Hold your seats, because there is now a way to preserve these precious memories. With a t-shirt quilt, you can use your historic treasures to stay warm and continue the legacy of those fabulous t-shirts.
You are as good as your printer: The printer you chose is perhaps the most important decision to make. Make sure that you have a look at your printer’s previous works, or have a word with some of his customers. Another method to do this is to ask the printer for swatches of his previous work.
Successfully getting rid of stain on your t-shirt depends on the type of stain that’s in there. For the fatty or greasy types, you need something that will absorb the grease without spreading it further across the material. Cornstarch or talcum powder will do the trick here. Apply it on the stained spot, then, leave it to completely absorb the oil. Once it’s done, you can brush the powder off and you’ll see that the stain has magically disappeared!
How about heat presses? A heat press is a machine that is exactly what its name implies, it is a heater that is pressed on to the shirt and transfers a design to the shirt. The transfer papers are printed, usually by a third party company, and then the ink is heated by the press and transferred in to the fibers of the shirt. This method has come a long way and I believe is the preferred method if you are starting up an at home T shirt business. There is also a new development with transfer paper that allows you to use a standard ink jet printer at home to print your own designs. This can be great to see exactly how your design will look on your shirt. With the price of presses dropping you could get in to this business for as little as $600.
T-shirt printing using the transfer printing method is great for projects that are smaller in volume. This option is popular for those who want to make unique t-shirt designs using a hot iron. To create t-shirts using this method, a design is printed on a transfer sheet and then ironed directly onto the t-shirt material. This option is cheaper and the quality is not as good as what you find with screen printing. Companies that utilize this method are usually smaller with customers that do not require bulk orders.
Another great way to personalize your t-shirts is by printing on funny lines or intelligent phrases. If you can not come up with something of your own, merely look up on the net to find a catchy line that’ll look great on your t-shirt and also reveal your personality. If you support a certain cause or are curious about specific serious public problems, you could emboss educational messages such as ‘Smoking Kills’ on your t-shirt as well. While poster colors might be used to paint these messages onto the t-shirt, permanent markers provide you much neater results.
Once your design is set, you’ll need to decide on the type of custom apparel you want to have done. You can either screen print the shirts (the most popular choice), heat transfer, direct to garment print, or print with special effects like «distressed» printing. This is the «washed out» type of look you get that is presently very popular on custom t shirt printing.