Soo.. does anyone have any experience with a heat press?
is it worth it?
  • H0RSETHIEF

    I've used one for a few designs and I find it makes my stomach sweaty. If it's a heavy-ink graphic the garment sits a little funny, too. It can look really, really cool though.
  • SeTTo

    Hmmm, i was just thinking in maybe investing in one.
    wasn't too sure yet.
  • ImViolent

    I know of a brand who only uses heat presses for there shirts however I used one for a pretty simple design, 1 color logo, and I dont like the how heavy the "ink" feels on the shirt. I prefer screen printing but who doesnt
  • meredith

    Are you planning to do plastisol screenprint transfers? If you have them professionally produced and order a fashion formula type hot peel you should get pretty good results. Soft hand feel, not quite as soft as discharge but much softer than a traditional plastisol screen print. I think noisebot uses these. We use them for some designs.
  • mmm printing

    We started out with just a heat press and grew from there. I would definitely recommend one, the finish isn't amazing so we only use it as a really cheap option for clients but the press alone has made more than its fair share of profit.
  • Matt Borchert

    meredith said:Are you planning to do plastisol screenprint transfers? If you have them professionally produced and order a fashion formula type hot peel you should get pretty good results. Soft hand feel, not quite as soft as discharge but much softer than a traditional plastisol screen print. I think noisebot uses these. We use them for some designs.

    If you are planning on using this option, it's worth considering.

    If you're planning to do the inkjet printer sheets and heat press those on...don't even consider it.

    They also give you the ability to do rhinestone / glitter transfers.
  • cityhall

    Haaaaaaaaaate it!
    Spend the extra $20,000 and do dye sublimation instead ;P
  • clark_danger

    check out heat pressable materials at stahls and siser
    http://www.stahls.ca/home
    http://siserna.com/
    I use a laser engraver to cut designs out of stahls premium plus pretty oftan.
    and gorilla grip if you need to press it on nylon.
    this is awesome for one off simple designs, you don't want anything with fine lines or halftones.
    both companies also have print/cut materials for solvent inkjet, which don't look that great.
  • Lion Caster

    I have an old Hix Heatpress that works...I'll give you a good deal on it. Email me and I'll get you some pics and info

    andrew@LionCaster.com
  • SeTTo

    Sorry for the massive delay, I appreciate all of your experience stories and help.
  • HTHP

    Heat Press Machines are a must have! Haha - easy for me to say as a promoter of them. But really, they are so much fun and you can do so many project with them! Check out my site for more info: https://www.howtoheatpress.com/

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