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    I was just about to get into heat transfer printing until I found out about the huge bomb shell that you cannot really print onto dark t shirt only on white t shirt if you are wanting images or even just white on your designs!! Because if you do one white you have to either buy an EXTREMELY expensive OKI 90wt laser printer that has white toner or you have to go for heat transfer paper that already has a white emulsion background on the paper.. meaning your designs will have a white background around it (or you have to cut out your designs before you heat press the transfer onto the t shirt). I then began looking at DTG printing and the cost of those machines is stupid as you are loo0king at £8k for a half decent machine money I just do not have. I then began looking at vinyl cutters which look okay and the vinyl cutting machines range about £600+ however it does not look as though you are able to print images and I need to print images because that is what Im am basing my whole t shirt business around!

    Has anyone got any affordable solutions for printing customers images that is CHEAP to get going?


    Unfortunately there aren’t any other ways to print onto colored t shirts with white (except for dye sublimation printing which only works on polyester t shirts). You can buy the a4 OKI white toner printer for around £2000 although the size is quite small you could always print on 2 a4 sheets to increase the size of you designs or something like that… but if £2000 is still too much for you I would suggest just sticking to printing onto to just white t shirts and waiting for either oki to bring the prices down or some new kind of self weeding transfer paper to be developed which can give you white without the need of white toner or a white background… which may take some time.

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