Tim Lands a $1,439 T-shirt Order and Prints the T-shirts at Home From His Printer 

By  Cartess Ross

Tim Lands a $1,439 T-shirt Order and Prints the T-shirts at Home From His Printer


Tim is making big money in the t-shirt business... Recently, a national retail chain asked to place his tees in a few of their stores in Denver and Colorado Springs and if they do well there, they want to try some in Texas and a few other places.

Tim prints his own tees from home using a printer… Now no one has an excuse about why they can’t get started in the biz… Tim proves that national retail chains will place your tees in their stores if you have what they want.

Tim has been a longtime follower of TshirtRiches and he submitted the following step-by-step process outlining how he made his tees at home (photos included) — he landed a big order from a fire department that needs tees ASAP!!!

The city forgot to order shirts for a firefighters convention to be held here this weekend (back in June).  The marketing department remembered that I can do shirts overnight if needed.  I received an order for 139 shirts yesterday,  and I received the graphics last night at 9 PM.  

I ordered the shirts yesterday at 4PM (Gildan, ash color, they will be here today) and have been printing the transfers since last night.  The front is a pocket logo and the back is a full 11 x 15 sized graphic.  

They need them by Thursday evening.  I told them no problem.  I could never do this if I only relied on custom transfers I had to order.

Finished the shirts this AM and delivered them. Billed $1439.50 for 139 shirts. (I lost a few in production-bad pressing. I always figure a 1-2% loss).

There were 6 different types of shirts ordered: Gildan Ultra, Ash/Gidan Sport Gray Sleeveless/Gildan Youth/Anvil Ladies Tank Top, Ash. I don’t recommend the Sport Gray as they are too dark and I had to adjust the colors in the file they sent me. Yellow will not show up. I also do not recommend any ribbed shirts as it will not transfer right.

The printers I use are the Epson WF1100. It’s a wide format and will print up to 13″ wide. It is the one that is highly recommended for this type of printing as there are many companies that sell the refillable inks for this printer. I have another WF1100 I use for sublimation printing. If one breaks down, I can switch inks and continue printing.

I use a no-name press I got off Ebay for about $350.00. It has served me well and I don’t know if I’ll every buy a real expensive one. Don’t know if it is needed. I started out small, with minimal expense and have grown from there just as you advertise everyone can do.

Expenses were as follows:

  • Shirts-$387.93 (free freight)
  • Transfers– I use red grid. I has vivid colors and transfers nice in a hot peel. If you have trouble with the transfer not completely transferring, you can cold peel and it will completely transfer. I buy the 11 x 17 in quantities of 500 and that comes to about .80 ea for a total of $128.00
  • Ink-I use a high heat pigmented ink I purchase in 120-240 ml bottles and use refillable cartridges. DO NOT use the pigmented ink that comes with the printer or you can purchase that is not high-heat. This ink will transfer great and look good, but will split and look bad after a wash or two. I learned this the hard way and cost me quite a bit when I had to redo all the shirts. The ink probably cost me $10-15.00.

Profit was about $913.00 for a day and a half work. The hardest part is the trimming of the printouts. We try to cut as much waste off as we can to make the best looking shirt, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.
It took about 9 hours of continuous printing just for the back transfers and about 1.5 hours for the front after I ganged them.

I included a pic of the Care Instructions I put on all the shirts that are ordered.

For my own line of shirts I have a drop tag that includes the care instructions.

There is a lot of info to share on this type of business and on business itself, as you know. I probably had a leg up as I have had a few successful businesses in the past. I am also a retired Detective Sergeant from Massachusetts and just wanted a part-time business to keep me busy. We go to Corpus Christi, Texas for the winter for 6 months and I take my presses and some shirts with me as I get orders over the internet and phone and just ship them out.

Need help launching your own t-shirt business … click here!

Cartess Ross

I will guide you through this process and provide you with proven strategies to help you build a t-shirt company. As one of the original pioneers to start selling t-shirts online 20 years ago, I've sold millions of dollars in t shirts to people all over the world. I founded TshirtRiches in 2007 to teach others how to turn their t-shirt ideas into a business. So if you're ready, hop onboard and let's make this money!

Cartess Ross

  • That was great to hear about and what I need to keep me moving in my direction to get into this business. I too want to be able to move my business to the warnmer climate when it gets cold here in Ohio. Thanks Cartess for these emails…

      • Rita Nealy says:

        I just wanted to share how networking can be good for your business. I meet a couple that also was in the tee shirt business and over time we shared vendor information with each other. There was a neighborhood in Portsmouth, Virginia that had a grandmother that everyone called Big Moma. Big Moma died and my couple friend was asked to do some tee shirts in honor of her. They could not do the job and referred Big Moma’s grandson to me. I did 150 tees for the community from onezes to 2XX. It was a wonderful to sight to go to the memorial which was a community cook out and see all of my tee shirt walking around in the community. There was two lessons learned with this one transaction. One lesson was never be afraid to network with those that do the same business even though you are in the same geographical area. The other lesson if you are invited to the event make extra tee shirts to take with you. I didn ‘t that but gave out business cards, but I am sure I would have able to sell alot more if I had them on hand. Thanks for always sharing with us.

        • Great advice Rita and thanks for sharing… Sounds like you’re on your way 🙂

          150 tees is a big order — Congrats!


  • LyNTurcios says:

    Hello and Congratulations:

    I’m curious.
    How did you get the white part of the Transfer paper off from in-between the 2 axes, the bottom of the shield & top of the letters? Did it come off when you put it under the heat press or with some other machine? or you had to cut it out manually?


    • The white part doesn’t have to be cut out all the way. It leaves a clear film that eventually washes out, but the shirt always looks better if you trim as much as you can without wasting too much time. I usually only trim the outer parts and leave anything that is in the design.

  • I had and epson inkjet printer with the refill inks. Don’t remember the heat press, but was digital. I printed some shirts for my shop in 2009 and they still look good after so many washings. I stop using it because it was taking so much ink to print . I could maybe do prints for 15 shirts and it would need a refill. But it worked well. Not too cost effective. For me i think i will try your course and try to find some vendors that will take my art and put on a tranfer for me to heat press. Saving time ,supplies and money..

    • I imagine a lot has changed since 2009 — although it wasn’t that long ago, the technology around this stuff changes sooo much… Perhaps Tim will chime in with some tips.

      • Much has changed!! The inks I purchase are about $23 for a 120ml bottle. Four colors are less than $100 bucks and I can probably print close to a thousand shirts with that ink. Buy the cartridges that are refillable with a hypo and that should come supplied with the inks. I figure a shirt costs less than .10 in ink and I don’t even figure it into my costs. And make sure you purchase high heat inks!!!

  • Very inspirational story. Just when I thought I was ready for a large order, this story showed me I wasn’t even close to handling an overnight order. The fact that Tim was prepared for anything tells me I need to step up my game. I have had several new customers in the last 6 months, but still waiting for something like this to happen to me. By reading this I learned I need to be marketing more and getting my name out more, increase my inventory on transfers, and learn to work with very little sleep. Tim was ready for anything that came his way on a moments notice. And it sure paid off. And by being backed by Cartess Ross I know he got the best training in the business. You both ROCK!!!

    • Hi Steven… Your response reminds me of a quote by Earl Nightingale. He broke down the definition of ‘luck’. Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity. As you stated, when the opportunity came along for a rush order, Tim was ready and prepared for it.

      I’ve had what some would call lucky breaks — but on some occasions, I wasn’t ready and lost the many opportunities that came my way.

      So Steven, get ready… Your lucky day is coming too. Just be ready 🙂

  • Great Post!! Always nice to hear from others and their t-shirt businesses. Hope there are more like this to come!

    • It’s definitely inspiring… I hope to get more. So if any of you have had some successes, please e-mail me your story. I’m more than glad to post it up.

  • Good afternoon I am looking to strait my own t shirt busieness asap

  • I was reading up on the Epson wf1100 printer reviews and the reviews aren’t positive; so can someone tell me the best printer to invest in so I can get my t- shirt business started. I’m also wondering why did Tim decided to paper cut the transfers, but congradulations Tim your story is very motivating and inspiring for me to move forward, and Mr. Ross I’ll be investing in your training kit soon 🙂 God Bless you both

    • Hi Melinda,

      As the questions come in, I’ll save them and hope to score an interview with Tim so we can get some answers… Standby 🙂

      • The WF1100 has been discontinued. I still have two of them, and they have been good printers, but they are nearing the end of their life. I recently purchased the replacement printer for the WF1100, the WF 7510. It has been a very good printer. They are on sale right now from Epson for $199, which is a good buy. I always purchase the extra coverage and Epson has been very good about replacing a printer that goes bad,

        • Hey Tim,

          would you like to sell those old WF1100’s of yours cheap? 🙂 let me know: videovinnie @ gmail.com (remove the spaces)

          • James,

            The 1100’s are programmed to quit working after so many head cleanings. Besides that, if the heads go bad, it’s cheaper to buy a new 7010 than replace the heads. That’s when I throw them away. Do youreself a favor and buy the new 7010’s. They are cheaper, work very well and the new head cleaning lets you select the black or the colors to clean (saves you ink) where the 1100 didn’t. Hope this helps everyone!

        • Tim, thanks for being honest about the printers, but if you are going to throw them out anyway, then I would be glad to pay for shipping and take the chance…& of course at my own risk. Please contact me. videovinnieATgmail.com

        • Hi Tim,

          just wondering when you purchased the printer, do you need to get the refillable cartridges separately or its already inside the printer?

          • HI Mern,
            You’ll need to purchase the refill cartridges separately. Unfortunately, the refills does not come with the printer.

  • thanks for the imput right now i am trying to put together some money to buy a heat press because that’s very important also who made up his transfers or he print them up himself since that epson has a wide format those printer cost $300 and up i know i need at lease $1500 to get started but in the mean time i am looking out for deals on ebay and craigslist with god’s help i know i;ll start my business soon i pray every day for god’s help along with cartess training because i pbought his training course

    • Get the Epson WF 7010, its a wide format pigment inkjet printer and I got mine at staples the other day for $122

      • Hi Joe,
        I believe that’s the printer we have and it works great!

        • i have this printer as well, so can the high heat pigmented ink be purchased for this printer?

          • Yes… Interview will be out shortly — we ran behind due to upgrades/changes to the site that lasted much longer than anticipated. But I am pushing to have this information added by Monday/Tuesday.

  • What type of transfer paper did Tim use? Sounds like he got a gr8 deal on a quality paper.

  • You have just answered a question I had on my mind. I just made a few photo t-shirts last week for gifts. My wife washed them inside out to see how they would do. Well, the photo seemed to crack. I couldn’t figure out what went wrong. After reading this tutorial, I figured it out. I am using regular printer ink for my HP printer. Is it possible to get High Heat ink for A HP printer? If so, where do you purchase the ink? I was really discouraged, but now that I know why the prints cracked…..I feel better. Thanks for any and all info. Denny






    • Hi Carlos
      It really doesn’t matter where you live! The principles of selling and running any business applies around the world and regardless of the language barriers. All the information we have is available on our website. We also have free information that’s available that you can begin to apply towards your business today!

      Please sign up for our FREE course modules. There’s tons of information there!

      Unfortunately, we only ship within the US. You may have to pay more for shipping depending on the location of seller. Also, try looking on ebay to find sellers in your area.

  • What is better a laser jet printer or a inkjet printer and why???

    • Ask 20 people and you’ll get 20 different answers/reasons… I find that inkjet inks last longer and hold up better on the t-shirts, especially after many washes… But then again, when I did transfers from the printer, that was my experience from about 10-12 years ago. I imagine the technology has changed a lot since, but it’s a preference thing. As I mentioned, ask 20 people and you’ll get 20 different answers.

  • Hank Fritz (The Rainbow Patch) says:

    Hey everybody…..

    What a great thing to be a part of this group. I’ve had your course for some time and refer to it a lot. The article from Tim really jazzed me up. I emailed him and asked a few questions about his transfers and my Epson Stylus Photo R2000. I’m hoping that it will work but if not I’m prepared to get one that will. My primary business (run out of my home) is machine embroidery and I am adding heat press to the line up. Thanks Curtess for all your help, it’s been great!

    • Thank you, Hank! We appreciate your kind words and for taking the time to post!

  • What is better a laser jet printer or a inkjet printer and why???

    • Ask 20 people and you’ll get 20 different answers/reasons… I find that inkjet inks last longer and hold up better on the t-shirts, especially after many washes… But then again, when I did transfers from the printer, that was my experience from about 10-12 years ago. I imagine the technology has changed a lot since, but it’s a preference thing. As I mentioned, ask 20 people and you’ll get 20 different answers.

  • Joseph Ulugia says:

    That’s good to hear. So what website do u use 2 order da transfer paper?

  • Can the “pigmented INK-Refilliable Catridge”for the Espson Printer WF-7510 be purchased at a local office supply store?

      • Kim,
        Actually for this particular type of cartridge cannot be purchased at your local store. We will be posting places to buy them shortly.

        • Tim, Do they have ink refilliable cartdriges for all different brands of printers? Or just epson? Thanks, Denny

          • They have them for many different types of printers, but to use pigmented inks, you need certain printers. The information will be coming soon. I have written an article describing all this that Cartess will post shortly.
            Tak care,

        • Where is the best place to buy t-shirts Tim?

          • 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.
            Hi Michlee,
            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.

  • I notice that when some people make shirts using heat press machines their shirts come in a box shape. Why is that? & what can I do to prevent my shirts from coming out with that box shape?

    • Not sure I understand what your saying… Are u saying there is a square/rectangle imprint around where the heat press locked down on the shirt? If that’s the case, it’ll go away, likely by the time the customer receives the shirt in the mail. The pressure from the machine clamping down onto the shirt just leaves an imprint from the pressure. Has nothing to do with the transfer/ink. I hope that makes sense 🙂

      • By using a Teflon pillow under your shirts you can eliminate the “square” imprint a heat press can make. Hope this helps.

  • how soon can we expect an answer regarding the pigmented ink and refillable cartridges?

    • Very soon… I did an hour long interview with him today and got some GREAT stuff… He talks about that in detail on the phone. Should have up by tomorrow.

  • Hello Cartess;
    Another GREAT POST. Thank you and Tim for sharing. As many others are doing, I’m also one of your students with your ONLINE Course, it has been invaluable!!! I’ve learned so much from your site and training. My son and I have started a couple of design ideas for his group/band he plays for and he has a song that will be in an upcoming movie in the near future. We’ve begun preparing some t-shirts related to the song. We’re both very excited about the future potential. I have also begun a line of Christian T-shirts and have been getting great feedback every time I wear on in public. I’ve also started printing specialty designs for others. I took your advice and went on Craigslist and bought a great used HIX Heat Press for only a few hundred dollars. I orders some sample transfer papers from the list of companies you listed in your course and they sent them out immediately. Now watching your videos (OVER & OVER) has dramatically shortened my learning curve, as you clearly,”SHOW & TELL” everything. I’ll keep you posted on results. Again…thank you for everything you’re doing. Blessings and peace…

    • Thans for the kind words Glenn!

      Sounds like you and your son are off to a GREAT start. Please do keep us posted…

      I just checked out your website — you have an AWESOME voice.

      • Did I somehow miss the update on the pigmented printer ink? Or will it be printed on this page? I tried photo shirts with regular printer ink, and they all cracked after one washing. Sorry to be a pest. But I am extremely anxious to get started on the right path. I will most likely have to purchase a different printer. Thanks

        • Hi Denny,
          We have a video that will be available soon explaining the process of ink (how to do the proper way) and where to purchase the inks.

  • Very inspiring. Isn’t 949 dollars a big sum as a profit? How did you manage to grab such a huge profit.Thanks Cartess for posting such wonderful stuff online, inspiration is all the t-shirt selling guys need!!

  • Rohan,

    One of the advantages of one day or overnight printing is you can charge a premium for your services. Although I didn’t charge much of a premium because I want more of their business, what I did charge was reasonable. I had to print and press both sides of the shirts, and do everything quickly. What is your time worth? What is the customer willing to pay if you drop everything and do what they request? What would a screen printer charge for the same shirt and printing? Even though the profit was nice, the average charge was only $10.35 per shirt. They sold the shirts for about $18 ea and made a nice profit. Everyone was happy!
    You must know your market! Study it, know what other are charging, know what you can charge! If the city had not forgotten about the shirts and had ordered them from a screen printer, what do you think they would have charged? Four different colors on two sides. Probably more than I charged for last-minute production.
    Hope this helps you and good luck on your endevors!

  • Hey my name is ken Mr.Cartess I have purchased a heat press machine and done some transfers but i went through transfer Express they are pretty high. I wanted to ask Tim what are some good printers to buy and softwares to use because im not good in making designs on corel,adobe, or any software is there anyway i can talk to tim on phone?

    • Hi Tim,
      Using those type of programs can be complicated for someone with experience and more often for those with no experience. The next best thing to do is hire a graphic artist to create the designs for you. This will allow you to focus on your business and allow you put a system in place that will only allow you to grow as a business owner. Spending your time trying to learn complicated programs can be a waste of time, especially if you’re in the start up stages.

      Yes, Transfer Express is quite expensive. However, 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 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.

  • Cartess you have helped me alot just trying to learn some more ideas. I called a company and they say inkjet printers dont have transfer paper with no background. My question is what kinda printer u suggest and transfer paper because seem like im not talking to the right people is there anyway i can contact you and Tim?

    • Hi Ken,

      Pretty much any color ink jet printer will do, but some printers 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.

  • the only problem we found with Epsons wf1100 is that on the Epson website, they don’t carry it or make them any longer. we found another site that carries them but decided that if the maker didn’t make them any longer, then we didn’t wanna risk buyin that particular brand from anyone else in case of breakdown or parts needed etc.

    • Hi Tony,
      Pretty much…any color ink jet printer will do, 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 becomes available you’ll be notified.

  • Cartess/anyone,
    Where is a good place to get tee shirts in bulk for a good price and who are trustworthy in case u have to buy outta state???

    • Hi Tony,
      We have included companies to purchase shirts, bags, etc in our training course. Everything you’ll need to know will be in the course! 🙂
      Please click below to get started with the course today!

  • Than you so much for this post. I am in the process to start my own t-shirt business. I have the designs, I am working on the website, I just posted some pictures of my designs in my facebook page to see how my friends will react to the idea. Guess what? I just received an order from a church in my area for 60 t-shirts. I don’t know what to do since the transfers take too long to arrive, by watching that video, I decided to order the EPSON printer and some paper transfer, they should be here tomorrow. I am in business. I will be able to print all 60 t-shirts before my due date which is this coming Sunday. Thank you so much.

    • That is GREAT news… It’s amazing how just taking action can net you some business…. Keep at it. Send us photos of your first big 60 t-shirt order when you’re done!

  • Cartess, I have the same printer that you have. When i printed some test transfers from it, i noticed some vertical bars that show up. Di9d you have this issue? Has anyone with the Epson 7010 had this issue?

    • I haven’t had any issues with it… It was probably calibrating itself in an effort to get the print heads aligned.

      Print off a few sheets of regular paper and see if you have problems.

    • If you still have problems after printing a couple of sheets, go to the maintenance and do a print head cleaning. Do a print head check after each clean and if you don’t get a good check, keep doing a clean until you do. If you still have problems do an alignment check.

  • I may have missed this before, but I’m looking to do some printing for local gyms as well as shirts for my other business. There is a kit on ebay for around 500. I already own a few HP printers, can I turn these into a screen printer? If so where would I get refillable cartrages and then the high heat ink I hear about? Please help.

    • Hi Alex,
      Please know, printing from a printer will not be considered screen printing. However, we highly recommend and stand by having your designs screen printed on the release paper quality and long lasting results!

      Any epson ink jet printer will work, but some epson printers 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.


  • Hello,

    Quick questions on Tims story-

    1. what does he mean when he says ” ganged them up” on teh front logo
    2. When he refers to ” I go the graphics at 9pm” did he get it emailed and from there he just printed on heat transfer paper?
    3. Did he get the graphics from the “marketing fire department” that ordered the shirts and they told Tim, here is the graphics design and text/lettering we want?.. or did he get an idea of what they wanted and got some stock graphic designs from a vendor? did he have any input in designing the graphics?

    Sorry for all the questions- AMAZING story though! 🙂

    • Hi John!
      The term “gang” means to place more than one graphic on one print-out. The front graphic was fairly small, so I was able to “gang” several of them on one sheet as tight as I could to save $ on the special paper used.
      I received the graphics at 9 PM at night via email from the city’s marketing dept. They worked late that night designing the graphics and sent it to me as a PDF. From there I printed them out for hours.
      I had no input in the design, although I have had to do that before, too! There are a lot of graphics on the internet you can purchase for a reasonable fee. When you start designing the graphics for customers, make sure you charge for that also. Many designers charge $50/hour and up for such work. I usually charge about $45/hour. Make sure you let your customer know the design work is separate from the charges of the shirt. You want them to know exactly what the shirts cost them in case they start comparing costs from other companies for reorders.

  • Tim,
    thank you for your response, im clear now on what exactly you did-

    where do you get your red grid transfer paper and is it safe to use on dark t shirts as well?

    • John,
      There are several places to obtain the Red Grid. The new ebook has the places I get it from. You can only use the Red Grid on light-colored material, dark shirt use a whole different paper that has a two-step process.
      Hope this helps.

  • hey Tim, Mr. Ross

    my name is kyle and im a young entreprenuer and i just purchased a heat press off of amazon. i already have a huge large format printer that prints posters,banners,etc. but i was wondering if i there was transfer paper that came buy the roll? and if i could use my printer to print them off of there that way?

    thanks for your time

    • Kyle,
      Yes, there is transfer paper that comes in rolls as wide as 50″ wide and and long as 100′. What type of printer do you have? Remember, you have to use an Epson printer to use the high-heat pigmented inks. These have the piezo heads needed to print these inks. You won’t get quality shirt printing unless you use the right inks with the right paper.
      Good Luck with your business!

      • Tim,

        i have a canon ipf8300, is there a special ink i can buy for this printer?

        thanks kyle

        • Kyle,
          You can only use an Epson for the high-heat pigmented inks.

  • Hi I am from India

    thanks for posting such usefull informations.

    i would like to know whether it requires different set of transfer papers for cotton and non cotton t shirts along with different printers for each type.

  • TIM, I just purchased a 7010 epson printer. After about 20 prints, I have white lines vertical down the pages. I did a head cleaning twice, and nozzle print seems ok. I heard something about doind a head alignment. But can’t find instructions to do the alignment. Is this unusual? As it’s a brand new printer. What may I have done to cause this? I have purchased your e-book, and am extremely pleased with the information. Thanks for any help you can give me on this printer problem. I am at a loss as what to do next. Denny

  • mechelle wellington says:

    hello cartess, tim

    thank you both so much for all the information you all have shared I am just a little puzzled about the transfer paper is the red grid transfer paper the paper you use for all your printing or only for that order . I just waned to know because I am from Trinidad and Tobago and I have to order these stuff from the United States and I cannot afford for the mishaps shipping is very costly thank you both very much

    • Hi Mechelle,

      Yes. We still stand behind the screen printed transfers 100%. However, we understand that many can not afford to have designs screen printed onto the release paper (self weeding paper.) I understand the shipping cost that’s involved as well.
      The paper you see on the link below; is the red grid paper that you may use to print from your printer. We recommend using the Epson WF-7010 printer. Along with the inks, I’ve included the link below as well.

  • Hello Cartess and Kim,
    I want to thank you for sharing this wealth of information to the world! Many of us who have dreams of starting a business now can do so because of your willingess to inform the public of how to become an entrepreneur. You are a blessing to many people. I have purchased the training course from you and will be starting to incorporate soon.
    However, I do have a few general questions.

    1) I will be designing non-custom and custom shirts. I am interested in creating custom shirts for individuals that shows that person’s face on the shirt along with a few graphics. So my custom orders, those shirts with a particular person’s face, may be smaller than my non-custom orders. Is there usually a mimimum order for heat transfer papers? For example, can I just order 10 at a time or do these heat transfer companies make you buy like a minimum of 100 or more?

    2) I admire the shirts that I see in the retail stores because these shirts have designs that are not confined to the area/dimensions of the heat press machine. How can I print larger images on a t-shirt (i.e. top to bottom of the entire shirt) or images on the sleeves. Is there a way to do this using a heat press or will I have to use a garment printer or print using another type of machine?

    Look forward to your response and thanks again!

    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks for the kind words…

      1) You can order small quantity — but they will KILL you on price. It will be extremely high. You’ll get the best deal when you order a decent quantity.

      2) If you feel the bulk of your tees will be made in this manner, I’d suggest you go with a screen printer.

  • hi ross,
    thanks for all these info. Am sure that will help a lot! i am on a very tight budjet. however am doing my very best to buy a heat press a printer and transfers to print. i shall buy also a cutter to have just the design printed on the tees. as for the light coloured garments, i have understood very well the process. But for the black garment, can you just explain the process to me plzzzzzzz

    • Hi Rizwaan,

      Not sure exactly what is your question in regards to black garment. Are you trying to ask how to print on dark shirts? If yes, you’ll need “dark” transfers to print onto “dark” garments.

  • Hello, thank you for all the info you provide. I do have a question. when I have some on draw my design out, how do I send it to the screen printers? Do I send a pic, a drawing or something on the computer? Thank you so much

    • Hi Candice,

      Once you have your designs created, the designer will provide you with a digital file of the design. However, we do recommend having your designer to check out the website of the transfer company you decide to have screen print your design. Simply because each transfer company may require your specific file formats. Once completed, you’ll just email the file to the company per their instructions/requirements.

  • What brand of ink you use for the Epson WF1100 printer or is there another suggested printer.

  • Sandra Reyes says:

    This is such a great inspiring story for me. I have bought a heat press from Heat Nation and have done approx 10 Bling shirts for moms on my sons baseball team. However, I’m stuck! Don’t know what to do next. I don’t want to limit myself to bling since the vendor I found doesn’t have a big variety of transfers to chose from. My husband is a soccer coach and I am a band booster president, so I know there’s a lot of potential there but I have little money and only a heat press to start.
    Dallas, TX

  • I noticed Tim says he paid .80 per red grid sheet and bought 500. The math seemed a little off so i was wondering if that was an oversight or actual figures. Instead of $123 I’m getting $400. 500 sheets X .80. Also any advice on where to get the sheets?

    • Kimberly Ross says:

      hi there!
      We get a lot of inquiries related to which transfer vendor is the best, and which one to use.

      Each transfer company has their own technique and style. It’s very important you reach out to them and request samples so you can see their work. Many companies will charge for samples, while others will not.

      When you start customizing your own designs and start working outside of their templates, their fees can get pretty costly… However, if you order a decent quantity, that can help bring your costs way down.

      You should not expect to get reasonable pricing if all you’re ordering is 12 or 15 transfers. It doesn’t make sense for them to spend a bunch of time and resources making low quantities, so expect to pay a high fee if you’re only looking for a handful of transfers.

      I’ve recently put together a video which shows you how to get the best possible price for screen printed transfers. You can watch it by clicking here: https://www.tshirtriches.com/plastisol-transfer-35-cent-hack-2/

      Also, we do have a listing of transfer vendors you can connect with directly. Go here to find out how to access these companies: https://www.tshirtriches.com/screen-print-transfers/

      Hope this helps!

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