What do you need to buy to be a direct-to-garment printer? Sometimes when we deal with something day in and day out, we forget that those new to the business still need the most basic of information. A common question I get at shows or on the phone is, “What do I need to buy?” There are basically four items you need to purchase to be a complete direct-to-garment production shop.
- Printer – We all have our machines of choice. I’ll just say do your homework on dependability, warranty, service and support.
- Method to Pretreat – Only two acceptable methods, automatic pretreater or Wagner power sprayer.
- Heat Press – As we always say, don’t cut corners here. Clam shell with auto release is the best option for this printing method.
- Supplies – additional ink, pretreat solution, silicon paper, and of course the right shirts suited to DTG printing.