Grandwazoo

Send your children out of the room.

Recommended Posts

Posting some of my stuff. Try not to laugh. I've only been doing this for about 8 weeks. From just being an email web surfer.

I know, the Vinyl Stuff is out of proportion, etc.

Perhaps this takes you back to your early days?  lol... Please feel free to critique the hell out of it!

20181202_174247.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anticipate getting calls soon enough -- to curse you out for supporting the 45th President of the United States.

You may want to rethink this "advertisement" since it absolutely alienates potential customers.

Also, "Vinyl Stuff" is unreadable at 5 feet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Perhaps Hilary reading a book with her dogs on the other side?  Yeah, way small, Just using up the remnants of the vinyl that came with my cutter.

Just ordered a bunch more and a few other items. Nice hobby. My guess there is no money in decals. My idea was to start off small work my way into signs

etc.. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Grandwazoo said:

Just ordered a bunch more and a few other items. Nice hobby. My guess there is no money in decals. My idea was to start off small work my way into signs

etc.. Thanks.

Shirts and apparel is where the sweet spot is in my little side business. Signs are viable but also often demand installation which is where it gets more involved and risky. Hard to compete with the big shops who run flat bed printers. They pump out a 4'x8' for sale sign for $190 around here and do full color print decals for vehicles that are also hard to compete with. I actually did both for a long time but slid over to the apparel side as the demand built. I do maybe 5% signage and 95% apparel and the signage is for my shirt customers LOL. Best part for me, a part timer, is you can work in all weather and all times of the day or night. I hold down a day job and do the other at night or weekends. I got into team sports as well as shirts and have several clubs and schools that I build jerseys and parent gear for. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, been thinking about shirts myself Wild Man. Do I just need a press 15 x 15 and some heat vinyl? In fact, I have designed a shirt for my boss. Would you like to make

them for me? I'm waiting for a picture that a guy I work with is going to take for me. Would be two shirts only at the start. I truly believe that that would turn into perhaps 10/20

a month if he goes for it. Two would be the bait. If you want I'll email what I have so far, for you to look at. You are welcome to change it anyway you see fit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm so busy that I don't even take on new work sorry. We did $7K worth of hoodies last week. It's that season. 

15" press will get you started if you also grab a press pillow or two. I would suggest the swing away style, it gives you more ability to look down on the shirt and get things aligned. You will want to develop a system for squaring up the design on the shirt. Most shirts have a slight crease down the middle that is USUALLY centered, not always. I call this a build crease and I think they use it two sew when they actually make the shirts.  If it's not visible just carefully fold it and press it for a couple seconds to form a center crease. Then you can use a clear plastic craft ruler if you have one or buy some sort of alignment guide purpose built. I have a couple of the Fiskars rulers with 1/4" lines along them. The basic layout is usually around 3 inches down from the neck collar and around 4 inches over to the center on a left chest logo. There are several alignment guides out there but all of them are only so-so accurate. There is no single one spot. It changes depending on the shirt style and size so you have to develop an eye for it. If the design is big enough to just align it by eye without the ruler I use a finger count to get them all similar, like two fingers down from the neck or three. A full hand down from the neck on back of a hoodie so there is room for the hood to hang without completely covering the logo. I usually lay one out on a table and just set the logo on and see what looks right and take a couple measurements before I press one. Nothing worse than having someones logo tucked under their armpit. 

Later when I got bigger and busy I bought a high end cutter and high end press (Fusion) and a $300 laser alignment system from Hotronix that has up to 4 red lasers that I set to keep everything square and all the same. This has been especially helpful with the sports jerseys that have a logo and a separate individual number and all need to look the same layout. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice sale, you are busy. Would you mind if I sent it to you for your opinion? Would I need something special to duplicate a high resolution picture? It would probably have to be on a polo type shirt 50 50 cotton and poly. Just the front.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, Grandwazoo said:

Nice sale, you are busy. Would you mind if I sent it to you for your opinion? Would I need something special to duplicate a high resolution picture? It would probably have to be on a polo type shirt 50 50 cotton and poly. Just the front.

You're talking about print work there. Equipment to do that, and do it well is quite expensive, several thousand for the cheap stuff.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now