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Heat Transfer Vinyl Tips and Tricks Part 2!

Hello, everyone! As mentioned in the part 1, here's the part 2 of our Heat Transfer Vinyl Tips and Tricks series. Remember there are ways of making your crafting experience easier and these #Vinyl101 are the best way to solve any minor mishaps or troubles.

 

Part 1 of this article covered 10 Tips and Tricks that will come in handy while working with Heat Transfer Vinyl. Now, we're going to give you another ten #Vinyl101. What are you waiting for? Let's get started!

 

 

10 Tips and Tricks for making Heat transfer Vinyl go smoothly.

    1. Easy way finding your cut lines on your Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl.
    2. Use good lighting while weeding your design.
    3. Properly pressing a layered design.
    4. Sign to know when the HTV was over-pressed and how to prevent it.
    5. Removing residue from your substrate like the adhesive stain from the HTV.
    6. Solid surface when pressing HTV.
    7. Things to know before washing your HTV projects.
    8. How to remove a messed up HTV project.
    9. Pre-washing your substrate before applying HTV.
    10. Preheat first so your HTV will adhere better to your substrate.

 

 

1. Finding the cut lines on your Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl.

 

Are you having a hard time finding the cut lines on your Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl while weeding your design? Here’s a #Vinyl101 for you.

 Sprinkle some baby powder on the cut glitter heat transfer vinyl design. By doing this, the baby powder will reveal the cut lines and you can now weed your HTV easier and faster.

 

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This trick will also work on any vinyl, even on Adhesive Vinyl.

 

2. Use good lighting while weeding your design.

 

When it comes to weeding your Heat Transfer Design, here's another #Vinyl101 for you. For a better weeding experience, it is preferable to use good lighting. Whenever you are weeding, weed somewhere with a good lighting like beside a window. This way, you will see the lines better especially on a glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl.

  

3. Properly pressing a layered design.

 

Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl can either be a success or a failure. But don’t worry, because this #Vinyl101 will give you the tip that you need in layering your Heat Transfer Vinyl on your substrate.

Whenever you are layering Heat Transfer Vinyl, give each layer a quick and short presses, for about 3-5 seconds each to give it enough heat to adhere the vinyl on the fabric. And then when all layers are finally adhered on the fabric, give it a last press for about 3-5 seconds to make sure that your HTV is completely adhered on the fabric. By using this tip, you can prevent the vinyl from overheating.

 

4. Sign to know when the HTV was over-pressed and how to prevent it.

 

For this #Vinyl101, we will be giving you some signs that will tell you if your Heat Transfer Vinyl was over-pressed and how to prevent it from happening again.

 After pressing your design to your substrate, if your Heat Transfer Vinyl has some kind of wrinkles or bubbles in it, that means your Heat Transfer Vinyl was over-pressed. To prevent this from happening, keep in mind these 3 letters - TPT!

 

T is for Temperature, every Heat Transfer Vinyl requires different temperature, in order to prevent over-heating you need to know what temperature you should apply in your heat press.

 P is for Pressure, same with the temperature, you need to know how much pressure you should give while pressing your design. Sometimes, when you give it a lot of pressure when pressing, it causes wrinkles and it will also lead in over-heating. Give your design the pressure that is needed in order to apply it perfectly in your substrate.

 T is for Time, this is necessary in preventing over-pressed HTV. You need to know the proper time of how long you should press the HTV for you to avoid wrinkles and bubbles.

 If the right TPT is followed, you HTV won’t have any wrinkles and bubbles. And by doing this, this will lessen the hassle in your project!

 

 

5. Removing residue to your substrate like the adhesive stain from the HTV.

 

When we accidentally make mistakes on our HTV projects, we try to remove the HTV from the substrate by heating it up and picking up the HTV. But sometimes, it leaves residue to the substrate like the adhesive stain from the HTV. With this #Vinyl101, you can now say goodbye to these stubborn stain.

 Use a Petroleum Jelly and a sensitive detergent. Rub a small amount of petroleum jelly into the adhesive stain you are trying to get rid off and add the sensitive detergent. Rub it in a circular motion and wait until the adhesive starts to clump up. After this, rinse the substrate with warm-hot water. You can repeat this process until all of the adhesive stains has come off.

 

 

6. Simple tip when pressing HTV.

 

Here’s a simple but a good #Vinyl101 for you when you are pressing a Heat Transfer Vinyl!

 Press your project on an even, flat, and sturdy surface. This way, the heat from the heat press or iron will be distributed evenly on the project. This will also help you avoid any bubbles and wrinkles from your project and the design will easily transfer to the substrate.

 

 

7. Washing your HTV projects.

 

One of the most frequently asked questions with HTV is, can you wash it with washing machine or not? In this #Vinyl101 we will be answering that question and throw some tips!

 YES, you can wash your HTV projects with washing machine, but here are the list of things you need to consider before doing it.

 

Do not use hot water when washing your HTV project because your HTV will react with the heat and might peel off in your final substrate.
Make sure to turn your shirt inside out before putting them inside the washer.
As much as possible, do not use dryer to dry your clothes. Again, the heat might cause your HTV to peel off.

 

washing your htv heat transfer vinyl
8. How to remove a messed up HTV project.

 

Have you ever messed up an HTV project and needed to remove it from your substrate but you don’t know how? This #Vinyl101 is here to help you!

 Get a 100% acetone and put some on a cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball onto the vinyl and let it sit for a while, then start to peel it off of the surface.

 

 

9. Pre-washing your substrate before applying HTV.

 

When you are working with fabrics as your final surface for your HTV, it is better if you pre-wash it before applying HTV.

 Fabrics tend to shrink after being washed, so if you apply the HTV before washing, it may result to a wrinkled HTV designs.

 

10. Tip for making your HTV adhere better to your substrate.

 

Do you wish your HTV to stick better on your substrate? We have a #Vinyl101 for you!

 Make sure to pre-heat your substrate first. If you are using household iron, simply iron the material before ironing the HTV on and if you are using a heat press, press the fabric first for a few seconds before pressing the HTV on the fabric.

 By doing this, it will help your HTV to adhere better on your final substrate.

 

 

That's it! The part 2 of #Vinyl101 or Tips & Tricks is now complete. If you'd want more tips and tricks, or if you'd like us to do a part 3, send us a message on the social media sites provided at the bottom of this page! You can also send us a message if you have any questions about the #Vinyl101 projects listed at the top, or if you've attempted them and want to show us how your project turned out!

 

Thank you so much for sticking with us all the way to the end! We hope you find this article to be very useful! Part 1 of this article can be found by clicking here:

 

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