The Yudu screen-printing system is the easiest, cleanest way to let everyone know who you are and how you see the world. Don't settle for what everyone else is wearing or spend hours futilely trying to find a t-shirt that expresses the real you. With access to a computer and an ink-jet printer, you'll be able to create and print your own designs not only for t-shirts or other apparel, but also for home decor, art prints, posters, cards, schoolwork and much more! With this revolutionary personal screen printer, you can let your voice be heard today, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Unsilence yourself today with the Yudu Personal Screen Printer.
I wanted to do my own shirts for my Aguppywear business and bought a kit online. Was very quickly disappointed howvere with some online research found a company called Ryonet that has supplies. Their supplies and inks for the Yudu make the machine usable. Good thing on this machine if you buy the liquid emulsion and screens from Ryonet you can do quite a bit with it because the machine has the lamps and printing surface all in one. Don't waste time or money with any Yudu supplies they are worthless. Before doing anything I'd visit http://www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/ and do some reserch I wish I had done.
For a beginner who needs to learn the basics, this is a nice start. As an experienced screen printer, this sucks. Screens are nowhere near as taut as they need to be, registration is difficult, inks are really thick and don't last even after heat set, and their "professional" squeegee is the Playskool equivalent. This is good for the soccor mom/occasional crafter crowd- If you're serious about silkscreening, don't bother with this.
Please Please Please look into other options such as a thermofax screen, simply screen inks and other options before purchasing the yudu machine. This machine takes up a lot of space, you always have to have emulsion sheets for the screen (even though you can find them cheaper online, you still need them as compared to a thermofax screen you do not.) This machine does not provide good quality or consistent quality if you are doing more than one shirt per screen. 8 times out of 10 the ink does not spread completely even to the entire design. Please check out the shop I found on etsy.com (FibraArtysta.etsy.com) You can buy a screen for under $10 and ink and keep it forever. Also more flexible(easier to store and use and NO emulsion!
This is great all-in-one screen printing unit for anyone wanting to do custom prints. Do yourselves a favor, and pick up some Screen Filler, Drawing Fluid and Speed Clean by Speedball Diazo (or similar products). It saves having to use the uber-expensive emulsion film. If you want to use emulsion, get the liquid form. It's considerably cheaper, and works just as well. The provided emulsion cleaner will also clean it off. And, you can use ANY type of screen printing ink with this. Don't let them fool you into thinking you can only use their (over-priced) products. Speedball, Versatex, etc, work as well (if not better) and clean up just as easily. Be sure to pick up some extra inkjet transparencies (HP, 3M, etc), too. Have fun!
The minute the Yudu arrived I printed a design I had composed onto the transparency and then simply followed the Step by Step instructions on the inclosed DVD and in no time at all I had my first Quality Screen Printed TShirt... I absolutely love it! I will never again have to pay over $20 for my screen printed shirts!
There is a learning curve to this but as soon as ou figure it out you will have it. The one thing that they do't tell you is that you need to take the plastic sheet off of the emolition before you wash it after burning on the design. I did this just to see and it was way better. I also get my emolition on ebay. You can get 10n sheets for $35 with shipping.
I have read some of the above reviews and am a bit surprised that nobody has mentioned this: Buy a pad of craft paper and practice with the squeegee and inks before you dive into making a final project. When I learned to silkscreen at school, we always made sure to do a practice run of any new print or shirt onto paper first! You can see where the image will line up, and see if you are using too much ink.came out right.
I got this for an xmas present and was so excited. My toddler and I pulled out shirts we were going to screen print with princess designs - I figured out how to get four on one screen - however - we couldn't get the emulsion to stick and then it burnt on leaving marks on the screen. We have now wasted 3 emulsion screen and haven't gotten it right yet. It is not an inexpensive habit - but we will forge on and maybe come back with a better review.