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Page 32 of 103 27 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 S o, you've got yourself a heat press, and you've figured out how much business you can generate by using transfers to dec- orate T-shirts. at's fantastic! And some of you are happy to continue running your custom T-shirt business and gener- ating income that way. Others might say, "OK, what's next?" Here is the good news: You can print more than just T-shirts with your heat press. In this article, we'll review a few of the additional items we'd recommend trying out. Remember, any time you are using a new substrate, we recommend going through the testing process again to ensure you have the correct heat and pres- sure. You may also want to use different types of transfers for different substrates. HOODIES AND JACKETS Hoodies and jackets are easy add-ons to your T-shirt business. Printing these items, depending on the material, can be very similar to printing a T-shirt. One thing to keep in mind with print- ing thicker garments is that you need a heat press with proper clearance. If you are looking to print in higher volumes, we recommend graduating to an automatic machine. BAGS Accessories like bags are always in demand with consumers and being able to customize them will give you a leg up over your competition. Sports bags, school bags, travel bags, fashion bags Greg Farmer has 10 years of experience in the apparel and accessories industry. He handles machine sales for Insta Graphic Systems in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and is based in the greater Dallas, Texas area. Images courtesy STAHLS' Image courtesy Howard Custom Transfers

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