Want to make your own T-shirts? You’ll need a screen-printing machine, also known as a “heat press.” A heat press machine is the best method for apparel printing because you can use them for a variety of designs and print on a plethora of materials.
A heat press works by heating a metal surface called the platen. Once the platen is heated you must apply pressure, and once the pressure is applied to the heated surface, it transfers the decal, print or image onto the T-shirt or material you are printing on. When buying a T-shirt printing machine, you want to look for a digital timer and temperature control, adjustable pressure knobs, and you want to keep in mind what size garments you plan on printing on so that you buy a machine that will fit your needs – literally.
Whether you’re starting an apparel company, printing tees for charity, or just want to have an outlet for your slogans, artwork and ideas, screen printing machines let you put your creativity to canvas. They’re more affordable than you think too, making it a lot easier and a lot cheaper to DIY than to try and take these tees elsewhere.
1. F2C 5-in-1 Professional Digital Transfer Heat Press
The F2C 5-in-1 Professional Digital Transfer Heat Press Machine has a large 12″ x 15″ heat press surface that gives you a wide area to create all different size designs on a variety of materials. This machine can print on hats, mugs, plates, pads, and T-shirts. This is a reliable heat press for its price, and while it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some higher tech heat presses, it has all the basic functions a heat press needs. It is a great companion for the at-home crafter.
2. F2C Pro 6-in-1 Combo Heat Press Machine
The F2C Pro 6-in-1 Heat Press Machine allows you to print on up to six different material types. With this versatile machine, you can print on anything from T-shirts, hats, mugs, plates and more. This new model features a 360-degree swing rotation function that lets you adjust your print at every angle and prevents accidental burns.
This machine’s user-friendly design makes it easy to use for beginners, kids, and pros alike. It has a wide range of functions, a non stick heating surface, a wide temperature range, and the ability to be creative with its wide motion range. This is a reliable hot press for professional or personal use.
3. Super Deal Pro Digital Swing Away Heat Press
The Super Deal Pro Digital Swing Away Heat Press can print/transfer on T-shirts, garment bags, mouse mats, ceramic tiles, plates and more. It can easily transfer images onto cotton, metal, ceramic and glass. This machine comes with a digital LCD timer and LCD temperature control. The LCD timer lets you preset the time and an alarm will sound you when the time is up. This feature helps prevent overexposure of heat. The digital LCD temperature control makes sure the machine stops heating when it reaches the temperature you set it to. This machine can be used for every day use and long production use in a commercial or home setting.