ENRICH YOUR STYLE WITH STRIP FLOCK HEAT TRANSFER VINYL
You've probably heard or seen how beautiful Heat Transfer Vinyl to fabrics can be on the internet and wondered how you could do it perfectly. So, you're going to do some research on it, watch video tutorials, or read blog articles like this one. Let me tell you a little bit about this Heat Transfer Vinyl, and then I'll tell you about one of the best kinds of HTV vinyl you can use for your vinyl projects and business-the Strip Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl! Strip Flock is making a lot of noise in the crafting industry, and many crafters have already fallen in love with it.
Heat transfer vinyl is a specialty vinyl material used to decorate or personalize T-shirts, garments, glass, tote bags, mugs, and wood. HTV Vinyl contains a heat-activated adhesive backing, which allows the vinyl to permanently transfer to your garment when heat pressed with sufficient time, temperature, and pressure. The simplicity of the Heat Transfer Vinyl process contributes to its popularity. HTV vinyl does not require years of experience in the printing industry, making it an excellent choice for beginners. A heat press machine can also be accommodated without sacrificing a lot of floor space. It allows you to print on a variety of materials, use a wide range of unique colors, patterns, and textures. Moreover, its price is affordable yet will give you a high-quality outcome.
Crafters who have just begun their Vinyl projects may find it unusual, to begin with, another type of heat transfer vinyl to adhere to their mediums. Of course, we want a perfect outcome for our Vinyl projects. That is why we take great care in researching the new vinyl materials we intend to use.
It can take a long time to find new products to try and even longer to figure out how to use them. That is why we decided to compile all of the information you need to know about Strip Flock Vinyl right here. Some of the most frequently asked questions by our dear crafters are listed below.
So let us begin with the basics.
STRIP FLOCK VINYL: WHAT THE FLOCK!
Heat Transfer Vinyl is a popular material in the crafting industry because it comes in various styles and colors. After you've learned how to use Printed Pattern HTV Vinyl and Printable HTV Vinyl, allow me to introduce you to your new crafting material. Today, we'd like to focus on this frequently asked question: "What is strip flock heat transfer vinyl?"
Strip Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl is a thicker vinyl with a suede-like texture. It is soft to the touch and adds a unique dimension to your projects. Most customers will describe this vinyl as a less expensive alternative to embroidery. It is a special type of heat transfer vinyl with a lovely raised soft and fuzzy texture. It is also the industry's only flocked vinyl that can be layered on top of it. Layering allows you to take full advantage of the beautiful color selection and easily create textured, visually appealing garments!
Strip Flock Vinyl is a great upgrade Here is why:
- Strip Flock that can be layered on itself.
- It is CPSIA Certified so that you can decorate kid's items safely.
- It can be a HOT or cold peel (so no more waiting)
Now that you know what Strip Flock Vinyl is, it's time to upgrade your vinyl projects and business!
STRIP FLOCK VINYL: FLOCK IT, POP IT!
Crafters consider the mediums they want to use to ensure the adhesion of HTV vinyl. It is advisable to use strip flock vinyl for fabrics because of its suede-like texture and velvet finish.
Flock vinyl is fabulous on kid's clothing because it adds a level of softness and cuteness to their clothes.
You could also enjoy using flock vinyl to create professional logos for staff uniforms. The vinyl texture helps distinguish the logo from the clothing – after all, you want your logo to stand out and be noticed! Flock vinyl is one way to achieve this.
Flock vinyl is also great for sports lovers because it looks great on hoodies, caps, and team shirts.
We've also discovered that flock vinyl works particularly well on certain surfaces and fabrics, such as:
- 100% cotton
- Poly/cotton blends
- 100% polyester
Let me give you some types of projects which are best to use with this product:
Pillows: Let's be honest. We enjoy decorating pillows with various types of vinyl. So, if your sofa set includes pillows, you can add some unique designs to them with strip flock vinyl! We enjoy personalizing the designs we want to put on something to make it more special and to show guests our creativity.
Baby Onesies: With the fuzzy texture of this product, it's the absolute go-to material for infants. I am sure they will also love the cute designs they are wearing!
Logos: You want your business to stand out? So why not use a vinyl that does the same.
Faux Embroidery-To achieves this look; you'll want to layer a thin style vinyl (like Easyweed) and add an offset with Strip Flock Vinyl to the outside. That's a great design idea!
WHAT IS STRIP FLOCK VINYL MADE OF?
I want to go over the basics of Strip flock Vinyl, so this HTV vinyl is composed of three distinct layers. The very shiny front is our clear carrier sheet, a thick plastic piece. It's like a built-in high task mask or a transfer tape. So basically, you don't have to use these two to pick up your designed vinyl. Then there's our Strip flock vinyl behind, which will peel off of our carrier sheet. This is where the soft velvety finish can be found. The soft velvety finish and the back are where our adhesive is, activated when heat is applied. When working with any heat transfer vinyl, avoid wearing lotions and creams because they can interact with the adhesive and reduce its durability. You could also wear an oven mitt to avoid nasty burn when working with a heating machine!
The bold colors make Strip Flock Vinyl excellent to add dramatic effects to your fabric.
The texture and material are the primary differences between Flock and smooth heat transfer vinyl. Flock vinyl is fuzzier and pops up for dimension, whereas smooth vinyl is flat and, of course, smooth. Smooth vinyl is more delicate, whereas flocked vinyl is tougher, so it could be used as an alternative to embroidery.
What's going on? Is there an alternative to embroidery?
Yes! That's the good news you will read today! Since flock vinyl has a raised velvet-like texture, it mimics the appearance of embroidery, making it a low-cost alternative. I am confident that with another high-quality option to offer your customers, your Vinyl business will boom immediately, regardless of budget.
Flock is ideal for full-color designs on sweatshirts or the backs of jackets at a low cost and in less than 5 minutes of labor time. It enables your customers to select the best option for their budget. Also, Flock Vinyl is ideal for lightweight garments that may not withstand the weight of embroidery threads, such as women's cotton t-shirt. When embroidered, a two-color t-shirt design on cotton t-shirt may become too heavy. Additionally, embroidering a large image and graphics on a garment can be costly and time-consuming. Flock Vinyl's raised textured finish makes it possible to achieve a quality look while remaining lightweight on the garment. And, if you need a professional-looking logo on your employees' uniforms but have a limited budget, this could be the solution. It gives you a professional appearance at a much lower cost.
LAYERING STRIP FLOCK VINYL: SAY YES TO MULTI-COLOR DESIGNS!
Strip Flock Vinyl is a heat transfer vinyl with a suede texture and a raised feel. With a wide range of color options and the ability to layer, this product will provide you with the one-of-a-kind appearance you strive! Strip Flock Vinyl can also be layered on top of itself, just like the classic version, for even more impressive effects!
Strip Flock Vinyl's deep, opaque colors make it ideal for retro designs or any time you want a premium look. It is perfect for use on caps, bags, and garments that require textured visual interest. Cover with other materials or more Strip Flock after using this as a base layer! This material's ability to be layered tells the user to use multi-color designs!
Strip flock vinyl can be layered on top of other types of vinyl. It can be pressed on top of regular HTV vinyl to create a border around the text, an image, or another design. And you can also layer strip flock vinyl on strip flock vinyl. It brings the design to life and makes it stand out!
Now, we're going to layer strip flock vinyl to another strip flock vinyl. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to layer your strip flock vinyl:
- First things first, gather all your needed materials like strip flock vinyl, cutting machine, tweezers, heat press, and of course your T-shirt. Your strip flock vinyl must be in contrast. If your first layer is dark, choose a light color as your second layer and vice versa.
- So let's assume that you will adhere your name to your T-shirt. The first layer is black, and the second layer is white. Cut out your name on your cutting machine with appropriate cut settings. Make sure that the size of your designed vinyl will fit perfectly on the size of your shirt. Also, don't forget to mirror your design!
- After cutting it out, weed out the excess vinyl using your tweezers. Don't be too fast in weeding, as it may tear your strip flock vinyl!
- Now that it is ready to press on heat pre-heat your t-shirt for 3 seconds. Put the first layer on it. You can use a ruler to make sure that you adhere to your designed strip flock vinyl at the perfect angle.
- Put a Teflon sheet or parchment paper and press it for 5 seconds at 320 degrees Fahrenheit using medium pressure.
- Let it cool completely before peeling off the carrier sheet.
- Once you have already peeled off the carrier sheet, layer the second strip flock vinyl onto it.
- Again, put a Teflon sheet on your layered strip flock vinyl.
- Press it at 320 degrees Fahrenheit using medium pressure for 10 seconds.
- You can turn it over and rub it to cool it down completely before peeling off the carrier sheet.
Layering different types of Heat Transfer Vinyl is absolutely fun to do, but then, what should you pay attention to when combining or layering different Heat Transfer Vinyl?
Because of the ease of use, I'm sure you're all eager to try out some experiments with your HTV vinyl. Remember this tip for layering your HTV vinyl, whether it's regular HTV vinyl, printed pattern HTV vinyl, printable HTV vinyl, or strip flock HTV vinyl.
Pay attention to temperature, time, and pressure. When using an iron or a heat press to stack different layers of heat transfer vinyl on top of each other, you may encounter problems if the temperature, pressure, or time settings are incorrect. When pressing on multiple layers, keep in mind that the first layer receives the additional heat from each additional pressure. Assume you printed a four-color design for the recommended 15 seconds per layer. The first layer would have a total pressing time of one minute, which would not look good.
Furthermore, if the vinyl is pressed on the heat for too long, it may shrink. The message is thus to heat the first layers for a short period of time (1 to 5). This is especially important for proper design alignment.
SETTINGS FOR YOUR STRIP FLOCK VINY: GOOD SET, GOOD OUTCOME!
Setting the machines needed for your vinyl projects is the best thing you have to do first because it varies and depends on the types of vinyl you will use. Whether it is a heat press, heat gun, easy press, or clothes iron, your heating machine has different heat settings that are appropriate for your vinyl and medium.
So, if you are now ready, let's start making crafts using Strip Flock Vinyl!
HOW TO APPLY:
SELECT!- As with all vinyl projects, you must choose your preferred design for your medium. So, if your fabric is dark, it is much better to choose a light color of Flock Vinyl such as white, yellow, green, cyan, and so on. Choose a dark-colored flock vinyl to emphasize and highlight your design if your fabric is light. Your design can be any graphics you want to put on your medium. It could be your name, Bible verse, favorite cartoon character, and emojis.
MIRROR! After choosing your design, make sure to flip or mirror it before cutting. Because you'll be ironing it face down on your fabric, your design will be backward if you don't flip it.
CUT!- Now load your flock vinyl on your cutting machine. If you have a Cricut machine, set it like this; Blade: Standard
Blade Setting: 4.
Don't worry, I included some cutting machines, and later on, you will know the settings of each device.
WEED!- Remove the excess vinyl from around your image/lettering once your design is complete (this is called weeding). You can use tweezers to weed the extra vinyl perfectly without tearing the designed vinyl.
PRESS!- Using a heat press, set your heating machine in 320°F/160°C Temperature, Medium pressure, and about 15-20 seconds pressing time. Preheat all fabric for 3 seconds before pressing for best results! Place a Teflon sheet or parchment paper on top of your fabric as well, then press it carefully.
A friendly reminder, my dear crafters; Every type of Heat Transfer Vinyl has its own recommended pressing time, temperature, and pressure settings, so do your research to avoid scorching your HTV vinyl. Hotter is not always a good idea; if you apply too much heat, the vinyl will not adhere properly, or it may shrink, and of course, you don't want to damage your fabric too!
PEEL!- You should also determine whether your vinyl can be peeled hot or cold. This refers to removing the clear carrier sheet and whether you can do so immediately after pressing (hot peel) or if you must wait until it has fully cooled and the adhesive has had time to set (cold peel). Make sure to double-check before anxiously pulling off that carrier sheet; you don't want all of your hard work to go to waste. Let it cool down first before peeling off the carrier sheet when using Flock Vinyl.
For a long-lasting adhesive of your Strip Flock Vinyl, follow these washing instructions:
- Wait 24 hours before the first wash
- Machine wash warm or cold/mild detergent
- Dry on normal dryer setting
- Do not dry clean
And that's it! You can now enjoy the new texture of your designed vinyl. That was so quick and easy to follow right? So, what are you waiting for? Get up and start Craft Vinyl with us!
STRIP FLOCK VINYL: READY, SET, CUT!
So now I'm going to walk you through cut settings to get the perfect cut of your designed vinyl! Strip Flock Vinyl is a pretty thick vinyl, and it's awesome when you apply it because it has that nice fuzzy look. But, cutting it can be kind of tricky, so it's better to try out some different test cuts and figure out some good cut settings that work for your cutting machine.
Each manufacturer should specify the requirements for cutting and pressing particular vinyl. It will also be determined by the type of cutter you will use. But, once you get the hang of it, using strip flock vinyl isn't too tricky. As previously stated, you will need a vinyl cutting machine to cut your strip flock vinyl. It's also worth noting that flock vinyl necessarily requires a deeper blade than smooth vinyl. The machine software will help you in selecting the proper cut settings.
To ensure that your cutting machine cuts correctly, it's best to start with small sample size. Just follow this general guideline carefully to cut your Flock HTV perfectly!
Because this HTV vinyl is so different, they require different cut settings. When cutting smooth vinyl, you can use the standard cut vinyl settings, but when cutting flock vinyl, you must increase the depth to allow your blade to cut through the textured Flock. So, once you've decided on a design, place your strip flock vinyl on a cutting mat. Before cutting out your designed strip flock vinyl, always mirror the design. I've listed various cutting machines and cut settings to help you cut your strip flock vinyl perfectly.
Blade Setting: 4.
Scan N Cut:
Blade: Standard, 4
Cut Speed: 1
Cut Pressure: 2
Gram Force: 80-90
Speed: 30 cm/s
Gram Force: 10
Speed: 30 cm/s
MH, SC2, LP3, and Titan 1:
Gram Force: 100-110
*Blade Advancing Varies
Titan 2 & 3:
Gram Force: 100-110
*Blade Advancing Varies
STRIP FLOCK VINYL ON CRICUT SETTINGS
Cricut cutting machine is one of the best and trusted cutting machines for crafters. All primary cutting machines can easily cut strip flock vinyl with the proper cut settings. Also, if you're using the Cricut cutting machine, it's a good idea to read the instructions first. You can also use the Silhouette CAMEO 3 or the Brother Scan N Cut in addition to the Cricut. We must not overlook the importance of mirroring our design before cutting. When working with heat transfer vinyl, the shiny side of the material always goes face down for cutting.
Set your machine to "Iron-On +" and then test to see if this works for a Cricut cutting machine. You must ensure that the knife goes through the Flock and not through the transparent back.
As with any new vinyl or a new machine, you must first do a test before making a final cut. Take a moment to cut a design and see if it works. Change what needs to change, and then go for it. That's a simple rule when cutting out any type of vinyl for you to achieve the desired outcome.
Strip Flock Vinyl will add texture to your fabric and beauty to your vinyl projects. This vinyl is a great choice for a more dramatic effect if you're making crafts. Now, I'm pretty sure you're all amazed by heat transfer vinyl because it always brings you new features that you'll surely love! I can't wait to see your Strip Flock Vinyl Projects, so why don't you share them with us?