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    Hello everyone,

    I was hoping to find out some information to help be get started with screenprinting. I have found a lot of great information from the interent, but i still think i need step by step instructions. Also i was wondering what gear all of you started with, and what you would recomend for me to start with.

    The cheapest thing i can find is http://www.silkscreenbiz.com/package1.htm

    Is the starter kit on that site something i should look into before i buy a machine?

    I am looking for using this to printing posers/ tshirts


    Thanks in avance for all of the help,
    Mark Forsman

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    I got a book called "Printing T-Shirts for Fun and Profit". It tells you how to make your own press. It has tons of info too. I made a 4 screen press for about $100 ( Canadian ). It's not professional grade but it's fine for starting out. Good luck.

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    are you looking to do shirts or posters? or both?

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    Hello Mark!
    $749 seems like so much money-- especially if you are just starting out-- what if you hate it?
    where's your location?

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    $749 for that?

    pfft.

    my grandpa could build that for like $20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribou
    are you looking to do shirts or posters? or both?
    both.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leia
    $749 seems like so much money-- especially if you are just starting out-- what if you hate it?
    where's your location?
    thats how i felt too, I am located in Mukilteo, WA. Just 20 minutes north of Seattle.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoondaddy
    https://www.aaartshirts.com/intro.html
    Thank you so much for this link should i still check out the book 'How to Print T-Shirts For Fun and Profit'? Is there anywhere that can give a few more pictures. I'm a bit better visually, but this is a huge help.


    Also, do posters go through a drying unit or are they just flash dryed, or anything?

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    most small time printers use drying racks.

    i know some printers dry posters with a flash dryer... i think print mafia uses a conveyer oven thing... but i use drying racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unitus
    most small time printers use drying racks.

    i know some printers dry posters with a flash dryer... i think print mafia uses a conveyer oven thing... but i use drying racks.
    OH MAN, you were at flatstock this year, i have your button and wear it with pride. By drying racks do you mean you built little cubby holes or something like that?

    Thanks a ton,
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    what button did you get?

    drying racks... you can get real big metal pro ones, or make your own with some wood and nails. i have a friend who made some with nails pounded in wood, and cardboard sheets set atop the nails.

    the big metal ones cost BIG money, unless you can find some used. (but then again, they're huge, so you'll need a lot of space.)

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