Being able to design and print your own line of clothing and homeware is an absolute dream and it’s way less complicated than you’d think.
In other reviews, you might have seen a lot of terms like clam, swing-away, platen, die-cut, sublimation, HTV and screen printed transfers without any explanation of what they are or what they do. It can all get a bit too much to get your brain around.
This guide is will help you sail through what you need to know in order to get yourself up and running. So before you know it you’ll be ready for the fun bit – whether that’s the excitement of starting your very own clothing and homeware line or just the pure joy of seeing your own custom made designs come to life for yourself, family and friends.
We’ll start by taking a look at the best heat press machines out there and then we’ll guide you through the basics of how to get started and we’ll also answer a few questions.
Use the links below to jump to any topic and don’t worry, a degree in physics is not required, we’ll keep it all nice and simple.
The Best Heat Press Machine:
TUSY Digital Industrial Heat Press Machine
The Best High-End Heat Press Machine:
Hotronix Maxx Digital Heat Press
|The Best 5 in 1 Heat Press Machine:|
TUSY 5 in 1 Heat Press Machine
- How Do Heat Press Machines Work?
- What Types of Transfer Can Use With a Heat Press machine?
- How to Use a Heat Press Machine for T-Shirt Printing.
The Best Heat Press Machines Reviewed
The Best Heat Press Machine: TUSY Digital Industrial Heat Press Machine
The TUSY Digital Heat Press Machine is our best choice and the best heat press machine for under $200.
To be honest, this pick doesn’t stand out that much over the rest of them and that’s because, at this price point, heat press machines are almost always Chinese imports. That means they are all pretty much the same, using many of the same parts, so there are only a few differences between each model.
I’ll go into that more in a second but what I can say is that US heat press machines cost considerably more. $1000 or more is not out of the question for a high-quality US made machine.
But really there’s no reason to get one of those unless you really know what you are doing and will be printing in large quantities, or going into business where you’ll be taking a lot of orders.
If you’re just starting out, however, I would recommend you go for one like the one we have chosen as our top pick.
For us, one thing that stands out about this one is that it has a handle on the bottom which you can see in the images above.
Now, this might seem like no big deal, but actually considering all these press machines are heavy, weighing around 50lbs they can all be a little difficult to open and close for some people – and that’s nothing to do with them being Chinese imports, it’s just the nature of how they all are.
Having this bottom handle really helps because it gives you something to grab onto with your other hand while you’re opening or closing the lid – much like if you open a book, opening it with two hands is easier than one.
It’s also got something in common with the more expensive models including our high-end pick – and that’s a double-bar top handle. Other machines at this price point usually only have a single arm handle, but this sturdy wide handle is more rigid, making it more durable and easier to grip. This will give you more stability when you’re actually using it and reduce the possibility of a wobble at that crucial moment when you’re clamping the lid shut because that’s the last thing you want when you’re trying to do precise work.
And that platen gets hot so having two handles helps keep your hands well away from the hot surface – after all, you really don’t want to burn your fingers by sticking them in and trying to prize the thing open.
So considering there isn’t much difference between the models this one is just easier to use and it doesn’t cost any more.
If you’d like to be able to print larger areas such a large adult tees rather than just smaller ones, you should go for a 15″x 15″ size which is the version we’ve chosen here. At this price point, they don’t come any larger than this but it would be unusual to need one any bigger, and don’t worry, it’s not too big, you’ll also be able to fit toddler tees on it. However, if you know you’ll only need to print smaller areas this won’t matter too much to you and you might prefer to go for a heat press machine with a smaller heat platen like this one and save a few bucks.
In case you are wondering what you’ll be able to print with this machine, you’ll be able to print more than just t-shirts here’s a few examples of things you’ll be able to print:
- Sweatshirts, and other garments,
- Tote bags,
- Mouse mats,
- Throw pillows and much more.
The downside to this machine, though, is that it can’t print mugs or caps and that’s because you would need mug and cap press attachments for that. If that’s something you’d want to do, scroll down for our 5 in 1 review.
If you’d like to know what printing materials you can use with this machine, here’s a quick list, but if you don’t know what any of these terms mean yet don’t worry we explain all of that in the section here later on:
- Pre-cut heat transfer vinyl (HTV),
- Sublimation paper
- Heat transfer paper
- Embroidered patches
- Screen printed transfers, otherwise known as plastisol transfers.
The machine will even handle rhinestones well using light pressure and a piece of cardboard to prevent the glue from sticking anywhere other than to the back of the stones and the fabric you’re sticking them to.
This heat press is a clam style heat press which is one of the two main styles you’ll see out there, the other one being the swing-away style.
Now the difference between them is that with the clam style, the lid which is not actually attached to the bottom platen, lifts up, much like a clamshell, while the swing-away style lifts horizontally and then you swing it to the left away from your workspace.
At this price point, the swing away style is more often sold as a bundle with other attachments such as in the 5 in 1 in our review below.
There are advantages of each, which we’ll talk about later, but if your focus is just to pint t-shirts etc. and you’re not going to need all the attachments to print mugs hats and plates, you’ll find the clam style much better as it’s such a great little space saver taking up much less room on your work table than the swing-away.
Another advantage is that it’ll also take less time to operate since you don’t have to swing the heat platen away from your work each time you make a transfer, and then back again for your next one. Admittedly you’ll only save yourself a few seconds but these seconds start to add up when you have quite a few tees, to work your way through.
Now for the last bit, let me just run through some of the extra things that I’ll need to say about the other features this machine has. I won’t go into too much detail as this is pretty much standard for all of them.
First of all, it has an LCD control panel on which you can set the time and temperature that you need. The temperature ranges between 0 and 500 degrees and the time range is 0 to 999 seconds. The required pressure is set by turning the pressure adjustment knob.
Here is a short marketing video about it so you can see it in action.
What We Like:
- The Handles Provide Stability and Support – Unlike its competitors, the TUSY Heat Press Machine has a handle on the bottom which gives you added stability and support when lifting the lid. There is also a double-bar top handle which provides stability and support when closing the lid.
- Low Price – It’s very affordable in comparison with higher-end machines making it ideal for beginners, hobbyists or new small business ventures.
- Easy to Operate – This machine works in just the same way as the much higher-end models without the high price tag. You still get an LCD panel with a timer that lets you set the time and temperature that you need, and the pressure is set by turning the pressure adjustment knob. The clock time is spot on for this machine and it only takes around 6 minutes to heat up to full temperature, that’s pretty quick. That’s basically it, and just so you know, your sublimation, or heat transfer paper, etc should come with instructions on the settings you will need.
Things To Consider:
- The Heat Pad is a Little Thin – It’s not super thin but it’s not quite as thick and heavy as it could be, so it potentially could curl or may not stay put as easily while you are placing your fabric over it. That said, it’s pretty much the same for all of these cheaper machines. The machine itself is very well built so if you do find any problems with the mat you just need to grab yourself a thicker one here. That way you’ll upgrade your machine without laying down a ton of extra money for a much more expensive model.
- No Cup or Cap Attachments – This heat press machine is perfect for t-shirts, tote bags, mouse mats, throw pillows, and more but if you want to print cups or mugs you’ll need a 5 in 1 machine that comes with cup and mug press attachments
- Not as High Quality as the US-made Heat Press Machines – At this price point, heat press machines are almost always Chinese imports and they are all pretty much the same and so there are only a few differences between each model. US heat press machines cost considerably more but are better made, are more durable and generally have a longer warranty. If you’re above a crafter level or you really know what you are doing and will be printing large quantities, or if you are going into business where you’ll be taking a lot of orders you should go for our next pick.
The Best High-End Heat Press Machine: Hotronix Maxx Digital Heat Press
The real difference between this one and all the cheaper Chinese imports out there is that this machine has a much higher standard of quality control in the factory it’s made in because it’s made in the US. It’s basically a huge step up, as you’d expect when comparing US-made stuff with Chinese imports.
The only issue with that though, is there’s a big step up in price too. That’s why this one is more of a high-end pick than the one we have featured as the “best” heat press machine in this guide. This one is better, but it sure reflects that in its price tag.
We have chosen the 11″ by 15″ platen size because it’s the best value for money out of all of Hotronix’s heat press machines, and losing those 4 extra inches is well worth getting that extra value for money.
Besides, most people aren’t going to be using those extra few inches, but if you do really want a 15″ by 15″ one, then you can take a look here on Amazon at that version, but the price really jumps up every extra few inches you get. There’s also the 16″ by 20″ version too if you’re a heat pressing maniac, but again, it’s a bit of a niche thing to need that much extra printing space.
Anyway everything I say after this point still applies to those other sizes, but I won’t be talking about any of them in particular any more because they’re just the same machine but bigger, and I don’t particularly recommend getting a bigger size unless you know for sure you’ll use the extra printing space they give you.
Now I’m not saying that the cheaper Chinese import machines are not well made, most are pretty durable and will get the job done for you, no problem. But if something were to go wrong, there’s only Amazon’s returns policy that you’ve got to depend on. With this one, however, you’ve got the back up of a lifetime warranty on the machine’s heating element, a 1-year warranty for parts and labor and lifetime technical support.
This heat press is also a clam style machine, it works in the same way as the TUSY machine we have looked at. At the risk of repeating myself, this style is much better for saving you counter space, and it takes (admittedly just a few) seconds less time to operate since you don’t have to swing the heat platen away from your work each time you make a transfer, and then back again for your next one.
When it comes to the printing side of it, the thing that’s going to matter most to you after you’ve spent all that time carefully preparing your artwork is that it transfers evenly all over. I mean the last thing you want is it peeling up at the corners or looking faded out in places and ruining your t-shirt or whatever fabric you’re printing on in the process too.
This can happen in other machines if the platens don’t meet evenly so they end up pinching in places, giving you uneven pressure, or if the heat platen develops cooler spots so that there are areas where there isn’t enough heat for the transfer to take properly.
With this machine, they’ve thought of a couple of clever ways to get around this and prevent it from happening. Firstly, they’ve given their heat press a patented over-the-center pressure adjustment, and that together with a floatational top platen which adjusts itself as the lid closes, will give you, edge-to-edge heat and pressure no matter how thick the surface you are printing.
Secondly, they’ve eliminated the chance that any cold spots will develop and ruin your transfer, by adding cast-in tubular heating spaced at 2″ apart. This increases the thermal conductivity of the heat platen, so every part of it stays just at the temperature you need.
The defining factor about this machine for me though, is how effortless it is to open and close.
You see with other machines the action of repeatedly opening and closing the top platen after multiple prints can get pretty tiring on your shoulder and arm, and after a while, they’re really going to start to ache.
This machine’s going to take a lot of the hard work out of it for you with its smooth shock opening action. What this actually means in real terms is that it has a little gas spring that releases when you open the lid, giving you satisfying pop and whooshing sound, but also, more importantly, taking the weight out the process for you.
If you’re going into mass production or if you’re just lazy, there’s an even auto-open version of this machine that will literally do just that – it’ll open all by its self when the time’s up, but as you’ve no doubt already guessed, that feature comes with a higher price tag.
Lastly, I need to mention a little feature that’ll make a big difference to how much room you’ll have to work with when you’re preparing your transfer, and that’s that where other machines only open to around 45° to 50°, the top platen on this machine, opens to 65°. Now that’s significantly wider than other machines and those extra degrees are important.
You see, the most time-consuming bit of the actual printing process is, more often than not, simply the time it takes you to lay your fabric out and accurately place your transfer into position rather than actually waiting for the timer to count down. So the last thing you need is to have to negotiate around a hot platen that’s a little too close to your hands for comfort. Those extra degrees will give you just that bit more space to work with and so help speed up your workflow as well as make sure you don’t end up with any unwanted burns anywhere.
Now for the feature that I need to mention which pretty much comes as standard for all these machines, and that’s the digital time and temperature readout that lets you set the time and temperature that you need – and just so you know, it’s spot on with this machine. The pressure is set by turning the over-the-center pressure adjustment knob.
If you’re wondering what this machine will print, it’s pretty much standard to all of them, if you missed the list, scroll up to see it here. The only exception with this one (and our top pick) is that it doesn’t print caps, plates, or mugs, etc., though there is a completely separate cap heat press machine designed by Hotronix specifically just for that purpose. If you want to take a look at it you can do so here, but just so you are aware because it’s a separate heat press machine in its own right, its price tag is going to reflect that.
A quick note – if you use the links on this page it will take you to the Hotronix Maxx bundle version heat press machines on Amazon, like the one shown under the top image to the right. We mention this because the machine is also available on Amazon at the same price without the bundle.
What We Like:
- Made in the US – Unlike the cheaper Chinese imports, with this machine, you are getting a quality heated press machine made in the US, with the back up of a lifetime warranty on the machine’s heating element and a 1-year warranty for parts and labor. You also get lifetime technical support.
- Smooth Shock Opening – It has an easy open-close action, helped by a gas spring that gives the machine a smooth shock opening, so you’ll never have to struggle to open or close it for that matter.
- Patented Over-the-Center Pressure Adjustment – Together with the floating action of the top platen that adjusts itself as the lid closes, this machine will ensure that you get even, edge-to-edge heat and pressure.
- Built to Last – The Hotronix Maxx has a scratch-resistant, baked-on powder coat finish. It also has a non-stick coated heat platen and it complies with the strictest US safety standards.
- Cast-in Tubular Heating – Set at 2″ apart, this will ensure you never get any cool spots.
Things To Consider:
- Considered Purchase – There is quite a big price jump between the cheaper Chinese imports and this machine so this machine is the one to go for if you’re ready to upgrade an older cheaper heat press machine or if you’re starting a small business and know you’ll be taking regular orders. What you will need to decide is which size you should go for depending on your needs. Of course, the larger the machine the higher the cost, but it’s better to get the size you actually need than try to save money by going for a smaller one that’s not quite big enough or going for one that’s too big for what you’ll actually be printing.
- No Cup or Cap Attachments – This Heat press machine is perfect for t-shirts, tote bags, mouse mats, throw pillows, and more but if you want to print cups or mugs you’ll need to buy a separate cap heated press machine or a separate mug heated press machine not available in this brand.
The Best 5 in 1 Heat Press Machine: TUSY 5 in 1 Heat Press Machine
If you like the idea of having the option of printing more than just the regular 2d stuff, and you’d like to print on caps, cups, and plates then this isn’t possible with our top pick because it doesn’t have any of the attachments that you’d need to do that.
These 5 in 1 heat press machines come with four different attachments that actually adapt the basic t-shirt press part of the machine into a completely different cap, cup, or plate heat press machine depending on which one you want to use.
You can see in the image to the right, that the main top and bottom platens have been switched out for the hat press attachment.
Now, here’s the thing: it’d cost just the same as this five-in-one machine if you were to get the top pick in this guide and a separate mug machine for example. That, of course, would mean missing out on the other attachments as well, which makes this five-in-one machine far more cost-efficient if you’re a crafter that’s going to actually use them.
You can also say that it’s nice having an all-in-one machine rather than two machines. It’s a little more space-saving at the very least.
The difference between, the TUSY 5 in 1 heat press and others out there is that this one comes in a 15 by 15″ platen size. Now what this means is you’re not just restricted to having to make do with the one size that all the other 5 in 1’s offer.
You see most of these 5 in 1 heat press machines only come with a 12 by 15″ platen for the regular t-shirt printing side of things and not this larger size. This size is usually only an option with the stand-alone machines, so basically, with most of the 5 in 1 machines out there, what you’re actually doing is sacrificing a few inches that you might need to get those extra attachments.
Having said that, if you really don’t need those extra 3″ then none of that’s an issue for you. TUSY do a 12 by 15″ version that you can check out here, and I’d recommend that one if you like the idea of saving around 15% of the cost in exchange for those extra 3″ of space.
The one defining thing that you’ll notice about this and all the other 5 in 1 machines out there, is that it’s a swing-away style – rather than the clam style that was our top pick.
The reason for this is a purely practical one, and that’s because the design of the swing-away machine is what actually makes it possible to partially dismantle and reassemble the machine with whichever extra attachment you want to use.
But don’t worry, there’s no compromise on quality here, one style isn’t better than another. It’s just that with a stand-alone machine where you’re using just the basic platen over and over again, it’s a little quicker to use a clam and since you’re not swinging the platen out and away from the machine and you don’t have any attachments, you’re going to save yourself some counter space too.
With this one, you are going to need a bit of worktop space to use it and, of course, you’ll need room for the additional attachments too but if your workspace is a bit limited, remember you will only be using one attachment at a time so it’s going to be much more economical with your space than having lots of different machines.
The only downside to adapting the machine rather than having several separate ones is that with the exception of the cup press which pretty much just pugs in as-is, you’ll need a cross-head screwdriver, to adapt the machine and fix the other attachments to it.
But don’t worry if you don’t know what a cross-head screwdriver even looks like, they’re the ones that look like an ” x” on the end – you know, the really common standard type you see around. Anyway, it’s really very easy and straight forward to assemble the different attachments.
Also, it’s worth me mentioning again, that these machines that come with the extra attachments are all pretty similar, and that’s because, like our top pick, they are imports from China. Don’t let that put you off, because that doesn’t mean they’re not durable. If you’re a hobbyist or are even starting a small business, they work pretty darn well, and they’re affordable simply because you do get a lot for your money.
One thing that impresses me about TUSY’s new 15″ 5 in 1 heat press machine is that they’ve given it a thicker double layer mat. The single black dense foam one that comes with their other models (including the 12″ version of the 5 in 1, ) is a little too thin in my opinion so it could curl or may not stay put as easily while you are placing your fabric over it. That said, it’s no big deal to replace it s, they don’t cost much and if it does start to degrade over time you can easily get a replacement mat here if you need it.
But it’s just good to know that with the new version, TUSY have thought about it and given the mat a bit of an upgrade.
What We Like:
- Good Build Quality – The TUSY has a lot more metal parts than plastic ones, and that’s something that not common to all of them. That vertical bar that supports the top platen is quite often just plastic covering an inner metal tube which means it can be prone to splitting. The TUSY has a much stronger all-metal bar making it way more durable.
- Low Price – It’s very affordable in comparison with higher-end machines making it ideal for beginners, hobbyists or new small business ventures.
- Easy to Operate – This machine will give you the same results as a high end one without the high price tag. The attachments are all straight forward and easy to attach and, of course, you still get an LCD panel with a timer that lets you set the time and temperature that you need, and the pressure is set by turning the pressure adjustment knob. It only takes around 6 minutes to heat up to full temperature, that’s pretty quick.
Things To Consider:
- Not as High Quality as the US-made Heat Press Machines – As we’ve said before, at this price point, heat press machines are almost always Chinese imports and they are all pretty much the same and so there are only a few differences between each model. US heat press machines cost considerably more but are better made, are more durable and generally have a longer warranty. If you’re above a hobbyist level or you really know what you are doing you should go for our high-end pick and invest in separate mug or hat machines if you need to.
How Do Heat Press Machines Work?
Heat press machines basically apply heat and pressure to an image to permanently transfer it onto whatever item you are printing.
The reason it’s so popular is simply that it’s such an easy process that you can set up and use in your own home without stress or mess and you’ll get a product every time that’s easily professional enough to start your own business with.
Though there are differences in the types of heat press machines, they all work in basically the same way and that’s pretty much the same principle as using a regular iron to heat press a transfer onto some fabric.
But really don’t try that. You’ll waste a good transfer and ruin your t-shirt.
Because an iron creates hot and then cooler spots as you move it back and forth over your fabric. You’ll also be stretching the fabric a little here and there in the process as it’s impossible to press it flat all in one go. That means your transfer won’t adhere to the fabric properly. It’ll end up peeling and looking a bit smudged.
So you can see that’s less than ideal.
A heat press machine, on the other hand, applies completely even pressure at the precise temperature you set it to so that your transfer will stick and become an integral part of your fabric.
To give you the best idea of how to use your heat press machine, I’ve written a how to use a heat press machine for t-shirt printing guide here, where I’ll take you through a typical process for printing a cotton t-shirt, in this case with pre-cut heat transfer vinyl (HTV).
If you’re not sure what that is yet, don’t worry, we’ll talk about the types of transfers you can use next.
What Types of Transfer Can Use With a Heat Press Machine?
I’ll now run through the different types of transfers that you can use. Any of the links will take you to where you can get them on Amazon.
This is basically just a fine layer of vinyl, backed onto a carrier sheet. It’ll look something like the image to the right once the design has been cut out and the excess weeded out.
HTV is great for lettering branding and simple block color designs. You wouldn’t try to recreate a painting with it but there’s beauty in simplicity and there are no limits on your imagination.
If this is the look you are going for, you should definitely invest in a Cricut Maker. It’s a type of printer called a die-cut machine that cuts out the designs that you create using the free software included, either on your computer or through an app on your phone. You can easily upload and use your own images and fonts too.
HTV works best on cotton, polyester or cotton/polyester blends but you can also apply it to mugs, hats, footballs, and wood.
It’ll work well on both light and darker colored fabrics.
As you can see in the image to the right, you should get instructions with each type of transfer you choose, so don’t be scared to go for that glittery one if you want to.
For this method, you’re going to need an inkjet printer that can take sublimation ink. If you already have one that’s great, you’ll save yourself some money because you can easily convert it to take these inks.
Sublimation paper is designed to absorb the sublimation ink and then release and transfer it when you apply heat with your heat press.
Sublimation transfers work only on 100% polyester fabrics or very high polyester content blends. But if you want to go for the vintage look, you can use a 60% poly blend.
If you’re feeling experimental, it is possible to apply a polyester coating to pre-treat cotton and other less than ideal items.
You can also print mugs, plates and other ceramics. Aluminum also works well.
But remember there’s no white ink. That means the natural color of your fabric will show through in those areas so this method is only suitable for white or very light-colored fabrics.
Here are a few tips:
- Use heat resistant tape to hold your paper in place so you don’t get any ghosting effects.
- Remember to reverse your image when you print it out.
- You should place your image face down.
- Sublimination requires a higher temperature to print than vinyl or heat transfer paper – around 400°F.
- You will need a Teflon Sheet to put between whatever you are pressing and the platen.
- And do make sure you place copy paper inside your shirt before pressing to prevent any ink from bleeding through and spoiling your shirt.
What I love about this method is that you can create beautiful full-color highly detailed designs with this method using programs like Adobe illustrator.
I’m an illustrator myself so I love the versatility of this method. You can see the kind of detail you can go into in my illustration to the right which was created in Adobe Illustrator.
If you follow your instructions, you’ll get a vibrant and highly professional result, not least because when sublimation inks are printed, the image doesn’t just sit on top, it becomes integral to the fabric itself.
If you wash your sublimation printed garment inside out on a very cool wash using a mild detergent and no fabric conditioner. Your fabric will last indefinitely.
This is a little different from using sublimation paper. You can use either an inkjet or laser printer.
With an inkjet printer:
- You can print a transfer that’s suitable for cotton, polyester, and blends.
- You can get transfer paper for dark fabrics as well as light fabrics.
- If you print using dark transfer paper you’ll need to trim close to the edges or your image will be on a white square.
- If you print using light transfer paper there is a clear film that will transfer as well so you should again trim close to the edges for a better finish.
- You must use pigment-based rather than dye-based inks. Dye-based inks will wash out after a couple of washes.
- Your print will feel slightly rougher than the other methods.
Laser printers do have an advantage in that:
- You can print light fabrics and dark fabrics and can also get hard surface paper, which is designed especially for printing on hard surfaces so you don’t need to pre-treat them first.
- You can buy either non-self weeding or a self weeding paper. Self weeding paper will eliminate the background for you so that you don’t need to trim around the edges of your design.
- Your print will feel smooth.
Heat transfer paper printed shirts using either inkjet or laser printers will only give you 25 to 30 washes before the image fades and starts to crack. And that’s even if you do wash it inside out on a very cool wash using a mild detergent and no fabric conditioner.
How to Use a Heat Press Machine for
Here’s your guide to printing a t-shirt using a heat press. In this case, we’ll be using a pre-cut vinyl design on a cotton t-shirt. If you are using sublimation or heat transfer paper the temperature and times will be a little different so this method is just for vinyl.
And just so you know it doesn’t matter whether you have a swing-away or clam style heat-press, the basic principle of how they all work is much the same.
Ok, let’s begin:
- With your heat press machine closed, turn the pressure adjustment knob to set the pressure to firm. There’s really no exact formula for this, it basically comes down to how much pressure you’d use if you were ironing it by hand.
- Lift the lid and switch the heat press machine on.
- Set the temperature on the digital timer to 320°F/160°C or follow the temperature instructions that come with your transfer paper.
- Set the time – in this case, to 16 seconds.
- Lay out your t-shirt over the thick pad on the bottom plate (platen) evenly and make sure it’s completely straight. Try to keep the shirt collar off the edge of the pad so that you don’t have an uneven surface to press. And do keep your hands away from the top plate (platen), it’ll get hot.
- Wait for the machine to heat up to temperature. This usually takes around 6 minutes.
- Close the lid to but don’t clamp it shut, for around 6 seconds to pre-press your shirt. This will iron out any creases and remove the moisture so that your transfer will stick to it more easily.
- Now place your transfer onto your t-shirt lining it up evenly. You can use a T-square to help you.
- Place a Teflon sheet over your shirt and clamp the lid shut and press for around 4 seconds this is enough to make the vinyl transfer stick to your shirt.
- Peel the clear plastic sheet away from the back of the transfer, which should now be stuck to your shirt, and place the Teflon sheet back over the t-shirt.
- Clamp the lid shut and press for the remaining 12 seconds.
Lift the lid and that’s it, grab yourself a coffee put your feet up and admire your work of art while you let it cool!