dealsyudu™ personal screen printing system @ michaels…

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@heymo: Yea, I posted this yesterday and for some unknown reason it was deleted

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guess you can't order one online? Nearest Michaels to me is 129 miles away :(

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Has anyone tried one of these? Looks fun, but if it does crap work I don't want to waste a hundred bucks.

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According to one review I read, the consumables are fairly pricey, and don't have that good of a yield. It is also only capable of low resolution printing, and requires modifications to print on dark fabrics.

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correct woad, the ink, emulsion and other essentials are very expensive. They also make it look very easy to do multi color apparel - it is not easy! got the same gear printed from a local screen printer for much cheaper and better quality. Disappointed I paid full retail for this POS.

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I was interested in a screen printer a while back, and did some research on this one. My friend had one that I used once.

It's got a steep learning curve. Don't expect to make it work on your first time or two. It works best for making t-shirts with not a lot of detail. If you want to do detail work, you'll definitely want to pick up a finer mesh screen, a better quality squeegee, and better ink. Since you'll be buying ink anyway though, that's not too bad.

This machine ultimately wasn't for me, but this is the cheapest I've ever seen this product- and it's certainly the cheapest screen printer on the market by a huge margin. I think if you took the time to get the hang of its peculiarities, it's a good option for casual (but enthusiastic) screen printers.

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I don't get it. What makes this unique that you can't buy your own ink and chemicals? I thought the main feature was creating the image on the frame with the built-in ultra light, which any screenprinting chemicals are going to respond to. And ink is ink. Obviously there is a difference between Acrylic, Oil-based, etc. that are normal in the screen printing world, but what make Yudu any different than Speedball?

Oh and for the record I've done screenprinting since highschool. Unless you properly mark everything and have the shirt stationary when you switch out inks it is near impossible to do a proper multi-color t-shirt. If you are moving the shirt every time, good luck. I usually get a cardboard form to wrap the shirt on and tape it down to the table. My frame setup has a detachable hinge system so when I'm done with ink I just take it off the hinges, wait for the shirt to dry, and put my next frame on the hinges to be 100% the shirt (or whatever) doesn't move at all.

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From Provo Craft, the same company that brought you Cricut, the incredibly overpriced cutesy scrapbook cutting tool with even more incredibly priced add-ons. Stay away.

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Seriously, DO NOT buy one of these. I ran my own screen printing business and can tell you that this is pure marketing. You will not be able to make wearable shirts with this. Maybe you'd be able to make a few black ink on white shirts, but anything more complicated then that forget it.

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For $99 you can source the parts for a modest screen printing setup online and get pretty good results. I build my own frames and save a bunch that way (more accurately I can run several frames/colors for the price of one pre-purchased frame). The comments about alignment and multicolor printing are correct - I wouldn't go near this product.

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Thanks for all the responses. I'll pass on this one.

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While the Yudu does stank you can get refills from the awesome folkes at Ryonet here: http://www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/yudu-printing-supply-inks

I have a large printing press and buy most of my supplies from them and their prices and support are great.

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http://www.amazon.com/Speedball-Ultimate-Screen-Printing-Kit/dp/B000SKRHX0/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1310687147&sr=8-11

that's pretty much what i started with, and it's fine. get the right bulb from a photo store and a piece of glass and you can be cranking out shirts in no time.
i was kind of interested in getting the yudu for a while, with it being all self contained and "simple" to use, but all the reviews i read pretty much tore it up
if you're really interested in screen printing, get a kit like this one and try it out for real.

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I would suggest watching a youtube video on silkscreening. See all the steps involved. Ultimately a lot more goes into the process then one would think. This machine I am sure can produce a shirt but if you are really looking into start with a video. Then purchase a cheaper used unit on ebay. Some local screeners will create screens and for the beginning printer this can be quite helpful. Ultimately the time involved to print a vellum and expose a screen is pretty involved and can lead to lots of headaches.

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This is a complete waste of your time and money. If you really want to learn screen printing, see if your local artist collective has a shop and offers classes, or take some night classes from a university. This looks like a glorified stenciling machine, not for actual screen printing.