Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is becoming more and more popular. Google, Pinterest, and industry blogs are full of fun ideas for iron-on projects. But if you’re just starting out, you might have a few questions.
Let’s dive right in: Yes, you can use your iron. Reverse cut is just what it sounds like and easier than you’d think! And a Teflon sheet is helpful, but not required.
Can you use your home iron? Yes! Many home crafters have success using their home iron with HTV. A heat press is faster and easier, but an iron works great for smaller projects! Be sure to adjust the time and heat requirements - the listed requirements on material are usually meant for heat presses. If you’re having issues with material peeling up, make sure you’re using enough pressure and pressing for enough time.
What the heck is reverse cut? HTV comes with a transfer sheet, which is really handy! But it can also make for some confusing instructions. If you look at a sheet of HTV, one side has a shiny plastic sheet and one side is matte (and the color may look different). The matte side is the side that will stick to your fabric. The shiny side is the HTV with a plastic sheet over it. Once you press your HTV into your material, you’ll pull off the plastic sheet. This means that all your cuts need to be in reverse, to make sure they’re readable from the shiny side.
What’s a Teflon sheet? Do you need one? A Teflon sheet is a sheet that you place between your fabric and the heat press. It’s often used with heat presses to protect the heat press. It’s a great tool if you have a heat press, but isn’t necessary if you’re using a home iron. Here is a great blog post that explains it in more detail.
If you’re looking to get started on some HTV projects, here are some products we offer. We also have trainings on several different products - let us know if you want one on heat transfer!
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