Yudu Personal Screen Printer
|Price:||$404.99 + $20.34 shipping|
- Personal silk-screening system for apparel, home décor, and more; ideal for use on cotton and poly-cotton blends
- Includes printing machine, mesh screen, emulsion sheet, squeegee, adult t-shirt platen, platen adhesive sheet, blank ink-jet transparency, and 2-ounce bottle of black ink
- Easy-to-use control panel operates printer's light, exposure, and fan operations; requires access to computer and ink-jet printer
- With instructional DVD and user manual included; unplug printer before wiping clean with damp rag, or when not in use
- Measures 32 inches wide by 21 inches deep by 11 inches high; limited manufacturer warranty
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Top Customer Reviews
Applying the emulsion in sheet form (rather than as a liquid with what's called a scoop-coater, as you would in traditional screenprinting) has been the most challenging part of the learning curve for me (and most others, it seems). But like any tool, it takes time and back-up supplies to learn it so do yourself a favor and have at least 2 sheets of emulsion on hand, a lot of patience, and a first project that is not on a tight deadline. The trick is having the screen wet enough but not too wet (since you're essentially doing something in solid form that's ideally applied as a liquid) and this will take practice.
BUY A 220 MESH SCREEN:
Once you get the hang of emulsion application, you may want to add a 220 mesh screen to your supply inventory since the 110 mesh screen that comes with the machine won't be fine enough to handle most text-based projects or designs with lots of detail. I got the YuDu primarily for client-based work, primarily text-based, and my own art projects, which are more graphic design based with some text.Read more ›
Here are the things I like and dislike about the machine:
I like the exposure unit since this seems to be the issue with traditional screenprinting.
I like not having to deal with chemicals - the exposure sheets are easy to use.
After botching the first screen, the second was a breeze - the screen came out great and made a bunch of pulls experimenting with inks and paints. All of the images came out great!
* I think it's really pricey for what it is, but I used a circular flyer coupon and saved a lot on my unit.
* The first go-round I didn't have the screen wet enough and consequently my result was a wasted emulsion. I blame this on...
* The DVD it comes with is just TERRIBLE. It's really annoying, not serious and did not help at all. I could not get past the fact that they were in a garage in one part with FLIES flying around them!
* It does not come with the emulsion remover so make sure and buy it or if you ruin your first try you can't wash it off to try again. There is nothing worse than having to wait when you want to play!
* The unit is HUGE - it has a 17" X 26-1/2" footprint.
They recommend that you use their inks but I used my fabric paints I had on hand and they worked just fine.
Overall it was pretty easy to use (after I ruined the first one to figure it out) even for a novice like me!Read more ›
I followed the tutorial online step by step. I wasted both emulsion sheets in the process. Being a beginner, the tutorial shows a woman using a spray bottle generously to get the emulsion sheet attached to the screen. She then lets the emulsion dry in 20 minutes. I tried this, and the emulsion was still wet, so I gave it another 20 minutes. After coming back, it was still a little wet, but I was unsure if it became "too dry" whether or not the plastic would become cemented to emulsion. The instructions included are vague, and make this process seem a quick step by step without giving any word of potential issues.
This happened to both emulsions, before I realized on the second emulsion that it took way longer than 20 minutes to dry this. Once again, I followed both the instructions and the book, and they both made it seem that one 20 minute cycle (hitting the fan and walking away) was how to handle the emulsion.
My issue at this point is that I live on Long Island, with 2 JoAnn's, and 3 Michaels and 2 AC Moore's all within 25 miles of me. I have driven to each and every story every other day for the last week, and none of them sell emulsion sheets. I tried contacting Yudu, and after explaining my problems, they told me the only place these emulsions were available were at JoAnn's and HSN.
Anyway, if you consider using this product, just be aware of the potential problems that come along with it. If you mess this up, Yudu won't help you, and if there is no emulsion available in stores, you are SOL. I wish I could give you an idea of what the shirt came out like, except I couldn't get past the drying process.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really only used this item once, but it worked as I expected it to.Published 27 days ago by George
Way to cumbersome to use!! I have sooo much trouble with the films properly adherering to the screen! Maybe one day I'll have time to REALLY sit down and learn it!!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Works smoothly came with extra paint :) .... just the timer doesnt work when i use the fan bt thats not really a problemPublished 14 months ago by harley
The Yudu is an incredible tool which I have made money with for some time. If you want to be anything like cost-effective, STAY AWAY FROM THE EMULSION SHEETS. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rosie
The product was sold to me as new. It arrived with the box sealed as NEW! I did not open it as soon as it arrived because I was learning about silkscreen printing and didn't want... Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by KAREN L STEWART
It has served my purposes well and was delivered very quickly. The Yudu was a good buy but it was a little challenging to operate.Published on January 4, 2014 by ChanyStar
I've had my Yudu for two years now. I cannot find supplies anywhere but on amazon now since Michale's caries the much cheaper Tulip stuff. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Lisa Ireland