Heat transfer vinyl is a specialty vinyl material that is used to decorate or personalise t-shirts, garments, and other fabric items.
By using a vinyl cutter, like a Cricut or Silhouette, you can cut digital designs into the vinyl and then transfer those designs onto your t-shirt or garment using a heat press.
- Design your cut file: the easiest way to do this is by using the software that comes with your vinyl cutter such as Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. Because you're cutting the backside of the heat transfer vinyl, your design needs to be mirrored.
- Load your vinyl cutter and set cut settings: load your vinyl cutter with the carrier side face-down (shiny side). Next, make sure your cutter is set to the correct settings.
- Run a test cut: test cut is generally a small square or triangle in your vinyl, and this will allow you to see if you need to make any last-minute changes to your cut settings prior to cutting.
- Cut your vinyl: send your design to the cutter and let it work its magic.
- Weed away excess vinyl: You can start by peeling the excess HTV from the carrier by hand, but you'll likely want a weeding tool on-hand to help remove the small and intricate pieces.
- Heat press the HTV onto your garment: press your transfer onto the shirt using the recommended press settings. Wait for the design to cool off and then peel.
Press Time and Temps
Temp: 150° - 160°
Time: 10 - 15 seconds
Pressure: 0.2kgf/cm² (Medium)
Blade Setting: 3
Blade Setting: 2
Settings may vary based on blade condition and age of machine. Always perform a test cut prior to cutting designs.