How to buy a t shirt printing machine

Written by charissa struble
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Printing customised T-shirts is one great way to increase your cash flow and give your loved ones personalised gifts for the holidays. Ranging in brand, price and features, choosing the right T-shirt printing machine takes time and careful research. Depending on the size of your workspace and the amount of your budget, screen printers range from desk size to industrial Goliath-sized pieces of machinery. Sold online and through some retailers, T-shirt printing machines are one hot commodity. So hot, in fact, that if you don't start looking for one now, you may never find one.

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Things you need

  • Computer with internet access
  • Credit card for ordering
  • Cotton T-shirts in various sizes
  • Emulsions sheets
  • Squeegee
  • Mesh screen
  • Blank ink-jet transparency
  • Ink in several colours

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    Take a moment to determine how large your line of customised T-shirts will be. Once you have figured out the specifications of your new small business or hobby venture, ask yourself how much you want to spend on a screen printer. Take into account the costs of maintaining the machine, the amount of space needed to be productive and the expense involved with purchasing additional supplies like ink and T-shirts. The new Yudu Personal Screen Printer retails for approximately £195 new. Larger machines can cost quadruple.

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    Shop local and online businesses for the type of models that fit your needs. Carefully record the price for each machine in a small notebook that you can slip into your pocket or purse. Ask questions or refer to the website's Help Page for additional information about the machine you are interested in.

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    Carefully scrutinise the price offered by each business before making a final decision. Evaluate what perks make one price better than another. Take advantage of savings coupons, rebates and manufacturer's warranties.

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    Inquire about spare parts and labour costs. Some machines require constant upkeep. Purchasing a screen printing press second-hand guarantees some type of problem with upkeep in the future. Weigh out the pros and cons involved with purchasing a T-shirt machine new or used.

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    Read customer reviews on the brands that interest you. See what features are beneficial and which are deemed unnecessary. Ask what the return policy is on the machine. Once you have all the information in front of you, purchase or order your screen printing press from the retailer or individual of your choice.

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    Keep the warranty, receipt and service information in a safe place for future reference. Try out your new machine to make sure that it is in good working order. Report any problems with the screen printing press to the company that you bought it from immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • For people who want to try out a T-shirt printing machine without making a big commitment, SpeedBall and Yudu offer scaled-down versions at affordable prices.
  • Despite how good a deal may seem, avoid buying a screen printing machine that doesn't have a warranty or guarantee that comes with it.

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