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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donte taylor Reply

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

    Cartess Ross Reply

    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.

Joe Murphy Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    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!

Graham Taaffe Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    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. :)

Ashley Hogan Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    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.

carolyn Reply

What brand is the heat press in this video?

Carolyn Kinnison Reply

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.

Sidney Reply

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

Earnest Matthews Reply

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 ?

Charles Reynolds Jr. Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    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/

Thaelis Reply

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

yuvraj Reply

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.

    Cartess Ross Reply

    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.

KP Reply

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….

    Cartess Ross Reply

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

Melissa Reply

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

yoyo Reply

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!!!

    kimross Reply

    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.

MULENGA Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    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.

todd Reply

Have you heard anything about a hix20e swingaway heat press

    kimross Reply

    Hi Todd,

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

cassy love Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    Hi Cassy,

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

patil abhishek Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    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.

donte Reply

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

    kimross Reply

    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/

Elizabeth Sylvince Reply

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

BHUVNESH KUMAR VISHVKARMA Reply

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,

sabrina Reply

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

    Kimberly Ross Reply

    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/

Cheri L. Lee Reply

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

    Kimberly Ross Reply

    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/

Lee Reply

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

Brandee Wafer Reply

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

John Reply

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

    Kimberly Ross Reply

    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.

Viviane Melo Reply

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.

    Kimberly Ross Reply

    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.

stacee Reply

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?

    Kimberly Ross Reply

    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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