What are the best Sublimation Resources? (Printer, Ink, Blanks, etc)

Hey everyone! I’d love to get your recommendations for all things Sublimation! :blush:

  1. What is the best sublimation printer? We have a video on the a76271636e3b1811267f65f35c9ae086, do you use a different printer?

  2. What ink do you use, and where do you get it?

  3. What sublimation paper do you use?

  4. What is your favorite shirt brand to use? I know it has to be over 65% polyester (the more the better).

  5. How do you know what you can sublimate onto?

  6. Where do you get your sublimation blanks?

  7. Bonus question (added later): What program do you use to print your sublimation designs?

  8. Bonus question (added later): What heat press do you have?

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1 - I use a converted Epson EcoTank 2720 – I love my Epson! However, I’ve also never used anything else so I don’t have anything to compare it to.

2 - I use 56e4884a2f7705bca06c269a60a7e4cd and I buy it from Amazon. One thing I love about this brand is that you can buy 4ef86d38532edd716dade73c64233618 and not in a 4 pack of ink. This is great because you will likely run out of black ink before the others! :smiley:

3 - I use 22d5ae547b819fbbdea10213e5776ccc which I also purchase from Amazon! :blush:

4 - My favorite shirt brand is Gildan. If you want to bleach them they will need to have some cotton in it and the 7d8a10d1e22322f9b1adc0f4cdf7fe12 shirts are great for this!

5 & 6 - Many products will say they are for sublimation but you will want to confirm this by looking at the reviews. For example, there are many tumblers on Amazon that say they are for sublimation when they do not have the poly coating that is needed for sublimation. I purchase my sublimation products from places like a65f536a663cde2c01f0f360d3a0493c, cafdf87fe1cd63d03557f3be16007caa, 5d90d68ecfa59873af86a1fcb432e075, and sometimes you can find great subliamtion blanks on Etsy as well!

7 - I use photoshop to print my designs from.

8 - I purchased my press from Ebay here 107097e233d3a4b67d9b08cdadb21d93 it comes with many different attachments, mug, plate, and hat. I personally wish I would have gotten a 15" by 15". I do love the swing away though!

  1. I use an Epson 2720. From what I’ve seen/researched there’s no difference (sublimation wise) between the Epson eco tanks other than print size. The 2720 is capable of 8.5x47” and the 15000 is considered wide format and can do 13x19. I’ve had two 2720’s and while I loved the convenience of buying them at a local store…if I ever were to do it again I’d buy the Epson specifically made for sublimation and use their inks. I had color problems with both printers and two different inks. It would’ve been nice to have the Epson support help me troubleshoot but they offer no warranty on converted printers.

  2. I used InkPro2Day in one and SquidInk in the other. Purchased both from their Etsy shops. Printers Jack and Cosmos are also highly rated and PJ’s you can order from Amazon. Almost all sublimation ink companies also offer pigment inks, so make sure you order the correct inks! You want to make absolute sure that it says Sublimation Ink.

  3. I use A-Sub 125 and love it! Purchased on Amazon.

  4. I have two favorite shirts. Gildan Softstyle Heathered colors (the heathered colors are the only ones that have enough poly in them). They bleach well and hold sub ink nicely. I also love Tultex Poly Rich shirts. They are buttery soft and sub great. I haven’t tried to bleach them though.

  5. Sublimation ink adheres to polyester or a polymer coating. Without those two things, the ink will not stay and/or not be vibrant. I tend to stick to purchasing blanks specifically stated that they are for sublimation and purchase from reputable businesses. Lots of at home crafters like to experiment and while it’s fun to see what will sub, I always like to state that some products are not skin safe and food safe. It saves no money or time by taking shortcuts in the sublimation world. Polyurethane (polycrylic) is not something I’d want to wear on my body and I personally do not consider it skin safe for clothing. This is especially important on children’s clothing and if you are selling. Putting it onto blank mugs is another thing I’d avoid. It not only could eventually chip off, it is not something I’d choose to ingest/put my mouth on. Plus there is no way to prevent brush strokes when applying it onto a ceramic mug. Sublimation coated mugs are cheap enough, and highly tested to be both food safe and give you the best outcome image wise.

  6. I purchase blanks from a few places! 8be7b942f9c95a63028d660e62c4efbe is amazing. aec3830f11f5e8639d12195d03991b8e is also amazing. Both offer free shipping after a certain purchase amount and also discounts on bulk orders.

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a9fb521d0cf20e7aeeb9787e67ef6dca 1d3f044e343b390899cc4a078d8bfb7d thank you both so much for taking the time to explain and give advice!! It’s much appreciated :heart:

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  1. What is the best sublimation printer? We have a video on the ae3ab4be049c39cf495190f4d1133d8e, do you use a different printer? I use this printer and also an Epson WF-7710 (discontinued). I have also heard good things about the Epson ET-2720 (more budget friendly but still an Ecotank model for ease of use).
  2. What ink do you use, and where do you get it? I use Cosmos Ink from Amazon and have also used InkXPro from Amazon, both with good results.
  3. What sublimation paper do you use? I use A-Sub paper from Amazon.
  4. What is your favorite shirt brand to use? I know it has to be over 65% polyester (the more the better). I really like the Jerzees 21M for 100% polyester and the Gildan Softstyle for 65% (bleach shirts and very vibrant colors).
  5. How do you know what you can sublimate onto? Mostly purchase from sublimation vendors, or see amazing finds in Sublimation groups from other crafters experimenting.
  6. Where do you get your sublimation blanks? My favorite sublimation vendors are Craft Chameleon, Conde, Johnson Plastics, Coastal Business. There are a few others but I check these vendors before moving on.
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ec4739610baef6c7dd59f00c9f56ffd9 thank you for answering Becky!!! :slight_smile: Sooo helpful! :heart:

I use an Epson 2720 with Cosmos Ink and A-Sub 125g paper. I’ve bought blanks from several different places. JPPlus has nice quality items, it depends on what you’re looking for.

I haven’t really done many shirts so I can’t answer that question, but I do know they need to be a high poly count for good results.

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d9316ff5756d1089800a591b063cda23 thank you for your input!! :heart:

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I have the Sawgrass 400 and I love the brand. I however wish I had done more research and purchased the 800. The 400 is great for small stuff, but I needed to do bigger things and don’t have that option without buying a bigger printer.

I use Sawgrass SubliJet-HD SG 400/800 Cartridges from Heat Press Nation.

I also buy my TexPrint R Sublimation Paper - 110 Sheets - 8.5" x 11" from Heat Press Nation.

I don’t sublimate on a lot of shirts, but I usually use the Gildan G640 Softstyle. The heathers are 65/35 poly/cotton blend.

I buy things from vendors specifically for sublimating. poly coated mugs, polyester felt air fresheners, poly coated magnets, dog tags, polyester pillow covers. You can also purchase a coating to apply to things that aren’t sublimation ready.

I buy blanks from many different places, Amazon, Jiffy Shirts, Heat Press Nation, Save a Cup & Coastal Business. There are also Facebook Buy in groups, but please vet those very carefully.

I use Inkscape for my sub designs and then the Sawgrass Print Manager.

I bought and inexpensive heatpress from Amazon back in 2018 and it’s still going strong. I have a free standing mug press and just bought the Cricut mug press.

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Hey Jordyn,

Great questions!

Printer: 699864c8186e6ea11d02bf4e63ba8f42
Paper: a1b7681f5887b4a57707e36194ab315f
Shirts: f4130396f8b48c99058d89f68e3f61ef

Sublimation Blanks: Make sure the item description states sublimation blank and at least 65% polyester.
I buy my sublimation blanks from many different places. Here’s a list:

Sublimation Blanks:
cf8c15553b4aeed99be104c5d74d9c3d (Mugs, Tumblers, Shot Glasses)
76f2334b8243111e94ca26231c00807e (Car Coasters, Cutting Boards, Tea Towels)
e8f20363122b3fa68e698535e553f59c (Air Fresheners, Keychains)
0d2d20db8123514f3e889726f582f98b (Tote Bags, Makeup Bags, Baby Bodysuits)

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  1. I use an Epson WF-7710, and I love it. It allows me to 13x19 when necessary. I believe that they are no longer being sold, but it is good to get a printer that allows big prints!
  2. I use Hiipoo Ink, and you can get through Amazon, super affordable, vibrant colors and quick shipping.
  3. I love Joto Sublimation paper.
  4. I use M&O Heather Blend 65% poly, 35% cotton for subbing, gives a more distressed look, but prints very nice, and the shirts are so comfy and soft.
  5. Make sure it is sub coated or more than 65% polyester (read the tags). Best to buy your blanks from an actual sublimation supplier.
  6. I’m in Canada, I get my blanks from ba821865e637a61229676d4fb3fcef87, ac4a2a9091c3bc01b38ad1f68f55570e and fe3311a99ff275d9af594740f3fa44aa
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4d699cf551790bda1645e3ccac152703 and 22e206b987adcc6b3c1defa03b1fc846 thank you both so much for taking the time to answer!! :heart:

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I’d like to add that you do not need a heat press for Sublimation. There are tons of products you can use to sublimate, and those products could all be used by different heat elements.

Some options include: a d423ec598f1e467505d586f055ae020b, heat press attachments, the 9654eededfa63d4a6827ef59cd92c5b0, the bc1dabb9141b76fc4998ca58812d16c1, and a c9a9f019084e54445f29fe50de87e394. I’ve linked some of our tutorials to those.

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Thank you for posting this. I have been wondering the same exact things and google is just making me more confused.

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0347626221591aa2024c4da659c81d15 you’re very welcome! :heart: I’m glad it is helpful for you!

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Hey everyone! I’d love to get your recommendations for all things Sublimation! :blush:

  1. What is the best sublimation printer? We have a video on the bf4f535bc242ad90c8aaaf7c6f3f21c2, do you use a different printer? I have the Epson 7720
  2. What ink do you use, and where do you get it? Chucktownink from Etsy
  3. What sublimation paper do you use? A-SUB from Amazon
  4. What is your favorite shirt brand to use? I haven’t done shirts yet but, Bella Canva shirts and Gildan Heather 65% poly
  5. How do you know what you can sublimate onto? I research on youtube. They have to have a poly coating.
  6. Where do you get your sublimation blanks? I have heard of Jiffy Shirts and also I purchased tumblers from 1d8766b8cca89013446dd0efde40192e
  7. Bonus question (added later): What program do you use to print your sublimation designs? I use Affinity Designer
  8. Bonus question (added later): What heat press do you have? I currently have a heatpress I purchased on Amazon d1c3da120cfb2d66325cdd9bb8839573 and I also have a Hamilton Beach XL Oven for my tumblers
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Thanks

Hi 6ad331d63aca128d04a463d9fd7b02ce welcome to the forum! Thank you so much for adding your resources :smiley:

Thank you so much for explaining all of this. I am new to the sublimation and trying to look things up was really confusing.

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Hello Robin!

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