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How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl

Jan 12, 2023

The best way to cut heat transfer vinyl is to use an electric cutter. These machines function like printers, except that they cut out digital designs instead of printing in ink!

You can also use knives or scissors to cut HTV, but you will find it difficult to create perfectly smooth curves and edges with your hands.

Indeed, the price of or any other electric cutting machine is very high. On the other hand, they have free access to online design tools to help you create, edit, and store cutting files. If you plan to produce many HTV t-shirts, you may want to invest in some kind of cutting machine! SINO Group produce the cutting plotter, with favorable price


What Temperature Should You Use for HTV?

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The optimal use temperature of HTV depends on the type of HTV and the type of fabric you plan to use. For example, polyester fabrics require less heat than cotton fabrics because they will melt or scorch at high temperatures.

The wrong temperature will cause the vinyl to peel off the fabric. Or you may melt or damage the fabric, or even (in rare cases) the vinyl! Sometimes, vinyl will wrinkle or blister when using incorrect heat.

All arts need practice, but to get the best results, you need to start at the right temperature and time.

It should be noted that you should always follow any heating instructions that come with the vinyl resin you purchased, and you can start by following these guidelines:


Matte HTV works best at 310 ° C ° F on the press. Depending on the size of the design, you should use hot pressing for 10 to 15 seconds. You almost always thermal peel off a matte design.

Glitter HTV also performs best on 305-310, although you should check the individual instructions on HTV products. For this HTV, you need to apply a pressure of 10 to 15 seconds through a hot press and use hot stripping instead of letting the HTV cool on the fabric.

For metal HTV, you will follow the same temperature and time guidelines, but use cold stripping. This helps prevent wrinkles on special metal surfaces.

For Galaxy style HTV, you will still use a temperature of 305-310 ℉ and a timing range of 10 seconds to 15 seconds. You will want to use this HTV hot skin.

Finally, if you want to use an iron instead of a hot press on any type of HTV, make sure it is set to steam free. Use the wool fabric temperature displayed on the dial. You need to take longer, usually between 15 and 20 seconds.


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