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I have the supplies in my apartment. Most guides I’ve reviewed seem to imply there is no way around trial and error. Please share useful tips and tricks.
My grandfather passed this invaluable advice on to me before he died in a kiln explosion: "The screen is lowered down onto the printing board. Ink is added to the top end of the screen, and a squeegee is used to pull the ink along the full length of the screen. This presses the ink through the open areas of the stencil, imprinting the design on the product underneath."
Wise words. Thanks for sharing.
The screen needs to sit just above the substrate (material being printed) so it "snaps" off as you pull the squeegee. Not a lot, "just enough".

Anyway, have fun. I was a screen printer for 10 years but that was 30+ years ago.
Could use some useful tips and tricks...
wear gloves
True for hard substrates but that kind of "off contact" setup isn't necessary or even helpful when printing textiles.

Snap off is absolutely required to get a clean edge even with textiles.

>have literally drawn a squeegee across hundreds of thousands of shirts, hats, jackets, etc.. in a commercial environment.
>>have literally drawn a squeegee across hundreds of thousands of shirts, hats, jackets, etc.. in a commercial environment.

So have lots of mouthbreathing retards who have no fucking clue what they don't know

Garment printing is to technically demanding quality screenprinting what blowing contractor grade paint straight out of a five gallon bucket in tract houses with an airless sprayer is to finishing a top of the line concert grand piano.
ITT people who have been to prison give advice to clueless white boy.
Whatever you do, don't buy the shitty blue vevor press.

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