Heat Transfer: the Short Run T-Shirt Solution

Do you want to decrease the monetary impact of short runs in your t-shirt shop?  The answer to this problem is, quite simply, heat transfer.

Heat Presses:
Using transfers are much cheaper than traditional methods, such as screen printing, when it comes to short runs. In fact, the most expensive thing you will need to invest in is a heat press and you will find that it soon pays for itself many times over. There are many brands to choose from as well as many levels of heat press to enter into. What determines your entry point would be factors such as the size needed to accommodate your garments as well as the quantity you plan to produce. Some of the best brands available are Hotronix and Maxx, which are both by Hotronix, as well as Hix and Insta.

Transfer Paper:
The most common question I hear as a customer service specialist is “what is your best transfer paper?” Actually, all of the papers we offer are of excellent quality. What an individual needs to ask him or herself is the following:  Am I using an inkjet, laser printer or copier; Am I transferring to dark or light garments; What do I want from the transfer?  Some papers produce more vibrant colors, such as Red Grid, and some produce a transfer that is softer and stretchier, such as JetPro SofStretch. There is also a paper called ImageClip, which eliminates the weeding process (having to remove excess transfer material from around the image before pressing to the garment).

One of the most common items that heat transfer customers purchase, other than a press and paper, are vinyl cutters. Cutters can be used to trim transfer paper as well as vinyl, which gives a more professional cut edge around your designs than trimming by hand.  Again, there are many models and brands available, making it easy to find something perfect for your operation. One of the most popular entry-level machines right now is the Graphtec Silhouette Cameo, which is an excellent value considering that it accommodates material up to 12” wide.

Many customers also purchase heat transfer blanks, which are items other than t-shirts that are commonly transferred to. Some of these items are quite popular and provide an additional product line for your customers, such as puzzles, mousepads and beverage insulators just to name a few.

All of these products and many more can be found at www.coastalbusiness.com and there are knowledgeable folks just waiting to answer any questions you may have at 1-800- 562-7760.