What is Merchmakr?

Merchmakr is a super compact screen printing system that includes everything you need to get started making your own T-shirts—except the shirts themselves. Unlike regular screen printing kits, it has an exposure unit for making your own screen stencils, and it does multicolor designs because it has our awesome, patent pending HotSwap registration system. What is HotSwap? It’s a special clamp we designed to let you change out screens fast, along with a screen registration tab that helps line up the colors in your designs quickly. No other screen printing press in the whole world has it, because we invented it!


  • Print multi-color with HotSwap!
  • Compact, portable footprint
  • Includes everything you need!
  • High quality instructions and support!

What does the kit include?

  • Merchmakr Screen Printing Machine
  • Merchmakr Exposure Unit with safe light
  • 1 HotSwap capable 155 mesh aluminum screen
  • 1 12" 70 durometer squeegee
  • 1 aluminum scoop coater
  • 10 sheets of 8.5" x 11" waterproof transparency films
  • 1 8oz container of Matsui water-based white ink
  • 1 8oz container of Matsui water-based black ink
  • 1 pt of Merchmakr Dual Cure Emulsion
  • 1 pt of Merchmakr Emulsion Remover

What can you do with Merchmakr?

So many great things! Get your start as a T-shirt designer with your own line of shirts. Bands can print their own merch. Upcycle thrift store clothes with your own art and express what makes you unique! Sell your own designs on sites like Etsy. Jump start a custom screen printing business of your own. Print promo t-shirts and uniforms for your business as you need them. Print shirts for your kid's little league, or help your kids to make their own shirts. Print and decorate shirts at parties, and everyone leaves with physical reminder of all the fun they had. Heck, if you are running your own Kickstarter, don't pay someone else to print your incentive T-shirts (everyone gives T-shirts away), print them yourself!




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Can I Start a T-shirt Business with Merchmakr?

April 23, 2014

If you’ve been contemplating starting a small T-shirt business, and you’ve been looking at the Merchmakr system by DIY Screen Printing Supplies, this article is for you. There are many kinds of T-shirt business you can get involved in, and some of them are more suitable for making money in general than others. In screen printing, you can use the very same screens, merchandise, and equipment to run very different kinds of businesses. That being said, I will also add that some people are more adept at business than others. It is often said, in business, you “pays your money, and you takes your chances…” My intention in this article is to help you make an informed decision. Let me...

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Why We Created the Merchmakr

February 06, 2014

Once upon a time I invented a build-it-yourself screen printing press. I spent a good effort ensuring that anyone could build it and that you could get professional results when you used it. We sold the plans online for about $10 and had a modest amount of sales. As it turned out, after paying for advertising and other expenses, we lost somewhere around $100 every time we sold one. We could have made more money giving fifty dollar bills to strangers and thanking them for not shopping with us. One day I walked into a craft store and saw the Yudu all-in-one screen printer. I instantly hated it. I thought the design flaws were so obvious --surely no one would...

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The Creation of the Merchmakr Screen Printing Press

September 25, 2013

We're getting set to launch our first Kickstarter campaign. It may seem like we are at the beginning of a journey, but merchmakr has been over a year in the making. Here's some of the stuff we've done throughout 2013 just to get us ready. Experiments and prototype manufacturing galore. Back and forth with oodles of manufactures, from fabricators to extruders, and mold makers to rapid prototyping firms Asking our existing customers tons of questions about what they want and why they need it design and redesign using many different CAD programs including FreeCad, Sketchup, Rhino, and Inventor lawyers and patent applications learning the difference between pipes and tubes Endless trips to Lowes and Home Depot Speaking in the tongues...

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