How Do I Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl?
Applying heat transfer vinyl (HTV) to a garment is a simple process that requires a few basic tools and some knowledge of the proper techniques. Here are the basic steps to apply HTV to a garment:
Prepare your design
Cut your design from the HTV material using a cutting machine, and remove the excess vinyl using a weeding tool.
Prepare your garment
Preheat your garment with a heat press or iron to remove any wrinkles and moisture. Make sure the garment is clean and free from any debris or lint.
Position your design
Position your design onto the garment, with the vinyl side facing down. Adjust the placement as needed.
Apply heat and pressure
Cover the design with a Teflon sheet or parchment paper to protect it and the garment from scorching. Use a heat press or household iron to apply heat and pressure to the design, according to the manufacturer's instructions for the type of HTV you are using. Be sure to apply even pressure and heat to all parts of the design.
Remove the transfer sheet
Once the vinyl has cooled, remove the carrier sheet by peeling it off the garment. If any parts of the design are not fully adhered, apply more heat and pressure as needed.
Finish the garment
Allow the garment to cool completely before wearing or washing. If necessary, use a press cloth or Teflon sheet when ironing the garment to prevent damage to the HTV.
Applying HTV to a garment is a straightforward process that can be done with a heat press or household iron. With the right equipment and some practice, you can create custom designs on a wide range of fabrics and materials.