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5.26.2010

To Yudu or Not to Yudu








{Reported by Ashley Harris}When I first saw the Yudu in action, I was pretty impressed. It opened the possibility of making fun designs on t-shirts, table cloths, bags, etc. I wanted to get my hands on one to try it for myself, so I did. Now let's see if it is really worth the hefty price tag of $299.00 that comes with it.

Ease of Use: Now this one is a hard one. Once you have practiced a little, then it becomes easier. However, with practice comes the price of buying more product to "practice" with. For example, my first time using it. I put the emulsion sheet on the screen and let it dry in the drier. After the drier turned off, I assumed that it was completely dry and pulled the protective plastic sheet off. Well it wasn't completely dry and some of the green sheet came with it. I did this twice. OY!!!! After the second time I called customer support and they were very helpful and told me to use a hair dryer to speed up the process. I did not use a hairdryer, but ran it through the dryer on the machine twice. Even then it didn't completely dry, so I then used the hair dryer and it was fine. So, use a hair dryer rather than the machine's dryer to dry emulsion sheet-it's super fast and easy too. Everything else was cake to use.

Construction/Durability: The construction of this machine is extremely durable and I think it will last you a long time. However, I can see that the mesh screens will be needing to be replaced after quite a few uses. Which is to be expected as is replacing your Cricut's cutting mat.

Usefulness: This is a screen printing machine and hence it will only do screen printing. However, the usefulness is being able to screen print many different items. That is where I like the ability to stretch your imagination and creativity.

Cost effectiveness: Here is the tricky part. For the $299.00 price tag I am not sure it is worth to have as an everyday appliance so to speak. If you feel that you can afford it and have fun with it, then by all means DO IT, but if you are on a budget, you might want to start saving for this baby.

What I liked:
- I liked that I could cut out/print out any design I wanted, burn it into an image and print it on my "canvas".
- I liked I can basically print onto any surface that you would want screen printed. Album covers, t-shirts, purses, etc.


What I disliked:
-There are many useful products that can be purchased for this machine, but are not included in the initial purchase. I would like to have had the emulsion remover as part of the kit. Because it isn't you can only print one image with the screen until you have removed the emulsion and can burn another image. There is also a hand registration to help you line things up, but that is sold separately. For the price you pay, there should be more in the box. The products in general are pretty pricey and I would like to see them come down.



What I made:


Canvas Library Tote:

With this tote I just used one of the YUDU art images you can purchase. Pink ink and added a few brads. So easy! The ink dries fast too.



Beautiful t-shirt:
With this shirt I cut out the images from the Cricut Cartridge Home Decor. I then used packing tape and taped it to a transparency. To get the gradient color I just put the colors next to each other and with the squeegee, swiped down at the same time. EASY. Cute huh!?

I would have done a video tutorial on this, but I just don't have the equipment for it. My flip just wasn't going to cut it on this one. Be sure to check out the video here at www.whatdoyudu.com.


TIPS:

* Use a hairdryer to dry emulsion sheets. Don't even bother with the machine's dryer.
* Cut down the emulsion sheet to the size of your image to save $, but be sure to tape everything off that you don't want ink on.
* Use different parts of the screen for different images also to save $.


Where and How Much
Product Name: YUDU
Manufacturer: Provo Craft
MSRP: $299.00
Available at: Amazon.com, Cropper's Delight*, JoAnn.com

Bottom Line: This is an amazing tool that is fun to use. I loved being able to play with it and learn new things. However, the cost of the machine and all the supplies, make it less desirable as an everyday use machine. So if you want this machine, save your money. Buy the machine and use your coupons at your craft store to buy supplies for it and have fun!!

What do YOU think? Is this something you would like to have in your collection of machines? Do you find that you would have use for it?

11 comments:

Created for this... said...

I love the idea but if I had another machine or craft tool I think my family would have to have an intervention : ) I probably would have used this more when my children were younger and when I wasn't working.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I have wanted one of these...but I just don't have the money or the space right now. Thanks for the review:)

kgscrapper said...

I think this would be an awesome machine to own...if it wasn't so dang expensive!! As cool as I think it is, I just cannot justify spending that much on the machine, especially after finding out that there are so many needed extras.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [26 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Theresa said...

I honestly can't see myself spending that kind of money for a screen printing machine - it wouldn't fit within my "bag of tricks". But for someone who enjoys that type of craftiness, this would be a pretty cool thing to have around.

shelly said...

I got sucked in by one of their infomercials the other day and was really wanting a machine. It seems unfortunate that for that amount of money they can't make a dryer that works successfully. Why even include it then? Let's not pretend it's a feature on the machine if it doesn't work.

As for the expensive materials, this blog addresses that problem and her solutions: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-yudu-experience.html

Makes me wonder if I could do just as well without the machine itself - just with some transparencies, liquid emulsion, and mesh sheets...

PamS said...

When the machine first came, I really wanted one. But then I researched it and found what you have stated in the blog. Not everything that you need is included in the so-called starter kit. So besides the hefty price tag, you also have a cost of must need items. And I have have made it this long without one so now I think that I can live without it.

Wendy said...

I wanted it as soon as I saw it, but WOW the price. I have settled for Plaid screen printing, dries fast and is super easy.

petunia670 said...

This is a really cool piece of equipment, I'm fascinated by the infomercials... but I can't afford something like this. Great review though!

NanaBeth said...

I can pass on this one now but when my children were younger-I think I would have loved having one.

Vicki said...

I think the results are awesome but now a machine I would have a use for. Thank you for the review.