This year we had 345 shirts............Whew!!!!!!!! I do the design and email it off to a company in Kansas and they create the design on transfer paper and send it back to me in about 8 days. I have been using this company for many years now. I used to have my own screen printing equipment and would direct screen print right on to the shirt..... It takes up a lot of space and it is messy and requires a lot of clean up. So a few years ago I sold all the equipment and went with the company in Kansas and now they have all the mess and clean up and I just have to have a heat press.
I count and sort the shirts into sizes for my sweet husband and good looking son Chris, and then when the shirt is finished I fold and mark it off the list. It is a good production line. We started on Friday afternoon and worked for 4 hours and then worked another 8 hours on Saturday and then another 4 hours on Sunday.
Thought you might like to see what my shop looked like all weekend.
This is Chris pressing a shirt. It stays in the press about 15 seconds. That "lid" is very hard to close thus, they will not let me near it. They are the good guys.
Chris has the responsibility of getting that design straight on the front of that shirt. I you were standing here you would see that the design is visible through that paper. Thus he knows just how far down from the front of the collar that the top of that design should go, rule of thumb is four fingers, so it takes him several seconds to place the design.
(look at the pile of shirts at the end of the table, and that was after about 8 hours of work)
AND 125 of these shirts had the name on the sleeve, (I forgot to take a picture of that) so in actual fact there were 470 shirts to press....... So glad we are finished! (I think the guys are too!)
Here is the design up close. I hate that the color of the shirt looks so dark, but the shirt is a military green. They wanted the "M*A*S*H look this year. They were really pretty.
The silver color is called "Silver Shimmer" and it has a bit of a sparkle to it when the light or the sun hits it. Gave it a "dog tag" look. The orange is a very bright orange..... It sure looked good on that green shirt!
Shirts were delivered on Monday morning and they were thrilled. Another year behind us and I spent all day Monday and Tuesday cleaning up my shop.
There is a good profit in screen print shirts and I have been designing and printing since 1994. Chris started helping a few years ago to make extra money and he is thinking of taking the business over completely. I want to quit and make my dolls and other primitive items but just do not have the time with all the other jobs. I have given him till the end of the year to decide and then I am going to close the doors. I think he will do this, the only hard thing is learning the graphics. I use Corel x3 and am fixing to upgrade to Corel 14. I have been using Corel since 1991 and started with Corel 3. I have been approached several times to teach Corel here in town but I have declined. I have enough on my plate. It is a wonderful graphics program but hard to learn.
BUT He is a smart kid and he could really make good money part time.
We have another job next weekend but it is only 65 shirts but it is front and back so we call it a 130 shirt job.
Without telling all, this was a lot of work but the profit is WELL worth it. !
Hope you enjoy the pictures.............
I am up and going to work in the shop.......... I have shirts to do.................Ha!