Heat press machines were basically designed to transfer vinyl so it comes as no surprise to see them used as the best way to actually accomplish the job!
In the last article, we have already showcased how easy it is to actually imprint a logo onto something and now we are going to do the same with vinyl.
To be perfectly frank, there are some things to consider and while our goal in this article is to show you the simplicity of using a heat press machine to play with vinyl, we also want you to be equipped with all the knowledge that is necessary for the task.
A few things to keep in mind during the entire process
a) The temperature by which the imprint is being stickied is VERY hot, ensure that the material won’t melt.
That is best done by either Googling the heat point of certain fabric and comparing it to the temperature of your heat press machine.
Quite conversely, you could also follow the manual that is given out on almost every purchase of a product.
b) Keep In Mind That Your Apparel Will Shrink
We are here talking about temperatures that are measuring far beyond the boiling point of water so you can expect your vinyl to shrink in size as it is being imprinted.
Secure the size of your apparel beforehand so the adjusted size doesn’t catch you by surprise!
c) The materials used to actually transfer the heat are not the problem!
You can basically choose between glossy, glitter or even fuzzy- meaning that the materials used for the transfer aren’t that susceptible to the temperature change.
That is very important to keep in mind as a huge chunk of the end product depends on the transfer material being used in the process.
d) Once you have your design ready, use a plastic backing during the heat transfer
That will not only protect the vinyl but also secure that the end product is evenly imprinted and that the entire process runs smoothly as pressure is applied on an even basis.
e) Use towels, but make them thick, will ya?
The first time I did this type of job, I made the rookie mistake of using a very thin towel during the ironing process.
My towel was no more, that is the conclusion of that little experiment.
From there on, I made sure to only use thick towels and they worked perfectly.
f) Let the design cool off, don’t rush things
In today’s fast-paced society, we try and rush things to make them go faster.
By that, we only doom ourselves to sloppy work as time is needed for each and every endeavor in life!
Be patient and let your design cool off for at least one to two minutes.
Pro tip: If it gets TOO hot, you can peel if of a bit!
To sum up, transferring vinyl is basically the job of a heat pressuring machine and one shouldn’t have many problems doing so.
This article might make it seem harder than it really is, but it was only with the thought of safety and experience that this write-up was written!
Happy heat pressing.