I know some of you might disagree but I have found this device to be invaluable. Now, if you are already knowledged in the art of screenprinting then of course you do not need one but for those of you who have never picked up a squeegee, it's a great way to learn. And it really does beat freezer paper stencils. You can get all those inside details that are a pain with freezer paper.
Now, there are some drawbacks to the Yudu which I address here. If you can overcome these hurdles then you will have no problem with the machine. I'll admit that I almost gave up when I first attempted to use it. The instructional video addressed none of the issues I encountered and I had to figure out how to remedy those problems on my own. But after I did it was cake.
I also talk about how to save on costs with the yudu in my previous article. If you buy strictly Yudu materials it might be cheaper to do your project with companies like Zazzle if you are doing one tee at a time . Of course, having your own personal screen print shop can be handy if you want to print on items not sold on Zazzle, like fabric.
For the book I'm authoring I'm going to be printing my own fabric for one of the dresses. What I had in mind could not be found anywhere and I have to use close to five yards so I didn't want to pay for the cost of using a service like Spoonflower. Although if you're doing one or two yards they can be a great alternative to making your own fabric or compromising on your fabric choices.
I have used my Yudu for all kinds of projects outside plain tee shirts. And if you are the kind of person who likes to make their Christmas gifts, look no further. Custom invitations are great too. Looks a lot better than a laser printer ink.
Another alternative to a Yudu is a Gocco. I wouldn't recommend a Gocco because it is smaller and about the same price as a Yudu plus you have to buy new bulbs everytime you make a new print. But it can be a lot faster to print with a Gocco as the prints are 'stamped' rather than 'pulled'. But more importantly, Gocco is no longer producing machines and no longer making supplies so I would not recommend buying one. If you already have one, then great! No problem. I just wouldn't go out of my way to purchase a used one.
If you are considering purchasing a Yudu I highly recommend checking out my review. It isn't easy for everyone but once you get the hang of it, it can be quite rewarding.
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