Printing T-Shirt Sleeves

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Printing T-Shirt Sleeves

Postby Ella D-L » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:37 am

Hi Jonathan!

First of all I just wanted to say thank you for all of your amazing videos! I am a self taught screen printer and designer, I started a little clothing company from my home in England in 2016 and your videos have helped me so much!

Currently I have a job printing 25 shirts which I have designed for a local business which I will be printing at a bigger workshop but I need to make a sample first which I want to print from my home studio. They want the image I designed on the front of the shirt and a shortened version of their web address on the shoulder sleeves.

My current set up is a single colour manual press with a square t-shirt platen, I've just watched your video on sleeve printing and I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how I might be able to improvise without a sleeve board. I realise that this is probably going to be a tricky thing to achieve but I thought it would be worth asking if you had any ideas. :)

Thanks again!

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Re: Printing T-Shirt Sleeves

Postby Catspit Productions » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:08 pm

Thanks for watching my videos, you’re very welcome. I’m glad I can help out through them. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know how my video work has helped you out.

Without knowing specifically what the artwork looks like and the exact placement, I would be shooting in the dark with any ideas on how to do it without a sleeve pallet. But you can make your own sleeve pallet. If your press has 3/4 inch MDF board pallets, then simply get a piece of kitchen counter top MDF material and cut it out to the shape of the sleeve pallet you want like a 5x20 tapered sleeve pallet. Then use one of your brackets that you have to attach to the sleeve pallet. If you only have one of them, then use it for the job and put it back on the standard pallet when done.
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