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#Vinyl101 - Tips and Tricks when working with Heat Transfer Vinyl Part 1!

Hi there! In this article, we will be talking about more tips and tricks when crafting a new project. These #Vinyl101 will help you make your crafting experience less hassle and more fun!

 

Last time, we have listed several #Vinyl101 to help you out when working with Adhesive Vinyl projects. This time, we will be giving out another 10 tips and tricks when you are working with Heat Transfer Vinyl projects.

 

So without further ado, let’s get into it!

 

1. Use a Hair Straightener on small HTV Projects.

 

Whenever you are working on small substrates or surfaces, you can use hair straightener to press the HTV. This way, you can control the placement of the HTV more than when you are using a heat press or iron. This trick could also help you to reach the surfaces that heat press or iron can’t reach on small projects.

 

2. Use warm to cold water when washing your HTV projects.

 

To prevent your HTVs from cracking and peeling off of the substrate, use warm water or cold water when washing your HTV fabric projects. The adhesive of the heat transfer vinyl is activated when it is in contact with heat, so if you use hot water when washing the project, the adhesive might be activated and will cause peeling or cracking.

 

3. Perfect sign to know when the HTV is pressed perfectly.

 

After pressing the design on to the substrate, check your HTV and you should be able to see the texture of the substrate on your heat transfer vinyl. If you can see the texture of the substrate on the HTV, that’s a good indication that your heat transfer vinyl has fully adhered on to your substrate. If not, that could mean that your HTV hasn’t completely adhered on to your substrate and that you should press it for a little bit longer until you can see the texture we are looking for.

 

This #Vinyl101 is perfect to avoid over-pressing the vinyl and ruining it, because of too much heat.

 

(Note: This trick works best if your substrate is a type of fabric.)

 

4. An efficient and more convenient way of mirroring.

 

As we all know, when working with heat transfer vinyl, we have to mirror the design before sending it to cut. But sometimes it could take so much time to mirror each and every layer especially if our design has multiple layers. With these #Vinyl101, we’ll help you to save so much time and effort.

 

After working on your design, before sending it to cut, select or highlight all the images you want to cut and then flip the image horizontally. This way, you’ll be able to mirror all of the layers in just one click! Make sure that all of the layers are flipped before proceeding into cutting the design.

 

This trick will also save you from forgetting to mirror the design and wasting your vinyl.

 

5. Put all the layers together.

 

When working with a layered design, it could be confusing and hard to keep track of all of your layers, especially if your design has a lot of layers. So, to make sure that you’ll cut everything out and it fits together the way it should be, assemble all of your layers and put them all together.

 

Another #Vinyl101 you could try is to put numbers on the carrier sheet of your HTVs. In this way, you’ll know exactly which layer/piece would go first.

 

6. The right way of prepping your final substrate.

 

Prepping your final substrate plays a big role in order for your heat transfer vinyl to stick better. That’s why for this next #Vinyl101, we will guide you on how you should properly prep your final substrate.

 

First is to pre-wash - when working with fabrics as your final substrate, we strongly recommend to pre-wash them before applying the HTV. Fabrics tend to shrink after being washed, so if you apply the HTV before washing the fabric, there’s a possibility that the HTV will shrink with the fabric and may result to a wrinkled HTV design.

 

Next is to use a lint roller. This is to make sure that your substrate free of any lints, dust, and tiny particles that may affect the adhesive of your heat transfer vinyl and might cause peeling.

 

And lastly is to pre-press the substrate. Pre-pressing the final substrate would help you apply the HTV easier and faster. The heat from the heat press or iron will dehydrate and remove any moisture from your final substrate. It would also remove any wrinkles and creases that may hinder the vinyl to adhere on the substrate properly.

 

7. Use a teflon sheet when pressing the HTV.

 

Before pressing the heat transfer vinyl, make sure to cover the top of the vinyl with a teflon sheet. This to prevent your vinyl from melting and sticking to your heat press or final substrate.

You could also use a heavy duty magnets to hold the teflon sheet to your heat press. By doing this, you will never forget to put a teflon sheet before pressing your heat transfer vinyl since the teflon sheet is already attached to your heat press!

 

8. Find the center of your shirt!

 

Having a trouble on placing your heat transfer vinyl because you can’t locate the center of your shirt? Here’s the perfect #Vinyl101 for you to easily find the center your HTV on a shirt!

 

First is to fold your shirt in half (shoulder to shoulder). And then press it until there’s a small crease down the middle. Next is to fold the design in half (sticky sides-facing out). And lastly, is to line up both of the folds and start pressing your design into the substrate.

 

9. Use masking tape or painter’s tape on glitter HTVs.

 

Glitter HTVs are thicker than the normal HTVs and we know the struggles of keeping them stuck on the mat while cutting them. Use painter’s tape or masking tape and tape the edges of the HTV onto the mat to prevent them from peeling off the mat while cutting them.

 

10. Weed on a warm surface.

 

When weeding your decal, try weeding on a warm surface like the bottom plate of your heat press. This way, the HTV will slightly heat up and will help you pull/weed the vinyl easier than before.

 

Note: This #Vinyl101 only works for HTVs with a sticky carrier sheet.

 

And that’s it for this article! We truly hope that these #Vinyl101 will help you on your future projects. If you want to know more tips and tricks, let us know by sending us a message on our social media accounts. Or you can check out our posts there as we post #Vinyl101 regularly. We also post new products, project inspirations/ideas, store discounts, and more!  Also, check out our online store for your heat transfer vinyl and adhesive vinyl needs!

 

Stay tuned for the part 2 of this article to know more #Vinyl101 Tips and Tricks!

 

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