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Wyn, 67 year old newbe.

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Hello, Im a New Englander, semi retired in Ocala FL.. I have a new MH871 and am enjoying the VinylMaster learning curve.

 Have actually managed within my first few days, to make a custom decal for my car, and now all my friends want one. Interesting.

I know some of you may be helping me in the future. So thank you in advance!

Wyn

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8 minutes ago, Gandwazoo said:

Thanks to you to, Dakotagrafx. Got snow yet?

Dakotagrafx

not yet hoping it holds off a while - just set up to put in new septic tank if weather dries up a bit

 

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I've been to Ocala many years ago, the ex,  (then gf,) had relatives there we used as a base when hitting Orlando.  Before we left we hit one of the local farms there and scored a bunch of watermelons.   I would think being 67 adds some life experience that will help in your vinyl cutting voyage.

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10 hours ago, Gandwazoo said:

Thanks,arty-rc. Nice to meet you. Have you been doing this for awhile?

I started in 2010 with a MH 365, then a MH 721 and now a Graphtec ce 5000-60. 

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Welcome to the addiction. I started in similar circumstances as much for a new hobby as anything else. It's amazing how word of mouth will travel and it's by far the best salesman there is. If you are comfortable charging people for the work (even at good buddy prices) you can easily pay for your investment and have a good time doing so. If you want EVEN MORE fun buy a heat press and start making funny tee shirts with heat transfer vinyl. 

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7 hours ago, Wildgoose said:

Welcome to the addiction. I started in similar circumstances as much for a new hobby as anything else. It's amazing how word of mouth will travel and it's by far the best salesman there is. If you are comfortable charging people for the work (even at good buddy prices) you can easily pay for your investment and have a good time doing so. If you want EVEN MORE fun buy a heat press and start making funny tee shirts with heat transfer vinyl. 

 

18 hours ago, dcbevins said:

I've been to Ocala many years ago, the ex,  (then gf,) had relatives there we used as a base when hitting Orlando.  Before we left we hit one of the local farms there and scored a bunch of watermelons.   I would think being 67 adds some life experience that will help in your vinyl cutting voyage.

I think it does. Trying to figure out what to do when getting stuck on a particular function. And your right, Ocala is nice. Good MC riding.

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9 hours ago, Gandwazoo said:

Guess your a Vinyl Master now.

I'm still learning new things once in awhile.

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On 11/1/2018 at 8:46 PM, Dakotagrafx said:

Welcome from Michigan

 

Hi, again, Dakota. Question for you, if you don't mind. There is a good possibility that I could score a T shirt gig from my employer. Being that I'm just in the beginning of this thing. Learning to use VinylMaster on my USCutter MH 871. Is there a printer/plotter you would suggest? Trying to stay on the cheap, however my situation could quickly escalate to 10-20 T shirts a week. Oh, and the design would include the ability to print a photo on wic away type shirts. (not cotton). Looking forward to your response. Thanks.

Wayne

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6 minutes ago, Gandwazoo said:

Hi, again, Dakota. Question for you, if you don't mind. There is a good possibility that I could score a T shirt gig from my employer. Being that I'm just in the beginning of this thing. Learning to use VinylMaster on my USCutter MH 871. Is there a printer/plotter you would suggest? Trying to stay on the cheap, however my situation could quickly escalate to 10-20 T shirts a week. Oh, and the design would include the ability to print a photo on wic away type shirts. (not cotton). Looking forward to your response. Thanks.

Wayne

I am going to defer this to wild goose he is the shirt specialist of the mods 

 

personally i I use a Roland sp300i that is a little out of the price range you mention ;)

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On 11/2/2018 at 1:50 PM, Wildgoose said:

Welcome to the addiction. I started in similar circumstances as much for a new hobby as anything else. It's amazing how word of mouth will travel and it's by far the best salesman there is. If you are comfortable charging people for the work (even at good buddy prices) you can easily pay for your investment and have a good time doing so. If you want EVEN MORE fun buy a heat press and start making funny tee shirts with heat transfer vinyl. 

Thanks WildGoose that's the plan. The following was sent to Dakota. Your thoughts?

Question for you, if you don't mind. There is a good possibility that I could score a T shirt gig from my employer. Being that I'm just in the beginning of this thing. Learning to use VinylMaster on my USCutter MH 871. Is there a printer/plotter you would suggest? Trying to stay on the cheap,say $500 to 1K. However my situation could quickly escalate to 10-20 T shirts a week. Oh, and the design would include the ability to print a photo on wic away type shirts. (not cotton). Looking forward to your response.

Thanks,

Wayne GandWazoo, which is supposed to be GrandWazoo.

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Getting involved with garment transfers is a major financial investment, not in the hundreds, but several thousands of $$$.

Not to mention the amount of physical space it would require, and you probably are in a condo that has limited room (even squeezing in that MH cutter was likely a challenge).

You would be well-advised to outsource this type of work.

 

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Assuming the full color photo is the same for all the shirts, you could outsource and stock the color decals and apply to the shirts yourself as needed.

Sue2

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I work my business from home as a side business. Your MH would suffice for Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) but doing many copies will tax the memory capability so you'll be cutting a few and then a few more. I used to think 10 shirts was a big order. We grossed over $80K last year. It's a veritable cornucopia of opportunity. There are a few people who want a vinyl decal but practically everyone wants a tee shirt. I do everything from small businesses and reunions to whole sports teams and clubs with their uniforms. I didn't start that all at once. Little by little. 

What you need: #1. Some form of cutter, The better you can afford the easier life is for you. #2. A heat press with at the minimum a 15" x 15" platen and again the better quality the better your life will be. #3. Decent design capabilities (and programs) because most people only have a rough idea what they want and you will be building and sending many proofs/previews. A program capable of building previews with the artwork laid on a pic of the theoretical shirt is a must.  A few will have a vector logo for you but most of those are only half built and need modified to be cut ready. Starting out green you can hire that work done if you want but eventually you'll want to learn to do it for yourself. I also send a lot of my art to have custom made plastisol transfers built that I then apply to the shirts (I use F&M). This is what Sue2 is talking about and they are a good high volume option when doing more like 25 or more at a time. There are other options such as printed HTV and tee shirt transfers made on a pigment printer that can be outsourced and applied as well. Lots of searching will help you get a grasp. #4. Assuming you get this up and functional you will need a wholesale supplier which generally means a business license of some sort. Say hi to the tax man, everyones favorite. There are some blank shirt sellers that don't care that you can start out with but the prices are not as good as getting set up wholesale. 

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On 11/7/2018 at 10:00 PM, Dakotagrafx said:

I am going to defer this to wild goose he is the shirt specialist of the mods 

 

personally i I use a Roland sp300i that is a little out of the price range you mention ;)

 

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