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Title: Beginner's guide to Inkjet Iron-On Transfers
Post by: lhhgbh on May 08, 2006 12:42:17 PM
Maybe this posting will remain up at the top.. I will start this off to be a one-stop location for tips and guides to Newbies... So please respond to this with tips and perhaps a thank you if you find any of the information helpful!

1. What do you need to create these cool iron-on shirts?

  A. You need a t shirt (any color, but if its anything darker than the palm of your hand you need dark paper, anything lighter such as white, ash, light grey, light pink, baby blue, light green, etc.. you need light transfer paper. You can use 100% cotton or a poly blend..
  B. You need an inkjet or color laser printer. .( I personally suggest the Epson Durabrite printers, because the inks are made using pigment inks that are waterproof and wont fade/crack even under 100+ washings. The C88 printer runs about $80, but if you just want to use your printer you have been warned that you wont get the same life expectancy as the durabrite inks)
  C. You need a household iron! (it has to have the cotton setting and get very hot.. The ideal temperature is 375-400.. If you plan on doing this professionally ie; doing craft shows, flea markets, etc.. buy a heat press which can run from $350 - $1000..
  D. You need iron-on paper or heat transfer paper. Everyone on here just about swears on Avery papers and if you only want to do 5-10 shirts it is the best paper both light and dark.. You can find these papers for cheap at Walmart.. (if you dont know what a Walmart is, you probably arent worried about making a t shirt because you have been away a long time!) If you would like to make more than 10-15 shirts I recommend the BEST paper out there and you can get it at bestblanks.com.. I am in no way affiliated with them, but they do have the best product even if their customer service isnt the best..For around $25 you can get 25 sheets and these papers do not peel or crack when used with the Epson Durabrite inks.. I swear on them as I have made over 2,500 shirts using them...
  E. An image. You need some kind of image on your computer because that is where you will be printing from. You can either use a photo that youhave uploaded from you camera, or downloaded from the web, or one that you create yourself using photoshop, MS Paint, Corel, etc..

2.  I have all of this stuff, now what?

  A. Everything starts with your image. Your image should be around 300 dpi and should be sized to fit a standard sheet of paper 8.5 x 11.. After yor image is ready you need to follow your papers instructions on how to print. Typically light transfers have to be flipped or mirrored. You can do this in your image editting software or some printers have a mirror setting so try out your printer advanced settings to see if you have this option. Also make sure to PRINT on the BLANK SIDE of your PAPER unless your papers instructions suggest otherwise.
  B. You do not need to prep your t shirt any except to make sure there arent any creases or wrinkles. You will want to use a hard flat surface when you apply your design.
  C. Once your image is printed you should cut it out. You will have a off color box around your design if you do not cut it out. This makes all the difference in the world in making your design look professional. Cut within an eighth of an inch of the design.  
  D. Lining the image up on the shirt. What we do is lay the shirt out on the bed. Then you can step back and look at it and position your design on the shirt that way. We use regular clear desk tape to secure the image on the shirt and then we move the t shirt to our heat press, or table where we will be applying the image.
           The instructions below are for light transfers.. For dark transfers you will need to use a combination    of these and your paper instructions...
  E. (Iron) Now that your image is printed, cut out, and positioned you are ready to apply it to the shirt. If you are using an iron you will need to make sure your iron is preheated and ready to go. With irons you will have to apply two-handed pressure while going over the image. You will need to do overlapping strides on it. Think of how you go back and forth when cutting lawn. It should take you around 20 seconds to go the length of the paper and keep that pressure on!
  E. (Heat Press)If you are using a heat press you need to preheat your press.. I usually set mine at 375-400.. Once it is preheated just line the shirt up so the image is on the press plate. Make sure you remove the tape and then press your image.. We generally count from 8-12 (one and two and three, etc..) and then pull the press up and peel. If its a hot peel you will have to peel it IMMEDIATELY as stated below.. It will be hot, but if your quick you wont get burned.. (the burns are not severe at all, so dont think this will cause your fingers to damaged!! its more like quickly picking up some hot food and quickly moving it (poptarts anyone)!
  F. After you iron the transfer you will need to peel it. Some papers are hot peel and some are cold peel.. Of course some are both.. If its hot peel you will have to peel it IMMEDIATELY!! Even though the paper is hot to the touch you have to get if off while its still hot.. This may take some practice. If you dont peel it while its hot the paper will rip and most of it will remain on the shirt.. If this happens you can use a towel or if you have it, a piece of teflon and reiron the design to get it hot again. You cant put the iron directly on a peeled design as it will melt the design and ruin it.  - If you used cool peel paper you can peel it at anytime.. For hot/cool peel paper the design will come out glossy if you peel it hot, and matted if you peel it cold...
  G. You are done. The main thing you need to do is follow your instructions that come with your paper. Some of the instructions vary. Use a combination of your instructions with this tutorial.. Also dont plan on your first design being perfect.. Dont buy just one t shirt and expect it to turn out perfectly.. The hotpeel designs are especially tricky and even though it doesnt seem right to touch the paper while its hot, it must be done this way!

3. Washing Tips..

If you use the bestblanks paper in conjunction with the Epson durabrite inks there are no special washing instructions... Wash them hot, cold, it doesnt matter.. You can dry them as well.. If your using Avery paper or any of the others you will want to wash your t shirt in cold water and NOT machine dry them. You will also probably want to wait at least 3 days before you actually wash them because we hear the inks can run a bit if you do it any sooner.. If you wash them in hot water and dry them expect peeling and cracking.. Again this is just if you use the store bought papers and not if you go with the Epson inks and bestblanks...

4. General Tips:

  A. Use two people. This helps alot if your doing quite a few t shirts.. We do it where one person does the positioning while the other is pressing... Two people also help when cutting!
  B. Dont think that cutting takes too long. We generally cut everyday so we have become cutting experts.. Use titanium blade scissors.. They are a few bucks more, but man are they AWESOME!
  C. To create some cool school clothes for your kids and save money you can go to blankshirts.com and order youth sizes.. You can get them for about $2-$2.50 and you dont have to be a wholesaler to buy! Buy your kid 20 shirts, and then buy the professional paper from bestblanks for $25. You will have 20 shirts for your child and it cost you around $60!! Thats pretty awesome.. And you can use images of things they like from Google images like Bratz, Legos, Star Wars, etc.. since your not reselling these..
  D. Beware of the cheap papers that are not namebrand like the ones sold in hobby stores, or fabric shops.. We have heard alot of complaints from people on this forum about no-name brands..
  E. If you choose to buy the Avery blanks you can do so at Walmart.. They are usually in the school supplies section or maybe in the computer photo paper section.. Beware that people sometimes switch the light paper for the dark paper because its cheaper.. Do NOT buy an opened pack... You may not know it until you try to apply it and then you will have messed up your shirt.

I'm sure I missed something, but maybe I was just leaving some of the glory for someone else. I tried to give you the professional side of it as well as the amateur side. You can see what we have done with our designs by going to our websites located in the signature.. Maybe this will help newbies who are either completely lost or have some ideas, but are not sure of some of the finer points. We did try to emphasize that the paper and ink matters because when we buy a t shirt from some place we want it to look its best and last many washings. Why not create some cool t shirts for yourself that do the same? Please reply with your own tips and lets try to keep this post at the top so everyone can find it!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: nani on May 17, 2006 09:01:26 PM
Oh boy, this is my very first post/reply. I'm probably doing it wrong, because I haven't read the Help section, but in any case I just wanted to say thank you for all the detailed information. I am going to keep it and refer to it later because I hope to  be transferring some images soon.
Thanks again.  :)


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on May 18, 2006 01:42:12 PM
any problems just come here and post it.. thanks!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Kuky on May 25, 2006 12:48:16 PM
Hi! I'm new here to Craftster. Thank you lhhgbh for all the information!

I want to open my open business. I haven't decided yet on whether or not to go the silk screen route or iron on. I'm just in the research phase right now.  You mentioned bestblanks.com. If I do want to get a heat press would you say they are the best place to get it from?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on May 25, 2006 11:41:41 PM
Your welcome Kuky.. I wrote that because so many people come in asking the same repeated questions and since the answers are spread all over I wanted to put it all in one place and yet share what I have found so far..

Bestblanks was good for me because I live in Florida and they are in Miami.. Their price was about the same as most. They might be a little be cheaper.. My only gripe with them is they love Fed Ex and I have had some problems with Fed Ex, but as far as their paper goes, it is TOP NOTCH! I was like you and wondering which road to take.. Of course heat pressing is the cheapest route and honestly when I got my press I had only read about doing it.. I had not actually pressed a shirt.. I had some designs on my pc and sort of just gave it a shot.. I bought the Hobby-Lite for like $375 last july.. when it came in I will admit that me and my wife were like WTF?? it seemed kind of cheap and small.. Well it has since made over 3,000 shirts without one problem.. I tried Dharma Tradings paper and wasnt happy with it.. I have tried store bought and its a joke.. No washing life whatsoever and you have to remember NOT to dry it and all that.. With the Bestblanks paper and Epsons durabrite inks you CANT go wrong.. You dont have to wash it in a certain water temp, or line dry it.. This is really important if you want your customers to be happy.. the life span of my shirts is close to that of silk screened.. I bought the C88 epson printer which goes for like $80.. We literally started this thing on a tiny budget and we now have major plans to expand quite a bit.. We have a couple of designs that we would like to silk screen.. We will get into it, but to start off cheaply to get a feel for it, the heat press has been awesome.. Now when I create a design I make an effort to design it a specific way so I can put them on light color shirts as well so we do have some kind of options as far as color which I know is a BIG strike against pressing.. Im not trying to tell you what to do, but if you have any questions about the life and quality of the shirts, dont worry about it.. I know it seems to good to be true that a cheap printer and a cheap press could do all of what I said, but ITS 100% truth.. It took some getting used to, but once you do a few, its a snap..


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Kuky on May 31, 2006 11:52:31 AM
Thank you again lhhgbh! You're awesome!!

I can't wrap my head around the durability. I want to make baby onesies and with the baby poop and etc I'm worried.

How about cutting? My design isn't square. It's graphic and text. Will I need to cut an eighth of an inch around the top or bottom of each letter? That's sounds tedious! If I don't will the cut line show?

I read on another thread to use jersey knit. 1x1 rib will not work. Is that true? Someone posted that in a thread several days ago as well. They mentioned blankshirts.com doesn't have a jersey knit for women. That's true for the onesies as well. I did find rabbit skins onesies at t-shirtwholesaler.com in a jersey knit and a ringspun cotton jersey. But they're more expensive. But would that work better for iron ons?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on June 06, 2006 12:30:40 AM
i would check around for the rabbit skins because they are sold on more than one site... You might find them a little cheaper in some places.. As for the 1x1 ribbing i have heard the same thing and so i have steered clear of that venture.. It sucks though because I have found some nice womens shirts and they are all 1x1 ribbing..

as for the cutting, it does SEEM tedious indeed, but once you actually do it, its not that bad.. I recommend the cutting and it doesnt have to be too close or perfect.. I usually stay within an eighth or sometimes even a quarter.. The main thing you want to get rid of is most of the excess.. If your doing white then perfection is not important when cutting.. If you are trying some light colors like baby blue or light pink then you will need to be a little more closer.. We have a Princess design that goes on light colors and whites and on the light pink even if we dont cut into every curve or get really close you cant tell unless your examining it with a fine-tooth comb.. The cutting doesnt take long at all.. During christmas we sold around 1,500 shirts and we cut every single one of them... You get good at cutting and it doesnt take that long.. It just seems like alot of work, but it really isnt bad.. Get a friend to help you cut and it gets done in no time.. If you are selling much more than that you should really consider silk screening anyway..


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on June 07, 2006 12:10:56 AM
hi nicole, pleased to hear from you... welcome!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: canitaline on June 07, 2006 12:21:00 AM
Oau!

This method looks much easier that regular screenprinting. I went so crazy with the screenprinting way. I was It also give more options.
I will try the iron thing. Thanks for sharing.
Best,
BelÚn


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on June 07, 2006 04:50:43 PM
Screenprinting is the BEST for businesses.. With iron ons you can also have a business, but more smaller.. Its a good way to start-up.. You have many more options with screen printing, but iron ons arent as bad as they have been out to be.. It steams me when you see sellers describe their items as "Silk Screened, NOT Cheap Iron-Ons"!!!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: sewinmom23 on June 09, 2006 08:21:01 AM
This info is jus,well, awesome! My son's swim team wanted to order t-shirts from a company and I said,hey can't we just do iron on transfers? Now I have all the info I need. Thanks!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: gius on June 09, 2006 05:44:39 PM
Does anyone know if Durabrite inks can be used with other brands of printer? I remember lhhgbh posted several brands, like Canon, but actually I can't remember if he was referring to something else.
 Also, does the ink work on laser printers? On the tutorial, it says either laser or inkjet printers for image transfers are fine.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on June 10, 2006 07:18:41 PM
i am not sure, but i coubt it.. The secret to their inks is also in the method of their disbursal.. Their printers dont heat the ink before its sprayed.. I personally think Epson Printers are garbage, but their ink is superior for t shirts.. If making t shirts or other items is something you plan on doing professionaly at least on some kind of level I would suggest the cheap Epson printer the C88 and a separate warranty.. You get a one year warranty with Epson and they are good about sending out another one if it breaks down on you.. I personally get the 2-3 year from an electronics store and keep the box in the closet and when it breaks down I take it back and get another one the same day.. You also get FREE ink refills everytime so its worth it to me.. I have replaced my 2 C88s 4 times in the past 9 months.. Of course I have made over 4,000 shirts too...


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: gius on June 13, 2006 04:11:08 PM
Ok thanks  :) I'll take your word for it.
I'd like to try doing it professionally too.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: zenos241 on June 23, 2006 08:36:17 AM
This is a great thread. I think I am going to try a shirt soon, maybe this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: wykidgrrl on June 29, 2006 07:28:05 PM
The one question I can't find an answer for (probably because it's so obvious) is, can I use each transfer more than once or is it a one shot deal?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Kuky on June 30, 2006 02:19:36 AM
One shot deal


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: wykidgrrl on July 05, 2006 07:17:37 PM
 :-\  That's what I thought.  I guess I'll just have to do the solvent transfer for my bf's U2 sheets.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: crea-core on July 26, 2006 07:52:43 AM
Very helpfull threat n__n I'll make one soon I hope  ;D


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: thisissunshine on August 08, 2006 09:24:21 AM
So how long will all of this last?  Is there something you can do to make it last longer?  Thanks!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on August 20, 2006 10:00:26 PM
well if done with the stuff you buy from the stores it wont last as long. I have heard some people get a few months out of these shirts and others get a few weeks of perfect wear.. It really depends on how you wash the items.. Of course everyone will tell you to wash with cold water and to hang dry..

Now if you want screenprinting lifespans with regular washings and dryings you should use Epson durabrite inks and paper from bestblanks.. Thats what I use to sell t shirts with and the lifespan is phenomenal without any special wash instructions...


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: the noodle princess on September 25, 2006 04:11:58 PM
do you think it's possible to use iron-ons on flannel?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: spanarabica on October 18, 2006 08:27:00 AM
I've been stopping in here looking at everyone's projects for a while, but just read your sticky.  I am definitely going to give this a whirl now.  Very easy to read and thorough advice.  Thank-you.  My sons, husband and I will have lots of fun for sure.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Needlebug on November 15, 2006 02:30:12 PM
I always have white lines around the image on my dark t-shirts.  How can I fix this?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: ndoodles on November 26, 2006 07:24:20 PM
I have the same problem as the one above me.  For me though it's for all iron ons.  How can I get rid of the border and just make it look more natural?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: chaoticpassion on November 27, 2006 06:59:17 AM
I was thinking of getting an iron-on vinyl to coat my pretty little images, would that help prevent cracking in any way?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: kitschycoup on January 13, 2007 02:40:30 PM
I just wanted to chime in here and say that the advice given here regarding Epson Durabrite & the method used in the tutorial are perfect! I followed all of the directions to a T - except I used Avery paper (for dark). I made several shirts for my daughter - who is Ms>Picky about it not looking too DIY and they were up to her muster. I have washed and washed and washed these babies with total disregard for method (because I am a lazy laundry slave)and they are still all good.
There was one shirt that was a really heavily colored solid block of graphics that I was a little worried about when I pressed it - thinking it was _surely_ going to crack, but it has only recently started to show any signs of wear at all and that baby is like 7+ months old. The color is still just as bright and solid as the day it was made too. I think that if I had been more careful with my washing methods it would still be okay. Anyway - that's my 2 cents.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: shad on January 18, 2007 02:54:31 PM
Thank you so much for your "how to" on injet transfers.  Now can I embroider over the image on the tshirt?  i.e., use the transfer as a pattern for the embroidery?  i want to make sure there is no cracking. 
Also if I have a phrase i've designed instead of image, do i still need to cut out the entire image?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: jaymeekae on January 23, 2007 03:43:39 PM
Thanks for all the info, does anyone know of a good place to buy blank tshirts in England?  It seems like everywhere I can find via google is way more expensive than $2.50 per shirt.

Thanks! :)


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Eliea on February 09, 2007 11:11:56 AM
Ok I'm having issues. I am in a swap and decided to do an iron-on transfer on a t-shirt. I went out and found one in the mostly cotton composition like my directions say.
I had my iron on a hot setting with no steam. But my transfer didn't stick. I spent extra time making sure I pressed hard on the image while ironing and getting all my edges.
I've used the avery paper before and this was what I used this time. What went wrong? My mom suggests maybe my iron wasn't hot enough but I had it as hot as it can be without steam.
Please someone help as my swap send-out date is tomorrow. I'm planning to buy a different transfer paper package from walmart and see if that makes a difference.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: BoozeCruise on March 21, 2007 09:58:47 PM
I'm going to walmart as soon as I get my next pay check and a day off  ;D


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Eliea on March 22, 2007 06:32:45 AM
Ok Apparently I didn't have my iron as hot as I could. I poured the water out and set it on a steam setting to iron the transfers on with and it worked fine.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Beach Cruiser on March 22, 2007 10:28:19 AM
hello, I have a question about another brand of paper. I work for a printshop and I noticed that one of our vendors sells something called. TransferWear and JetWear Digital Transfer papers. Is anyone familiar with these?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: ImpishGrin on May 08, 2007 11:05:36 AM
Great tutorial - Thanks!

A few questions:

Should I be washing and drying the shirts before I apply the transfers? (I never have done when making them for personal use.) I know that new fabrics, and many clothing items, have sizing in them that could inhibit inks or transfers somewhat. But I don't know about tees.

Also, I've noticed that lots of people who sell embellished or printed tees use American Apparel shirts, but they seem to run pretty small. And they do tend to shrink after washing. What are some good quality alternatives in a similar price range? Anyone have favorite brands or sources (preferably with a full range of ladies sizes S thru 3XL) that they'd be willing to share? Has anyone been successful using Bella brand tees? Or Hanes? I use white tees most often, but have a problem finding shirts that aren't semi-see-through...

Thanks!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Eliea on May 08, 2007 12:16:04 PM
Great tutorial - Thanks!

A few questions:

Should I be washing and drying the shirts before I apply the transfers? (I never have done when making them for personal use.) I know that new fabrics, and many clothing items, have sizing in them that could inhibit inks or transfers somewhat. But I don't know about tees.

Also, I've noticed that lots of people who sell embellished or printed tees use American Apparel shirts, but they seem to run pretty small. And they do tend to shrink after washing. What are some good quality alternatives in a similar price range? Anyone have favorite brands or sources (preferably with a full range of ladies sizes S thru 3XL) that they'd be willing to share? Has anyone been successful using Bella brand tees? Or Hanes? I use white tees most often, but have a problem finding shirts that aren't semi-see-through...

Thanks!
I buy my blank shirts as I need them from Walmart, big lots, or dollar general. The main things that's important is the fabric type. You really need to read your transfer directions to know what kind is best. the transfers I have work best on mostly cotton shirts because they don't stretch as much. but I've used them on shirts that are 50% cotton with no problems. So It's really up to you. Also I don't buy undershirts like you find in packages at the store those tend to be nearly see through because they are meant to be worn underneath another shirt. instead look for the plain shirts like you would wear every day. At walmart they are usually on a display and cost anywhere from 5.00 to 9.00 per shirt. I don't make shirts very often so for me this is a great deal. :)
I always wash and dry the shirt as per directions on the tag. There are stiffeners in the fabric for packaging and it can mess up your transfers.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: gumshoegal on May 22, 2007 07:22:43 PM
heres a dumb question but i'll ask anyway. how do i enlarge a picture
so that it is clear.  i tried in paint but the bigger i went it got grainy.


thanks in advance


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: MissMimi on May 28, 2007 02:24:40 PM
Thanks for all the great information.  I've searched around and didn't find the answer to this question--can anybody recommend a good cheap iron for someone starting out doing this?  We don't have an iron at the moment, so it'll do double duty for this and for general clothes maintenance.  Money's pretty darn short at the moment, though.

Any suggestions?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: MommaGreenBean on June 06, 2007 06:35:15 AM
thanks for the tutorial!  Hubby is *so* picky bout shirts that he literally has TWO with something on them, the rest are plain. Don't know why I didn't think of iron on transfers sooner... Duh. 

Our first project will be a small Coors bottle in the upper corner.  Nice and simple!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: MommaGreenBean on June 06, 2007 06:36:44 AM
Thanks for all the great information.  I've searched around and didn't find the answer to this question--can anybody recommend a good cheap iron for someone starting out doing this?  We don't have an iron at the moment, so it'll do double duty for this and for general clothes maintenance.  Money's pretty darn short at the moment, though.

Any suggestions?

I don't know if it's what you consider cheap, but I got an iron at Kmart that was around $30 that is nice and heavy and heats up well.  Haven't tried transfers yet (still waiting for ink in the mail) but the iron is GREAT for regular ironing. It looks like a more old fashioned iron.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: MissMimi on June 06, 2007 08:44:46 AM
Thanks--may I ask the brand name/model?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: MommaGreenBean on June 06, 2007 09:35:22 AM
you're going to make me get off my butt?  LOL

Black & Decker (a brand that usually sucks IMO!) 'The Classic'


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Procrastination on June 20, 2007 04:32:15 AM
do you have any advice to getting the word out that you are selling t-shirts? are there any specific places to go?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Procrastination on June 25, 2007 05:57:25 PM
When You say Dark/light transfers do you mean dark as in dark t-shirt or dark transfer paper?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: cinderblock on July 14, 2007 04:58:02 PM
i am and iron on junkie, and as a matter of fact i am wearing one of my creations right now but i just want to know the difference between inkjet iron ons and regular iron ons?


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: lhhgbh on August 16, 2007 09:14:58 PM
Sorry for the long absence. Been busy with business. Glad my post could help out some in need. Let me see if I can answer some of the questions I have missed and maybe give some more tips I have since learned.

The difference between regular iron-ons and inkjet iron-ons (if I am understanding this question correctly) is this: you can buy patches or premade irons ons and those apply with a type of glue that when heated adheres to the surface of the shirt. Inkjet iron-ons are a special paper that you print from your inkjet printer and through heat make the ink stick to the shirt allowing you to print most anything from pictures to your own designs.

As for the brand of paper to use, if you find paper at a store such as Walmart, Michaels, or even from trade shows, odds are it will not last. Avery is the exception here which can be purchased at Walmart or Office Supply stores, but it is expensive and should only be used if you are making 5-10 shirts.

Irons I really have no say over which irons would work best as I only use a heat press. If this is something you want to consider doing fulltime then go out and buy the cheapest press you can find, the Hobbylite. I have done over 10,000 shirts on mine and only just got the surface refinished using a friend in a metal shop that used a power grinder/polisher on it.

For enlarging pictures there is a great program out there that is a plug-in for photoshop called genuine fractals. How you obtain this program is entirely up to you. It works wonders on photos, but be warned that you need to have at least a photo of about 1x1inch in order to enlarge it to 8x10 and it look passable. You might have to do some slight touch-ups on it such as filling in solid colors by matching, but it works great.

Blank shirts can be found at Michaels usually for $2 each. Walgreens has also been selling cheap shirts for $2 each. i especially like them because they have some Gildan shirts which is what I use.





Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Eliea on August 17, 2007 08:15:10 PM
As for the brand of paper to use, if you find paper at a store such as Walmart, Michaels, or even from trade shows, odds are it will not last. Avery is the exception here which can be purchased at Walmart or Office Supply stores, but it is expensive and should only be used if you are making 5-10 shirts.
I use avery and they are the best I've found. I've had the package for a long time and just can't see buying more (in any brand) till I use it.
Just thought I'd throw a testimonial in:
I have used the lower quality stuff and it will last longer if you trim your picture or text out, but tends to crack and fade each wash and sticks together if it gets warm. Which will rip or tear your picture when you remove it from the dryer and sometimes washer.
Go with the nicer stuff people trust me! It's so worth the money! I can't remember how long I've had my avery package, but if you are doing small numbers of shirts like me it's just fine to get. Mine cost 5.00-ish and had 12 sheets in it. It has lasted at least four years but I don't sell shirts or anything like that. I just like to be able to make some for swaps. Which I have done:
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/smor7/IMG_1591.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/smor7/IMG_1591.jpg)
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But walmart has changed prices since then so I have no idea what the going rate is.

Blank shirts can be found at Michaels usually for $2 each. Walgreens has also been selling cheap shirts for $2 each. i especially like them because they have some Gildan shirts which is what I use.
Another place to look is walmart! When stuff goes on sale it goes on sale! And hobby lobby has shirts for 3.00 which is not bad since they have up to 3x!



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Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Icemommy on August 18, 2007 12:34:25 AM
Too hot a setting also doesn't work. My first iron on went great, the second got burned brown and the red ink from the lines on the cover sheet also bled through. Sucks on a white shirt :(
I hope laundry fixes that somewhat.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: brookeincraftland on October 12, 2007 03:01:09 AM
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I have been wanting to get into this for a while now. But it seemed horribly daunting and expensive! I love the idea that I can custom make my own t shirts. I WILL be doing this and soon. Thanks for taking hte time to write down all the things anyone would need to know to get started. You're awesome!!!!!

brooke :)


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: eyeseefaeries on May 15, 2008 09:26:40 PM
Sorry if this has been asked already, but has anyone tried Iron-ons on eco-friendly fabrics? Like bamboo, hemp, soy fiber, or modal?

Cuz I know on the front page it says for cotton or polyblends. 

Sorry if it's a dumb question, I'm just really inexperienced. :]


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Eliea on May 16, 2008 12:46:42 PM
Sorry if this has been asked already, but has anyone tried Iron-ons on eco-friendly fabrics? Like bamboo, hemp, soy fiber, or modal?

Cuz I know on the front page it says for cotton or polyblends. 

Sorry if it's a dumb question, I'm just really inexperienced. :]
It won't be a good idea on a poly/poly blend because poly is melt-able and the iron has to be HOT when you use iron on's.
BAmboo or hemp might work. I'd test it and see if I had the money. It's a natural fiber so it would be interesting to find out.
Soy I'm not sure of. I've never really messed with soy fibers or fabrics.
If I were testing it, I'd prep the shirt with washing and drying, then use a small iron on somewhere where if it messed up it wasn't a big deal.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Karia on May 21, 2008 03:19:51 AM
well for a DR Who swap I'm going to try it on organic cotton.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Eliea on May 21, 2008 06:53:04 AM
well for a DR Who swap I'm going to try it on organic cotton.
That should work without any problem. Most iron-on's I've seen are made for cotton or cotton blends (so long as it's mostly cotton.)
Good luck!
Don't forget to wash and dry your shirt first! The only iron on's I've had mess up were ones where I didn't wash and dry the shirt first to get the sizing out.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: ManicMittens on August 13, 2008 10:06:34 AM
does anyone know where i can get the transfer paper carried at bestblanks.com in canada? bestblanks has a 500$ minimum on international orders :(


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Lady Hope on September 08, 2008 12:39:27 PM
I dont know if this is the right place to post this question, but i hope someone can help!
There is a company around my area that animates t-shirt parties for children. Basically you pick the design, they print it on special paper, then the kid colours it and it gets ironed on. My question is this: What kind of paper would let me print out a design that i could colour by hand and what would i use to colour it? I called the company, but they are dumb and dont want to let me in on their secret unless i book a party.
I hope someone can help because I think this would be a great activity to do with my younger cousins (and much less messy + more professional looking than fabric paint)
THANKS!


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: Eliea on September 08, 2008 05:37:03 PM
Someone here did one with sharpies though that could be a mess unsupervised. Have you tried searching on the forum? I'd narrow it down to this section and completed projects and see what happens.
Sharpies are supposed to set with heat so I don't see why it wouldn't work.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: twopercenter on September 16, 2008 07:10:15 AM
I can't wait to try this.


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: smittenheart on June 19, 2009 07:39:01 PM
is there a supplier list for iron on transfers??

I need more than my local store provides..

thanks all :)


Title: Re: All Newbies Start Here
Post by: sugiai on July 07, 2011 04:27:05 PM
thank you so much for all the information!! I now feel fully prepared to go ahead and make my first iron on shirt!! :D