There are a lot of reasons why you might want to start screen printing at home. For one, you might find that there are no local print shops next to you and the overall cost will be cheaper. Sometimes small companies and non-profit organizations find it to be far cheaper to create their goods by themselves rather than pay someone else to do it for them.
Another reason people start screen printing at home is because they would like to provide their own artwork to people on merchandise such as t-shirts, hoodies, and more. Lastly, screen printing can be a fun project by itself, and you might simply want to learn how to do it to create a fun keepsake.
But what do you need to get started with screen printing? First and foremost, you should be familiar with the process. Screen printing refers to the process by which you use a mesh stencil and ink or paint to transfer the image to another surface. You're most likely familiar with screen printed shirts and other fabric goods.
The advantage of screen printing is that the results are long lasting and very professional when done correctly, long outlasting other methods such as fabric markers or printable transfers. However, because you do create a higher quality result, the startup costs of screen printing and the time involved are significantly higher than methods like fabric markers or printable transfers. Still, you'll likely find the time and effort are worth it!