own, isn’t cost effective, doesn’t provide the same quality nor does the color on the transfer last when printing them yourself. After your customer has washed the shirt a few times the color begins to fade! Most importantly, it’s too time consuming, which doesn’t free you up to focus on what “really matters” which is: growing your business!

In our course, we provide direct contact with our sources! Which you can purchase most transfers as little as $1.00.

Please be sure to check out our course! http://www.tshirtriches.com/tr

Thanks!Type your reply…

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, we ship to Bahrain!

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Cartess Ross says

Hi,

The companies are listed in the course I have created.

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, they sure are! 🙂

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Cartess Ross says

Absolutely! Please click link below to see examples
http://txpress.com

This company also specialize in sport shirts, etc.

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Cartess Ross says

I don’t use printers. I strictly use the transfers along with the 16×20 hotronix heat press.

No, I don’t.

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Cartess Ross says

I have created a course that provides everything you need to know. Beginning with purchasing transfers as little as $1, marketing, wholesale tshirts, etc.

http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, we do!

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Cartess Ross says

I apologize, I don’t sell prints. However, I have created a course. In the course, I have created. I give full access to the sources that provides quality transfers. Most transfers can be purchased at $1.00-$1.50. Please be sure to take full advantage of the course! I also have included where to purchase t-shirts at wholesale, and the step by steps to getting your t-shirt business started.

http://www.tshirtriches.com/tr

Thanks!Type your reply…

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Cartess Ross says

Hi James,

You can either take advantage of our package we have available http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine/

Or you can look on ebay for a machine as well as craigslist.

If you are really serious about starting your t-shirt business. I would recommend taking full advantage of the course that has been created. In the course, it includes the step by steps to start your business, marketing, the sources to purchase the transfers for the most part at $1, whole sale t-shirts, etc.

http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Cartess Ross says

Hey,

If you would check out the course. The course provides everything you need to know!

http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Cartess Ross says

I am afraid not!

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Cartess Ross says

I apologize, I’m going to copy and paste this from a question I just answered. 🙂

We actually don’t print our own transfers! We deal directly with several companies that specialize in transfers, etc. Printing your own, isn’t cost effective, doesn’t provide the same quality nor does the color on the transfer last when printing them yourself. After your customer has washed the shirt a few times the color begins to fade! Most importantly, it’s too time consuming, which doesn’t free you up to focus on what “really matters” which is: growing your business!

In our course, we provide direct contact with our sources! Which you can purchase most transfers as little as $1.00.

Please be sure to check out our course! http://www.tshirtriches.com/tr

Thanks!

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, we do.

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, please contact us directly! tshirtriches@gmail.com

Thanks

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Cartess Ross says

We have several companies out here in the US we purchase the supplies from. Most of the one we deal with do ship outside the UK. Please check the course out to gain access to our suppliers. http://tshirtriches.com/training

Thanks

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, it is quite possible. However, I don’t recommend doing it. It’s not cost effective, the transfers usually don’t last after a couple of washes, and it’s too time consuming. The amount of time you would spend trying to print, format the designs, etc. Could be used to marketing in efforts to grow your business.

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Cartess Ross says

Pretty much, no.

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Cartess Ross says

If you would, please check out our designers. http://www.tshirtriches.com/t-shirt-designer/

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Cartess Ross says

We do offer web design, eCommerce site. Please contact us directly for pricing information.

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Cartess Ross says

Glad it was helpful… Thanks!

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Cartess Ross says

A ton. I have tees from 8-9 years ago that I still wear and still looks great…. Order a sample transfer/tee pack and see for yourself. You’ll be amazed.

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Cartess Ross says

The paper you speak of are called transfer designs. I do not make the transfer designs because it’s not cost effective, it’s time consuming, and it’s not the same quality as I would get when purchasing from the companies I currently purchase the transfer from. In the course, I have created, provides the information about the transfers and where to purchase the transfers at wholesale cost. In the course, I include information about marketing, the step by step information you need to get your t-shirt business going, where to purchase the t-shirts are wholesale cost as well. Along with more information.

I would encourage you to take advantage of the course!

http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Blah_Blah says

I’m thinking you need an FAQ page, problem is people just DON’T read… I keep seeing the same questions asked again & again. People!!  Watch the video and read through 4-5 pages of this feed and I’m sure most of your questions will be answered.

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    Cartess Ross says

    Great advice — I think I’ll work on that during Christmas break. My wife answers a lot of the questions for me from time to time and she says the same thing you just said — “Cartess… they keep asking the same ole questions”. But that is my fault — I should have created an FAQs page a long time ago — at least the most commonly asked questions would be in one place versus trying to find it all over the site. Thanks for reminding me — it’s the simple things like this that’ll make it easier/convenient for everyone.

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kamran says

what kind, brand, and model printer do you use for this bussinus?

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Cartess Ross says

We ship everywhere.

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Cartess Ross says

Absolutely… Check craigslist.com first — u can usually find some great local deals! http://www.Craigslist.com

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Cartess Ross says

The transfer paper is a special type transfer. I’m sure you can tell it’s not the usually transfer paper you purchase of Walmart or similar stores.

Please check the course out! I go more in detail about the paper and I provide where to purchase the transfer paper at wholesale cost.

http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Thatsitclothingline says

i need a heat press machine..am in northern california.. bay area..dont want to go trough the hassle of ebay or internet purchase..if any one know about a place that sell them in the bay area please let me know..or if you have one for sale.. i will go to you..san jose, oakland, frisco..santa rosa..central valley.. it dont matter.. i would really appriciate it.. you can send the info to my clothing line email….thatsitclothingline@yahoo.com thank you

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    Cartess Ross says

    If you are trying to make the purchase local. You can either try craigslist or place an ad in your local paper.

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Cartess Ross says

No cutters required with this type of transfer — there are no outlines whatsoever. See this video for more FAQs:
http://www.tshirtriches.com/video-more-faqs-about-starting-a-t-shirt-business-with-a-heat-transfer-press-machine/

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Cartess Ross says

Very durable… I still wear shirts that I’ve printed over 8 years ago. The inks are the same as screen printed inks — they last!

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Cartess Ross says

we don’t do vinyl… can’t help ya there. Sorry!

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Cartess Ross says

We can work around it… email us: tshirtriches@gmail.com

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, you can! It’s actually better that way to have the transfer sent out to a transfer company. The transfer company actually prints the design on to a release paper which is plastisol transfer. It’s definitely a better quality unlike trying to print the design yourself onto a printer. That way is horrible and the design fades after a few washes. Trust me, your customers will not be happy. You want to sell quality products to your customer, you want their repeat business over and over again. Since most of your business will come from repeat business, your existing customers.

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Cartess Ross says

In the course, I have created I provide the sources on where to purchase to transfer. Now, the course is packed with information about starting your business, marketing, getting a business license, how to get a website on a shoestring budget, where to purchase the transfers, tshirts at wholesale cost, etc. It’s jammed packed!

http://tshirtriches.com/training

If you are only interested in purchasing the list of sources

http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Cartess Ross says

If you are only interested in purchasing the transfer please click below.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

If you are interested in starting your business and need to be walked through the process step by step..
http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Cartess Ross says

I can you purchase the list of sources to purchase the paper.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

If you are interested in starting your own t-shirt business. I highly recommend the course.
http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Cartess Ross says

I apologize, we no longer ship to Pakistan.

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Cartess Ross says

The packet is $27. Please click the link below.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, you may certainly can! Best way to go as far as quality is concerned!

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Cartess Ross says

Absolutely not printing designs from a printer is crap! I personally do not recommend using any printer to print the designs. It’s best to have the design created, and send the design to a company who can print the design onto the release with plastisol ink which is the same ink that screen printers use onto print shirts.

Please click the video below
http://www.tshirtriches.com/video-more-faqs-about-starting-a-t-shirt-business-with-a-heat-transfer-press-machine/

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Cartess Ross says

I apologize, I am not familiar with that process.

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Cartess Ross says

Slim-to-none. Order a sample pack and wash a few dozen times and see for yourself. Go here to get one — it’s below the video: http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

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Cartess Ross says

We don’t recommend printing your own transfers from your home computer. See video here:
http://www.tshirtriches.com/video-more-faqs-about-starting-a-t-shirt-business-with-a-heat-transfer-press-machine/

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Cartess Ross says

What do u need help with?

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Cartess Ross says

And that’s why I start out by saying… “IF MONEY IS NO ISSUE — I’d Recommend the Following MAXX PRESS by Stahls”.

And in all my other videos, I highly encourage people to buy used from Craigslist because they can generally find someone locally selling their machine for as little as $300-$400.

This particular package isn’t for everyone – and isn’t meant to be. And keep in mind, this is a PACKAGE. Not just a heat press machine.

Hope this helps.

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Cartess Ross says

Absolutely… You might have a DIFFICULT challenge dealing with the shoulders though. But printing on the front and back will be no problem. If shoulders is a must — I wouldn’t recommend this process.

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Cartess Ross says

We don’t . Sorry.

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Cartess Ross says

Yes it is indeed.

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Cartess Ross says

Each company will have their own requirements. Whomever you decide to use to make your transfers, ask them how they want the file. It’ll usually already be on their website. Each company want differently.

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Cartess Ross says

I’m unfamiliar with those brands — but check out the reviews the other buyers have left about the machine. Don’t forget to check locally on Craigslist.com — you can often get lucky.

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Cartess Ross says

That might be outside our scope… Is it lots of small text are a few enlarged text?

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Lui Valencia says

you ship to mexico?

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Mik3tx says

I have seen companies sell heat transfer paper to use in ink jet printers, is this similar to what you are using?

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Cartess Ross says

Anytime… Technology has surely changed over time.

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Cartess Ross says

Glad we could help. Technology has changed a lot over time, thus making this process so much simpler.

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abbass says

I would like to know the range of prices you get for your T-shirts recently. Thank you.

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    Cartess Ross says

    I primarily wholesale to churches, fundraisers, etc… My wholesale prices range from $4.95 – $6.95

    On the retail side, I’ve sold tees for as much as $19.95, but usually $14.95 is the norm for me.

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Omatheos says

Hi Cartess,
What are your thoughts about ebay?  It looks intimidating when I see t shirt stores and they have 6,000 designs going.

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    Cartess Ross says

    I’ve never used ebay to sell tees and can’t really provide an opinion one way or the other…

    I just didn’t want to try and compete with others selling tees for almost pennies.

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Omatheos says

What are your thoughts about cafepress, zazzle, etc?

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    Cartess Ross says

    Never used them either. They keep a huge portion of the money and you’re building their brand more than your own; If I’m going to market and promote my own tees and drive traffic, I’d rather move them towards my own site/brand. If this is the only way you can get started, then by all means, do it until you’re able to do it on your own.

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READYMIKE23 says

HOW MUCH IS THE PRESS

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    Cartess Ross says

    Range anywhere from $395 – $2K…. You can find quality used machines on craigslist for cheap. Also, check ebay.

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Joecool2008 says

 

What is the difference with quality and cost, if you use a
heat press and do it yourself or have it done silk screen?

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    Cartess Ross says

    Quality is about the same as screen printed tees. It’s the same inks used by screen printers. Instead of them printing onto a t-shirt, screen printers are using the exact same process, but they’re printing the design onto a special release paper (transfer), that gives you the ability to print on demand. The costs are very comparable and is dependent on the number of colors in your design and the number of transfers you order… For example, using one-color as an example, you can get 100 transfers printed up for about $118 ($1.18/ea). 300 transfers will bring your cost down to about .80/each. Five-hundred transfers can bring your cost down to about .55/each.

    Click the link below to order a sample pack and see the quality for yourself… Wash it a dozen times to see how well it holds up:

    http://www.tshirtriches.com/get-sample-transfers-printed-t-shirts/

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Shana says

I want to know can you draw your own picture and send it to them for it to be place on the paper to press it on the shirts? or can I tell them whatever I want to be drawn out to be put on there?

Also can I place more than one photo on the back or front one by one without smearing it or messing up the picture I already have on there, or I can place all of them on there at the same time then press it?

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    Cartess Ross says

    Each transfer vendor will have specific formats they’d want you to send your artwork in… You wouldn’t typically draw it out on paper and send it to them.

    We suggest you get a graphic designer to create your design for you (you could send them your sketch on paper and they’ll take it and create it ‘digitally’ and they’ll put it into the format your transfer vendor requires).

    You can print a design on front of a tee and print one on the back. You’d obviously have transfers on a different sheet. Once you print on the front, simply turn the tee over and print the other transfer on the back — no issues with ‘smearing’.

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Ram Sam says

Hi Carter,

What brand do you think is the best to buy for a 15 x 15 machine press.  I am just getting started and what other things should I be looking for.   What is teflon?   Thanks

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    Cartess Ross says

    I like Hotronix/Stahls heat press machines… They’re expensive but great quality machines. If you’re just getting started, I’d suggest buying used from Craigslist (check ebay too). The teflon sheet can be used for a variety of things… It can help prevent the ink from staining the heat platen (top part of machine). It helps to eliminate the scorching on products, keep transfers from sticking to the upper heated platen.

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Paula says

I have a tshirt press similiar to the one that you use,But I am a small person and it is hard for me to press it down hard enough for it to work properly. Is there one that is simpiler to use?Or would the ones that operate by an air machine be a better solution?

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    Cartess Ross says

    Sounds like there may be too much pressure — at the top of your machine there should be a knob or something there. Turn it counter-clockwise to decrease the pressure. Don’t do it too much, just do it a little each time and try to see if you can close the machine at that point.

    The air machine will automatically close down onto the tees/transfers if this is an issue for you… Plus, it’s great to have if you’re cranking out a bunch of tees. The machine does all the heavy work.

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Cartess Ross says

Some of the tranfer companies will allow you to send them artwork that you drew out — obviously they’ll charge you to convert it and put onto transfer. A lot of these companies have graphic artists on staff and they’ll charge you design fees to draw them out for you if all you wanted to do was have them draw it out based on feedback you provide to them.

You can put a design on the front and back of the tee — no problem with that. If there is already a design on the tee, you’ll have to be careful how you apply a transfer design onto the tee. You’ll need to cover the design with a teflon sheet to keep it from adhering/sticking to the heated platen (upper part of machine that gets hot).

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Cartess Ross says

Empty space will NOT show on the t-shirt — think of it as wax/baking paper. The design itself is the ONLY thing that comes off the paper/sheet. I’d encourage you to order a sample pack where we’ll send you a t-shirt with a design on it, along with the transfer itself so u can see it for yourself. We ship to Jamaica.

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Djbigshot1 says

There is a gecko 16x 20 press in my area on crags list, whats your opinion on that brand of machine their asking 175 should i go for it? look forward to your responses thanks

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    Cartess Ross says

    At $175 you can’t lose… Great machine to get started with and should last you 1-2 years. And at $175 — I’d be speeding through highway traffic to get it!

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    Cartess Ross says

    Also — make an offer at $125 (he might take it — or they’ll counter at $150), either way, it’s still a GREAT deal.

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Cartess Ross says

Yes you can.

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Cartess Ross says

I’m not sure if you can find a heatpress for that amount. However, it’s not possible. You may try looking on ebay or craig’s list in or surrounding cities where you live.

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Cartess Ross says

Yes, definitely. There are also several companies based in the UK. We have a source list available for purchase.

http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Thuratun Fff says

I really like what u saying and videos ,really amazing and I want to get course but I have a lot of difficulty being a foreigner ,yes I am from Myanmar..
What can i do..?

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    Cartess Ross says

    I don’t know what to tell ya… I only speak English 🙂

    Much of the course consist of video (me talking/teaching) — just like on YouTube. You should be able to follow along.

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Ganmol12 says

I want to by used T-Shirt Heat Press is anyone who is giving it? Please type your phone no. 

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Cartess Ross says

It’s the same machine. You’ll be fine.

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janicepitt says

how much r the mechines new

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    Cartess Ross says

    Hi Janice,

    The machines range from any where to $250-$1550. We have recently partnered up with Hotronix to bring you all a line of high quality heat press machines that’ll do everything from tees, aprons, hats and more… I got one page up and will be adding their complete line to the site soon, check out what’s up now: http://www.tshirtriches.com/the-maxx-clam-heat-press/

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Cartess Ross says

 Hi Erica,

We have a source list that is available for purchase. The source list provides the names, and information of various vendors to purchase transfers and tshirts at wholesale cost. I have provided a link below. If you would, please click the link and scroll towards the last video.

http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Cartess Ross says

You may use any type of heat press. It doesn’t matter; the transfers and heatpress works the same regardless of the brand.

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Cartess Ross says

The paper is a special release paper that the designs are screen printed on. We do not print our own designs. We do not recommend printing the designs from a printer. The designs are sent off to a transfer company. It’s the same method as screen printing onto shirts. Instead, the designs are screen printing onto the release paper providing the same quality as screen printing onto the shirts.
We do have a source list available to purchase the list that include various vendors to purchase the transfers, tshirts at wholesale cost and to have custom designs made.
To purchase the source list please click the link below. http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

Please watch the video below to have more questions answered you may have.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/video-more-faqs-about-starting-a-t-shirt-business-with-a-heat-transfer-press-machine/

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Cartess Ross says

They could but it’s best to have the design created in photoshop or a design type software to send to the companies in the proper format. You’ll need to contact a company directly to see what they recommend. However, if they have to do all that for you. Tt will be similar to designing the design for you and it will cost a lot more. If you have the ability to draw and not familiar with any of the software like photoshop, abode illustrator, etc. You should consider paying a graphic artist to do it for you.

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Cartess Ross says

They are both the same machine.

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Cartess Ross says

It sounds like you are trying to print your own designs. We actually have our designs screen printed onto the release paper.

However,
We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Jr Witherow says

thank you!!!!! very help full

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Cartess Ross says

We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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G.k. David II says

I have a prob’ Cartess. My heat press is set at 350 degrees fahrenheit but when i used a jet pro ink jet transfer( light colors) to make my 1st shirt it came out horrible, and my design was peeling at th corners. I want to know what heat transfer i should use, w/ my home printer, to press onto shirts that will come out correct, and won’t peel ( I ordered the transfers from Coastal business supplies)

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    Cartess Ross says

    Hi G.K,
    This is one of the main reasons why we do not recommend using a printer to print out designs onto the transfers. The quality just absolutely sucks!
    The best way to correct this issue is to have the designs screen printed onto the special release paper that the transfer vendors offer.
    Otherwise, you will continue to have horrible results printing transfer from the printer.
    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.
    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Pena Rengie says

do u ship in phillipines

i like the machine and your style in printing T-shrt

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    Cartess Ross says

    I apologize…We do not. You may want to try looking on ebay to find sellers who do.

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Kingpark87 says

Where can I find that paper you used in the video?

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    Cartess Ross says

    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Cartess Ross says

4 inches is a little too much. You typically want it about the height of a business or credit card from the bottom seam on the neckline.

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Athleticsnation81 says

I have lots of questions alslmost not sure where to start. What other mandatory equipment is needed other then heat press to actually be able to start printing shirts.
Heat press, shirts, and paper? Printer? PhotoShop? Ink?. Also what are the best and worst color shirts to start with?

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    Cartess Ross says

    To get going you’ll need…
    – heat press
    – blank t-shirts
    – your finished designs (which is then put onto the transfer by a company that specializes in this process).

    Regarding your designs — if you aren’t familiar with using graphic design software, you can get someone to create your design ideas for you for fairly cheap. I don’t recommend u learning how to use the graphic design software — it’s complex and there are others who’ll do far better work on your behalf (we talk about this more on our site and in our course).

    That’s pretty much it as it relates to printing an actual shirts…

    Signup for our free modules for more details at:
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/launch-your-t-shirt-company/

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      Athleticsnation81 says

      Appreciate it. I will be purchasing one over weekend. Just debating on spending $1290 on a refurbished 16×20 from hotronix or 599 on a different brand 16×20 off Amazon to start off.

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        Cartess Ross says

        $1290 refurbished??? That would be a new price… If you’re trying to bootstrap and cash is tight, go cheaper… If money isn’t to much of an issue, go Hotronix… We have new ones on our site, the MAXX brand by Hotronix.

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Cartess Ross says

It’s really dependent on the quantity you order and the number of colors in your design. For example, a 1-color design could cost you $1.45 each when you purchase 50 pieces ($72.50), but you could get them for .55 cents each when u purchase 500 sheets ($275). For essentially $200 more, you could have 10 times more transfers…

Each transfer company is different… Some charge more or less.

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Ajncvb says

do you know anything about using Armur ink bulk system for tshirts?

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Cartess Ross says

In my opinion, it’s better because of the following reasons…

1) No big learning curve — with screen printing, there is a huge learning curve if you want to get started with that method.

2) You don’t need a lot of space — with screen printing, you’ll need lots of room (typically commercial space)

3) Cheaper to get started — there is so much equipment you need to buy and it’s expensive if you want to go the screen printing route. You’ll need to buy ovens, inks, all types of toxic chemicals, screens, and tons more stuff that will add up very quickly — I haven’t even scratched the surface.

4) Not messy — clean up is quick and you’re not dealing with messy inks — on your clothes, hands, face, walls, floors, etc… Not to mention all the fumes you’re inhaling all day.

5) Printing tees is much quicker with a heat press — let the screen printers make your designs and put onto transfers and all you have is 10 seconds tied up into making a t-shirt — and when u purchase in a decent quantity — you’re transfers are much cheaper than what a screen printer could charge you.

I could go on and on — I’d encourage you to walk into a screen printing shop and see for yourself all of the equipment that’s required and just sit and watch how long of a process it is to get a design put onto a screen and just watch the process.

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Andrea says

Hi Cartness, you can ship your machines in Italy? if yes, how is the payment method?

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Jboogeye says

What are some things I should look for when buying a used heat press?

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    Cartess Ross says

    For starters, you would want to make sure the machine turns on and gets hot. You’ll probably want to take along a shirt and transfer to test out on the machine before handing over your money.

    You should probably ask the seller to turn the machine on 30 minutes prior to you arriving. The reason is: the machine should be turned on 30 minutes to pressing shirts. So when you arrive to purchase the machine you are not waiting there 30 minutes for the machine to heat up all the way. Please make sure you have the machine on the correct temperature according to the instructions that came with the designs.

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Jesseduering says

Hi Cartess, 

Do I need a special paper for the Plastisol printing?  Also, where do I get the best paper for this and what do I look for?  I would like to start up this month but just need to know about a printer and paper. 

Thank you so much.

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Cartess Ross says

HT-600 by HIX Corporation

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Pwaper says

Hello,

  Do you ship to Balkan countrys (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)?
Any of these? Or which is nearest county to Balkan were you ship? 

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Luseane Lavaka says

how about if i get a machine not the kind above, is there any different? nyways thanks for all your helps

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    Cartess Ross says

    Doesn’t have to be like the kinds we have here… As long as it works and presses, you’ll be fine.

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rainbow says

Mr. Carter Ross, Ive watched your videos and i find it was really great idea.. Im presently a business student and having my feasibility study, Ive chose to study this shirt printing and i was wondering how to get modules? do i really have to buy those? because i was planning to have this kind of business when I graduated..

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    Cartess Ross says

    There’s lots of free info throughout the site… The modules have a lot more detailed information inside and more step-by-step. You don’t have to buy it, but many of the people that have will tell you that it got them going much faster: http://www.tshirtriches.com/training

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luseane says

Hello Cartess i have a question i bought a heat press machine n order some transfer paper some for light n some for dark i try the one for dark color n follow the instruction for 25 sec but not work the design doesnt go to the tshirt i dont know what the problems pls help me thank you

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    Cartess Ross says

    Make sure your heat press is on the right temp and that it was on long enough to heat up properly… Also, try increasing the pressure on your machine — those would be the only 2 things to check right off…

    25 seconds seem like a long time — double check.

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Cartess Ross says

I’ve never used that brand, but if you’re getting a good deal, give it a shot… There’s no rule that says you have to purchase an expensive machine. Start where you can and upgrade as your biz grows.

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Cartess Ross says

If money is no issue, I’d highly recommend the Hotronix brand. They are GREAT machines and they have very strong/solid warranties.

Hotronix also make a cheaper press called The MAXX, which is awesome. You can see it here:
http://www.tshirtriches.com/the-maxx-clam-heat-press/

Their auto open clam heat press is a great option as well… I’d recommend this if money is not too much of an issue. I have a video showing it in action on the following page:

http://www.tshirtriches.com/hotronix-auto-open-clam-heat-press/

If you’re just getting started and money is an issue, you can get a cheaper machine on eBay. The Gecko brand is a decent machine to start out with if funds are tight. It’ll get you going. You can always upgrade as your biz make money.

Use the savings to get your designs/transfers made so you can start selling and making money.

Another option is to buy used from sites like Craigslist.com — I come across great deals on a regular basis. Even if that means jumping in the car and driving 3 hours to the next town over to get a bargain.

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Cartess Ross says

Hi Hassan,
The paper is release paper. Which is a special transfer paper that can not be purchased at any stores. We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Cartess Ross says

The transfer paper is a release paper that can not be purchased at any stores.
We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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sherwin says

what time of transfer paper you are using for a dark color fabric and what time of ink? thanks

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Sherwin Yarisantos says

what type of traansfer paper ang ink you are using on a dark color fabrics? thanks

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    Cartess Ross says

    Hi Sherwin,
    The same ink that used for the darker fabrics are also used on the lighter fabrics. It’s just a particular transfer that needs to be use for dark fabrics.

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Cartess Ross says

Hi Tay,

We recommend starting off with the 16×20. This will allow you to print larger items.

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Cartess Ross says

Hi Andre,
I apologize, we do not provide that service. However, we have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Cartess Ross says

Hi Kisha,

If you are using an iron to put the design on then that’s your issue. You need a heat press and the recommended size we suggest is the 16×20.

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Cartess Ross says

If you would, please click the link below and scroll down.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/inkjet-transfer-paper-part3/

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Cartess Ross says

Hi,
If you would, please click the link below to view the machines we have to give you an idea.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine/

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Cartess Ross says

Hi Rio,
I have included a link that includes the heat press machines we recommend.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine/

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jennie says

what kind of paper dd you use when u are transfering a design into the tshirt?

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Cartess Ross says

I would say it’s too small… At a minimum, I’d go with a 15×15

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Kyle says

Where can i get the release paper?

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    kimross says

    If you are interested in having your designs screen printed onto the release paper. Please click below and scroll down.
    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

    If you wish to purchase the transfer paper. Please click the link below and scroll down.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

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S. jones says

Hello thank you for helping ppl like me, my question is do you know anything about this heat press? Good or bad one?
http://www.proworldinc.com/discount-transfer-machine?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=T-Shirt_Presses&utm_campaign=US_-_Machines&gclid=CM_L_b304LICFUjhQgod6zsAXw
It’s pro world transpro reg price 299$ now selling for 99$ with deal. I just wanna stick my toe in the tshirt biz befor I spend an arm n leg thank you.

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    Cartess Ross says

    I think you’ll be fine… Especially if you’re just wanting to test the waters. A great way NOT to get into too much debt. Keep us posted on your success.

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K.C. says

where do you suggest to buy bigger sizes like 5x and 6x? and what would you say is the best t-shirt brand to buy from to put transfers on? i think most people don’t like their shirts too thin/light or too thinck/heavy… there are so many to choose from and i dont want to order a bulk shipment and be stuck…. thanks

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    kimross says

    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

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Ryan says

Thanks for providing all this information. It’s very helpful and I watched some of your youtube videos too. Great stuff!

I had one question, I noticed that for hats, a different type of heat press machine was needed. Can i use a t-shirt press on bags, or would I need a special type of machine? thank you.

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    Cartess Ross says

    Glad we could help. And yes, you can use the t-shirt press to print onto bags, aprons, hoodies, etc…

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dwight says

my question is I have my own designs for these tshirts and is there a website or software i can use for these designs.

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    kimross says

    Hi Dwight,
    We have a source list that is available for purchase. You may send your designs directly to them and they’ll screen print your designs onto the release paper.
    Please click the link below.
    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11

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vrdaroch says

Your help is encouraged me to make my own designs easily, but I have a quarry that,

Yesterday I saw a video on you tube where.2 proffesionals were using a machine, the machine was cutting there required design, they put that design on the t-shirt and put it in heat press,

The cutting machine which they were using, was cuttinf the same design which they have made in photoshop

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forbet says

hie

i need the heat press machine , the printer paper for the machine and any other material that i might need for this business.
how much will it cost me to get it down here in south africa and how long will it take to get here ?

thanks

forbetm@gmail.com
0027738067666

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    kimross says

    Hi Forbet,

    We have several heat press machines available on our website for purchase. Please click the link below. The machines you’ll see listed are the higher end machines and the machines we recommend. You may try looking on ebay or craigslist or similar used machines.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine/

    We also have the transfer paper available that you may print from your printer. The transfer paper we have are not the ones sold in stores. The transfer paper we have are much better and will last longer. Please click the link below.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

    I apologize, we only ship within the US and Canada.

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Erik nevers says

Hello,
Im very interseted in a machine that I canstart making t shirts with, my main question is, which machine would be best for a beginner and can you use the heat process on athletic gear such as under armour and nike pro combat workout gear???

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    Cartess Ross says

    Any machine is fine for starters… It’s really dependent on your budget and/or how much you wish to spend. I’m not familiar with the under armour or nike pro combat stuff you’re referencing. Heat pressing and transfers work GREAT on cotton and/or cotton/polyester blend.

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Johnny kelp says

Hi carted,
I was surfing on YouTube the other day to learn more about how heat press machines work. So, all of sudden I saw one of your videos talking about how heat pressing t- shirt could be a business. So, now I’m pretty interested on buying a heat press machine. But, since I don’t have a clue on what kind of heat press machine i should buy or what else is recommended to buy aside from the printer and special paper. I’m planning to waist less than 400 on a heat press machine. And recently I saw a heat press machine in Craigslist semi new for 300 16×24 “.Industrial quality heat print.” Im planning to buy a heat print machine then a ink jet printer , just for my designs. And if I like it I possible would like to have a little business. I’m going to school so money is a little tight, but I’m willing to invest a little money for designs, and maybe even a little clothing line…
Thanks for your help,
Sincerely Johnny

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    Cartess Ross says

    I’m so glad we could help… Please keep us posted on your progress and don’t hesitate to ask questions!

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demario says

Hi, i am thinking about purchasing a heat press machine very soon, but i plan on letting your company print my designs. but i may have 5 DIFFERENT designs on a few colors (red,black,gray,white).i will also be placing the designs on HOODIES. So what would be the Price for 5 different designs, and what tips would i need for heat pressing thick hoodies? WHAT DO I NEED TO PURCHASE AFTER I GET THE HEAT PRESS MACHINE, to print design?

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    kimross says

    Hi Demairo,

    I apologize, we do not offer printing services. We have two available options you can select from. You can either send your designs over to the transfers who can screen print the designs for you onto the release paper.he source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.
    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.

    http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

    Or, you may print the designs yourself from your own printer.
    We still strongly stand by having designs screen printed onto the release paper. Simply because it’s a much better quality and you’re not having to worry about the designs peeling or fading after a few washes.

    We have since looked to another alternative for those who are just now getting started, but can’t afford to have their designs screen printed. The transfers we are now offering for those individuals are much better than the ones that can be purchased in the stores.

    Any epson ink jet printer will work, but some are better than others. However, we recommend a particular ink to print the designs from your own printer. A interview on this topic is currently in the works. If you haven’t signed up to receive our emails, please do. Once the videos become available you’ll be notified.
    Again, once you have your business up and the business is paying for itself. We still recommend having the designs screen printed.

    Please click the link and scroll down to watch the videos and to purchase the transfers.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

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Jelisa Davis says

Are heating presses available in stores? If so, where? Can any used ones be sold in stores as well? I’m kind of skeptical of buying a heating press online. I want to make sure the quality of the product is good.

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    Cartess Ross says

    You won’t find these in stores — unless you live close to a reseller/distributor. Next best thing would be to look for machines on Craigslist.com — at least you can check them out that way.

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Miguel says

Hello I Recently Found A 16×16 Hotronix Auto Clam For $500 On Craigslist Do You Recommend Buying This Heat Press For Hoodies?

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tree says

Hi
I have a hp 3 in 1 printer and black.cat press. When i printed first shirt there was a white square that I didn’t want. I got transfers from Walmart. How could I get a more professional finish. What ink could o use and where do I get better transfer paper

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    kimross says

    Hi Tree,

    I apologize, but purchasing transfers from Walmart will not allow you a professional finish. Which explains why you notice the large white square on the shirt you didn’t want.
    We still strongly stand by having designs screen printed onto the release paper. Simply because it’s a much better quality and you’re not having to worry about the designs peeling or fading after a few washes.

    We have since looked to another alternative for those who are just now getting started, but can’t afford to have their designs screen printed. The transfers we are now offering for those individuals are much better than the ones that can be purchased in the stores.

    Any epson ink jet printer will work, but some are better than others. However, we recommend a particular ink to print the designs from your own printer. A interview on this topic is currently in the works. If you haven’t signed up to receive our emails, please do. Once the videos become available you’ll be notified.
    Again, once you have your business up and the business is paying for itself. We still recommend having the designs screen printed.

    Please click the link and scroll down to watch the videos and to purchase the transfers.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

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KoRussia McCaleb says

I have a question. What type of printer do you suggest to use when printing on transfers?

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    kimross says

    Hi KoRussia,

    Any epson ink jet printer will work, but some are better than others. However, we recommend a particular ink to print the designs from your own printer. A interview on this topic is currently in the works. If you haven’t signed up to receive our emails, please do. Once the videos become available you’ll be notified.

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LB says

I really enjoyed watching your videos, very clear cut and directive. Are there any other possibly more reliable sources for purchase of the machine other then Craigslist.?

Thank you
LB

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    Cartess Ross says

    Glad we could help… Unfortunately, these aren’t sold in the typical store. You’ll most likely have to order one from a distributor online.

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Myles says

What are the drawbacks of getting a 15×15 instead of a 16×20? Thanks!!!

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    kimross says

    Hi Myles,
    You’ll run into issues in trying to print on larger items. Smaller heat press machines makes it extremely difficult, which is why we recommend 16×20 machines are larger.

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Jo says

Hello

I was wondering to put your own design onto a t shirt, do you have to do it yourself, for example buy the heat press machine and all the other things needed, or can you just go to a company and they do the work (just so I would know that it was done properly) and I just pay them, is that possible?
By doing it that way will it become more expensive then if I was to buy all the equipment myself?
Thanks
By the way your website is really interesting. Thanks for helping me out.

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    Cartess Ross says

    hi Jo,

    If you’re wanting someone to do the work for you, it’ll probably be more cost effective for you to simply go the screen printing route… That way, you won’t have to get soooo involved in the process.

    The heat process route is a cheaper way to go since you’ll be able to produce a t-shirt from start to finish at a much cheaper rate. Yes, you’ll have to get all the equipment upfront, but it’s much cheaper than getting started in the screen printing process yourself — which can get extremely COSTLY. And the learning curve can be a nightmare.

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Lewis Beck says

Hi, Cartess.

I was really impressed by you and your YouTube video. I have for a long time been thinking of starting my own T-shrit business up here in Canada. I am disturbed and dismayed by the offensive, nihilistic messages I see on T-shirts people all to often sport these days and made up my mind to create my own line of inspiriational ones. I have, in fact, created my own using iron-on transfers you can buy at stationery stores but the press you demonstrate seems more efficient. So I’m going to follow up and check out your course and product offerings. Many thanks for putting it all out there!

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    Cartess Ross says

    Hey thanks for the kind words Lewis, they’re sincerely appreciated.

    The world certainly needs to see more positive messages out there and that’s a great niche to go into.

    Keep us posted as you progress in your new venture!

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Marcus Rodgers says

Hello Cartess,

I was wondering, I’ve been to ebay.com looking for a heat press and I’ve seen alot of sublimation heat presses for cheap. What exactly are sublimation heat presses and how do they differ from regular heat presses? Are they any better or are they worse? I just want to make sure I buy the right type of heat press. Thanks!

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    kimross says

    Hi Marcus,

    There’s no difference in the sublimation heat press compared to the standard heat press. Just keep in mind, sublimation is mainly for printing on non cotton items. As far as the heat press is concerned there’s no difference.

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adam says

I’m buying a 15×15; what paper do i need and what ink do i need? i have an hp officejet ink printer…

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Remmy says

Hello, do you make shipments to Africa?

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donte taylor says

i would like too know the different sizes of the machine like 9by 12 or 15 by 15 like what is the different when your making a shirt?because i would really like too start this business,i have alot of ppl wanting a shirt

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    Cartess Ross says

    Those sizes represent the part of the machine (the heated part of the press) that will come in contact with the t-shirt… Some transfers are larger and may not fit on a smaller machine (9×12). It’s better to go larger — which will still allow you to print smaller size transfer designs, but a smaller machine may not work out for you if you’re needing to print larger sized transfers.

    I wouldn’t go with anything smaller than a 15×15 — 16×20 is ideal but for ‘most’ people, a 15×15 is great to start with.

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Joe Murphy says

Im highly interested in a thread able press. the only one that Ive found at a reaonable price is the vesta. How do you feel about vesta products. vesta VP3804U

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    kimross says

    Hi Joe,
    I haven’t really formed any opinion on the Vesta machine. If you do research on reviews from other people you can not go wrong! Definitely, make Amazon your first place to look for the machine to read the reviews on it!

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Graham Taaffe says

Hi i want. Advice on how I set up a printing business and where I can buy a machine if u have any advice and help I would be grateful

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    kimross says

    Hi Graham,
    There’s tons of information listed right here on this site. I would highly encourage you to take as much time you need to spend on our site reading the information that’s already listed. Please be sure sign up for our FREE course and take advantage of the course we’ve created for those that are serious about getting starting with their own tshirt business. Everything you’ll need to know about starting your business is right on this site. Again, please take all the time you need to get yourself familiar with our website.

    If you live within the US, please click the link below to purchase one of the machines we recommend. These machines are top quality machines and machines we highly recommend.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine/

    If the machines listed in the link above are outside of your budget, you may try looking on ebay or Amazon for starter machines to get you started. Please know, you’ll find yourself replacing the starter (cheaper) machines before you know it. 🙂

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Ashley Hogan says

Do you have any Graphic Artist in mind to make up my drawings

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    kimross says

    Hi Ashely,
    I apologize, we no longer offer the design services. In our course we do give access and show you how to get designs created at a cheaper cost.

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carolyn says

What brand is the heat press in this video?

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    kimross says

    Hi Carolyn,
    The type of the heatpress machine used is the HT-600 (HIX).

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Carolyn Kinnison says

I am an artist dying to design my own t shirts with my own art/ drawings etc. I would love to know how to proceed. How do I get designs on a transfer? Ink jet printer ok? Or laser? Would any transfer paper work? I want the best for the cheapest, where and whats recommended.

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Sidney says

Hi, mr. Ross… Im really excited about getting started building my brand, and I was wondrering if we could stay in touch, I am an open book, Im a spunge, I want to learn any and everything about the garment printing industry…. within the next 90 days I will be ordering your course and puchasing my first heat press….

So please if you have any advice or feedback from me, Im all ears, and I would even like to ask you some questions if that is ok…

thanks bye now

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Earnest Matthews says

Hi i want. Advice on how I set up a printing business I’m 18 years old and trying to start a legit t-shirt business but my question is what if the customers want they face or something like that on the shirt where would i get the graphic from can they just give me a picture or something ?

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Charles Reynolds Jr. says

Do I need a printer for to make my t shirts to heat press the image on

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    kimross says

    Hi Charles,
    Yes, you’ll need a printer if you’ve decided to print the designs yourself from a printer. We used the Epson WF 7010 in the videos below. Please be sure to watch the videos! 🙂
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/high-heat-pigment-inks/
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

    If you decide to have your designs screen printed onto the special release paper. I printer will not be needed.
    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

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Thaelis says

Hi do you use a regular printer to print the images?

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yuvraj says

I am in the initial stage of starting my t shirt business. In my first order, I got screen printing done on my t shirts. I am thinking of buying a heat press and doing it on my own reducing the cost but I’m not too sure of the quality of print it would give, I don’t want a very heavy and thick print on my t shirts. How different is it from screen printing in terms of quality and cost.

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    Cartess Ross says

    There are a variety of companies that make these transfers… Like many screen printers, each one is different and each have their own style. You’ll have to test which company is best for you. We sell a list of companies that do this process if you’re interested: http://www.tshirtriches.com/tee-pack/

    Contact each of them about sending you some samples. I wish there was an easier answer — but the quality of these types of transfers are superb. If you order the sample t-shirt pack, we’ll include an actual t-shirt with a screen printed transfer on it.

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KP says

I would like to ask you that what temperature range machine do i need to buy for t-shirt ?
because on your video setting temp is like more than 400 F, while hotronix only provide range
200 F – 400 F….

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    Cartess Ross says

    Most will require heat up to about 385 degrees. You shouldn’t need anything over 400 for heat transfers.

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Melissa says

Hey, Cartess! Thanks for the video and starter info. Just want to say it’s nice to have “regular folks” out there with positive advice. Very helpful stuff. Take care, Mel

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    kimross says

    Hi Melissa,
    We thank you so much for taking the time to left a post. 🙂

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yoyo says

I’m thinking about starting my customized t-shirt business in a mall (on the cart), A lot of people are already doing that! I The only thing holding me back now is the kind of software I need to get! I HAVE NO IDEA! I know I need two softwares, one for lettering, the other one for graphic! Can you please give some recommendation on softwares I can get to make customized t-shirt with!!!

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    kimross says

    Hi Yoyo,

    If you’re asking which software to use to create designs. I highly suggest you hire a graphic artist to create the designs for you. Honestly, it will be a very wise decision to hire a graphic artist. It will save you a lot of time and money. The programs used are the adobe programs like photoshop, illustrator just to name a few. These programs are extremely complicated to the average person and takes years to have the ability to create designs that people will actually what to buy from you. Having the knowledge on how to use these programs is essentially like having another skill set within itself.

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MULENGA says

Call me we talk more about the Heat press machine. I f you convince me, i will buy there and then. i am in need of it.
Catch me on +260 966 832003

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    kimross says

    Hi Mulenga,
    I apologize, but we’re not in the business of trying to convince others to make the decision on whether or not to start their own business. Our main goal is to help others start their own business, present you with the information you need, and allow you to make the decision for yourself.

    Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

    Also, I noticed your email address has UK. We only ship the heat press machines within the US.

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todd says

Have you heard anything about a hix20e swingaway heat press

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    kimross says

    Hi Todd,

    Read the reviews to see what others are saying. I would suggest you base your purchase on the reviews. 🙂

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cassy love says

I needto know what to set my machine at temp??
and how long to set timer??

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    kimross says

    Hi Cassy,

    The temperature will depend on the design. However, we recommend at least 385 and 9 seconds.

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patil abhishek says

i m from india from where i can purchase this machine ………..guid me plz
i wanna start my own t-shirt printing business

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    kimross says

    Hi Patil,

    I apologize, we only ship the machines within the US. You may try looking online to find someone who ships to Inida. You may try Amazon, and Ebay.

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donte says

Im trying to start a tshirt business what type of machines should I buy and best brand? Im on a budget as well

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jimmy says

Hi like the video, im wanting to buy one of these things and was wondering what you think of these ones ?
http://compare.ebay.com/like/330529968812?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar
http://www.heatpressnation.com/illumapress-15-x-15-high-pressure-heat-press-machine-3802.html

Thanks!

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    kimross says

    Hi Jimmy,

    Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available and what we highly recommend. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.

    We also recommend that you purchase a machine that’s at least 16×20. Anything smaller than the 16×20 you’ll have issues printing on larger items.

    If the machine are outside of your budget try looking on Amazon, Ebay, or Craigslist.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

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Elizabeth Sylvince says

Hi Cartess,

I need your help. I want you get these shirts out to the public. Many who have seen my design keep asking me where they can buy them. I have tons of designs, but no website. I found a company to print and dropship for me, since I’m on a tight budget and can’t get a heatpress machine right now. His can I create a page or something where I can showcase my new designs and have people order and make payment?

My goal is to sell my first shirt this month. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Elizabeth, from Brooklyn

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BHUVNESH KUMAR VISHVKARMA says

Hi Cartess,

I want to establish my own business in t-shirt printing . tell me about t-shirt printing machine & its heat transfer paper. what will be cost of machine .
I hope that I will find your valuable feedback.

thank for your assist.
bhuvnesh kumar,

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sabrina says

Want to buy a machine from you to get started. Let me know the cost.

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    Kimberly Ross says

    Hi Sabrina,

    We only sell machines within the US. Please click the link below for more information.

    Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available and what we highly recommend. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.

    We also recommend that you purchase a machine that’s at least 16×20. Anything smaller than the 16×20 you’ll have issues printing on larger items.

    If the machine are outside of your budget try looking on Amazon, Ebay, or Craigslist.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

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Cheri L. Lee says

Cartess,

I am in the process of writing a grant for high school students to create a mock T-shirt business. They will actually make the T-shirts and donate them to various non-profit groups in the city. They will learn principles of business for high school credit. I am really green when it comes to what we should purchase for this “business”. The grant cannot be less than $10,000.00. I would like to purchase enough equipment, software and supplies for this to be sustainable project. Can you please direct me to where I can purchase press machines, software, bulk transfers and t-shirts so that I can prepare the budget for the grant.

Thanks
Cheri

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    Kimberly Ross says

    HI Cheri,

    The information I have available will get you going in the right direction.

    We have information available on our website that will assist you in starting your own business. Yes, we do have a course that is available that will definitely get you on your way and will provide you with all the tools you’ll need to get started.

    http://tshirtriches.com/training

    Please click out our other program
    http://tshirtriches.com/proteges

    Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available and what we highly recommend. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.

    We also recommend that you purchase a machine that’s at least 16×20. Anything smaller than the 16×20 you’ll have issues printing on larger items.

    If the machine are outside of your budget try looking on Amazon, Ebay, or Craigslist.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

    If you find machines that are none other than the machines we recommend. Please do your research on the machine by reading reviews by individuals that have purchased the machine you’ve found that’s within your budget.

    If you wish to have designs screen printed…Please click the link below.

    However, we highly recommend screen printed transfers. Printing from a printer will not provide you the same results as screen printed designs and will not last as longer. The transfers we have are better than the transfer paper sold in stores. Again, this method can not replace or compare to screen printed transfers.

    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors as well as vendors to purchase blank shirts.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

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Lee says

…Is there a difference between a heat press and a sublimation heat press and if so what is the difference…

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Brandee Wafer says

Hi,
Do you all still sell the Gecko Heat Press? If so, what are your prices?
Brandee

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John says

Hello, Can someone tell me how copyright works? Like if I wanted to do NFL team shirts, or custom designs of a NFL team?
Thanks, John

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    Kimberly Ross says

    Hi John,

    That’s more of a process you’ll have to deal directly with the teams. We knew someone personally that was trying to something similar. As far as copyright/trademark I would recommend consulting with a copyright/trademark attorney.

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Viviane Melo says

Hello,

I tried opening a tshirt business but had little luck. Maybe this time you can help me? I bought a cheap clamshell heat press machine and would get the ready-made transfers from a distributor. I didn’t like the way the transfers came out and overtime I got frustrated and stopped doing those. I want to get back in business and want to get a better machine, and I want to know if I can design my own graphics, or if I can get a company to design it for me based on my ideas. I think that a lot of times people have the same designs and it’s tough to beat the competition but I have lots of ideas for tshirt sayings and don’t know how to design them. Can you assist me? I would definitely appreciate any help you can give me. God bless.

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    Kimberly Ross says

    HI Viviane,

    There’s so much that goes into building a business. Most believe once they have all they need as far as equipment is concerned, they’ll begin to make all this money. There’s so much more than just purchasing equipment.

    We have created a training course that will walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. There’s no reason in trying to figure all this out on your own, cut your learning curb in half! We’ve done all the hard work for you. All you have to do is take advantage of the blueprint we’ll provide, learn the material and apply it towards your business. This isn’t an easy task, this isn’t some get rich quick scam and it will require a lot of hard work if you expect to receive any type of results. Honestly, your results depend on you.

    Please click the link to check out the program we have created along with the pricing information.
    http://tshirtriches.com/protege300

    http://tshirtriches.com/training

    We recommend screen printed transfers. We do not recommend printing from a printer just for the sake of quality. You want to be in business selling products that will allow people to buy from you over and over again; as well as refer others to you. Sadly, printing from a printer will not allow you to do so.

    Once you have your designs created; you can send the digital files of the designs to transfer companies. They can take your design and screen printed directly onto the special release paper. There are no printers involved in this process. All the designs are printed by screen printing equipment. Once the designs have been screen printed onto the special release paper instead of directly on shirts. They’ll send you the transfers; which you’ll press directly onto the shirts using the heat press machine you’ve purchased.

    The cost of having designs printed will vary; it depends on the amount of colors you have in the design. The more colors you have in the design the more it will cost. If you’re starting with a limited budget; we recommend no more than 2 colors.
    Another fact in cost of getting the designs screen printed will be determined by the amount of transfers you have printed. The less you have printed the more you’ll pay. The more you have printed the cost to have the transfers printed, cost drops.

    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors as well as vendors to purchase blank shirts.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

    Or you can locate a local screen printer in your area to screen printed directly onto blank shirts you supply the screen printer to print on. It’s actually cheaper to purchase your own shirts and give to the screen printer. The price once again will be determined by the amount of colors in the design and how many shirts you have printed. You’ll need to locate a local screen printer in your area to determine prices.

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stacee says

Hi, how would I get the images to print on the paper from? Do I use a printer to print the image out and onto to transfer paper?

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    Kimberly Ross says

    We recommend screen printed transfers. We do not recommend printing from a printer just for the sake of quality. You want to be in business selling products that will allow people to buy from you over and over again; as well as refer others to you. Sadly, printing from a printer will not allow you to do so.

    Once you have your designs created; you can send the digital files of the designs to transfer companies. They can take your design and screen printed directly onto the special release paper. There are no printers involved in this process. All the designs are printed by screen printing equipment. Once the designs have been screen printed onto the special release paper instead of directly on shirts. They’ll send you the transfers; which you’ll press directly onto the shirts using the heat press machine you’ve purchased.

    The cost of having designs printed will vary; it depends on the amount of colors you have in the design. The more colors you have in the design the more it will cost. If you’re starting with a limited budget; we recommend no more than 2 colors.
    Another fact in cost of getting the designs screen printed will be determined by the amount of transfers you have printed. The less you have printed the more you’ll pay. The more you have printed the cost to have the transfers printed, cost drops.

    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors as well as vendors to purchase blank shirts.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

    Or you can locate a local screen printer in your area to screen printed directly onto blank shirts you supply the screen printer to print on. It’s actually cheaper to purchase your own shirts and give to the screen printer. The price once again will be determined by the amount of colors in the design and how many shirts you have printed. You’ll need to locate a local screen printer in your area to determine prices.

    We have created a training course that will walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. There’s no reason in trying to figure all this out on your own, cut your learning curb in half! We’ve done all the hard work for you. All you have to do is take advantage of the blueprint we’ll provide, learn the material and apply it towards your business. This isn’t an easy task, this isn’t some get rich quick scam and it will require a lot of hard work if you expect to receive any type of results. Honestly, your results depend on you.

    Please click the link to check out the program we have created along with the pricing information.
    http://tshirtriches.com/protege300

    http://tshirtriches.com/training

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