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    Help! Printing t-shirt transfers for colour laser printer

    As per title ... Planning to have do about 20-30 for a charity event.

    Anyone has had experience with good brands, or can suggest a brand they have used before with no problems. Any tips on application would be good too, eg. where to get t-shirts (reasonable quality and price), sealing, prevention of bleeds, etc ... Using the organiser's office printer so don't want to break it LOL ...

    Thanks.

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    Try a site like carbootsupplies.com for T-Shirts, although I don't think they have any on there right now (but could be wrong).
    As for the printing, make sure its a really good laser printer, if its not you'd be better off using an inkjet daft as it sounds, with a cheaper laser printer you find that when ironing it on it goes all funny and ruins the transfer, no idea why but been told it "over sets" the toner, whatever that means.

    Original Poster

    yep it's a pretty good colour laser - the toners itself cost a little less than £80 per colour. thanks masterbrown!

    I bought a heat transfer press about 10 years ago but never got the sideline off the ground . I just used a inkjet printer to print onto A4 sized transfer sheets . Theres lots of software about to help print your design .............make sure you reverse the image before printing .The t-shirt will last a while if it's washed inside out but the design will eventually fade and wash off . The best form of printing is of course ...silk screen but you are limited for your designs . With a transfer sheet , you can design anything you like in any colour , use any font together with any picture and stick onto your t-shirt . Best colour shirt is white . I bought a stock from a cash & carry . But , I recently noticed you can buy them cheap on ebay , Yorkshire trading were selling white t-shirts for 99p recenlty .hope this helps

    Original Poster

    really good info there, thanks ricko for the lead.

    Just had a look at my favorites folder and noticed a few old links with info regarding t-shirts .

    one is w*w.hanes2u.com/
    I'm sure this company gave out a free working demo of the software , they seem to be selling it now .
    I will have it somewhere , but I have other software . A company I use to buy letters , etc from is Target Transfers . Do a Google search and see what shows up .

    If you do a design and want it pressed on one shirt as a test, I'll offer to put it on a shirt for you . My press hasn't been switched on for about 8 years , so it'll be an excuse to see if it still works .I still have some new white-shirts in sizes S & M , but see if you can source some yourself and you could always send me the transfer sheet [although I have plenty of them ] together with a shirt and I'll do the rest as a demo & freeby.

    Original Poster

    how much will it cost me (including p&p) say for you to print 5 teeshirts for testing? if you have the machine (assuming it works) and sheets and tees i can only see one way forward

    Why bother using transfers? Just upload your design and let someone else do the work. Cheaper too!

    vistaprint.co.uk/t-s…age

    robsprocket;3016220

    Why bother using transfers? Just upload your design and let someone else … Why bother using transfers? Just upload your design and let someone else do the work. Cheaper too!http://www.vistaprint.co.uk/t-shirts.asp?xnav=TsrImage#here



    because, for 25 say it would cost £124.75, thats just under £5 each. I'm sure if you buy shirts in bulk, you can get them for a little less once you include printing

    kippy;3015798

    how much will it cost me (including p&p) say for you to print 5 teeshirts … how much will it cost me (including p&p) say for you to print 5 teeshirts for testing? if you have the machine (assuming it works) and sheets and tees i can only see one way forward




    You got me there ! I have'nt a cue what the postage would be . Like I said I was willing to press one for 'nowt ' if you supplied the shirt and design .Why not as a test just do one first to see if your happy with the look and feel of the shirt .I can help you with the design if you want as I have plenty of software .In fact I'd through in a transfer sheet ,got loads of them , just need a design and a shirt . My shirts were about £2 plus VAT at the time [8 years ago ] and they seem good quality . Doing it this way I would only need the cost of postage to return the shirt .

    Disco;3016618

    because, for 25 say it would cost £124.75, thats just under £5 each. I'm … because, for 25 say it would cost £124.75, thats just under £5 each. I'm sure if you buy shirts in bulk, you can get them for a little less once you include printing



    Vistaprint are charging £62.50 for 25 shirts thats £2.50 a shirt! They have a half price offer at the moment. Good luck beating that.

    Original Poster

    thanks for the tips peeps, that's really helpful.
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