Should I Start a Garment Decorating Heat Press Business?

Mon. Feb 9, 2015 in The Basics

Should I Start a Garment Decorating Heat Press Business? No matter how you look at it, starting your own business is a challenge. It’s scary and intimidating, but it’s also exciting and inspiring. These days, more and more people are joining the start-up community, meaning that more and more resources are becoming available. In fact, according to Forbes, small businesses have generated over 65% of new jobs since 1995. Pretty cool, huh? If you’re thinking about starting a ... Continue Reading

Teflon Accessories

Teflon Accessories

Tue. Jan 3, 2017 in The Basics

In this blog, we will discuss the 3 different kinds of Teflon accessories that we have to offer. What are Teflon Accessories? Teflon accessory items simply help protect your heat press and make pressing easier! HTW Teflon Accessories Teflon Platen Covers Elastic non-stick covers for bottom platen of heat press Will fit some upper platens depending on heat press model Makes slipping garment over rubber platen much easier Protects platen by helping garments sl ... Continue Reading

Vinyl Storage and Shelf Life

Vinyl Storage and Shelf Life

Wed. Jan 4, 2017 in The Basics

Hey HTW customers! We often get asked questions regarding the optimal storage conditions and shelf life of our vinyl products. We understand that this information can be hard to find, so here is our best attempt at helping you out! Storage and Shelf Life Recommendations: The optimal conditions for storage are to keep the materials in a temperature controlled area, away from direct sunlight, and in dry area with relative humidity no more than 50%. Always store vinyl upright a ... Continue Reading

Easyweed Troubleshooting Techniques

Easyweed Troubleshooting Techniques

Wed. Jan 4, 2017 in The Basics

If Siser Easyweed is giving you troubles, this blog can help you work through some basic troubleshooting techniques. Listed below are various different areas for troubleshooting Easyweed.  Both experts and beginners can run into some troubleshooting issues. We will cover both cutting and pressing tips. **Please note that this blog regards normal Siser Easyweed only. Fluorescents, Stretch, and Extra have different application instructions** Cutting ... Continue Reading

Masking Made Easy

Masking Made Easy

Tue. Jan 10, 2017 in The Basics

In this blog, we will provide an easier method to mask transfers for those of you who are struggling with the original method. Original Masking Method In past blogs, we have provided steps on how to mask a material, specifically using our KTM Digital Mask. These steps are as follows:   1. Take the mask material and remove it from its liner. 2. Place the mask on over your transfer then use the included squeegee to apply the material and remove all air bubbles. 3. ... Continue Reading

Applying HTV with an Iron SUCCESS (Part 2)

Applying HTV with an Iron SUCCESS (Part 2)

Wed. Mar 22, 2017 in The Basics

Applying HTV with an Iron SUCCESS (Part 2) For those of you who saw our last blog, you know that we attempted to apply 4 different HTV's (Siser EasyWeed - Mint, Hotmark Revolution - Red, ThermoFlex Plus - Kelly Green, and Turbo Low Temp - White)  with the use of a hand iron. We will admit that we went into the process without doing any prior research on proper ways to apply HTV to a hand iron. And because we failed to do our research, we struggled with t ... Continue Reading

What are Printable Vinyls?

What are Printable Vinyls?

Thu. Apr 13, 2017 in The Basics

We all love HTV such as Siser EasyWeed, ThermoFlex Plus and Hotmark Revoultion by Chemica, however; sometimes you may have that design in mind that is just a little too complicated to do with your regular HTV. Don't worry, we're here to help! Have you ever considered using Printable vinyls? As in the title, Printable vinyls allow you to print your desired design onto the material, so that you get a high quality photo-realistic digital picture! Nearly all of our Printable vinyls ... Continue Reading

All About Printable Vinyl Inks

All About Printable Vinyl Inks

Wed. May 3, 2017 in The Basics

Printable vinyl allows for the creation of multi-colored designs that are too complex to create with your regular HTV. If you’re looking to expand your business, the use of printable vinyl can be very helpful. All of our printable vinyls are compatible with solvent and eco-solvent printers. Also, nearly all of them are compatible with HP latex printers. How do these printers work? Here, we break down the differences between solvent, eco-solvent and latex inks.   Solvent Inks ... Continue Reading

7 Ways to Maintain a Heat Press

7 Ways to Maintain a Heat Press

Tue. May 16, 2017 in The Basics

Replacing a heat press can be very expensive, ranging from $2,000-$4,000 for a high-end heat press. Follow these tips to get the most out of your heat press. The maintenance techniques listed below may not fully prevent your heat press from becoming inoperative, but they sure could prolong the life and help maintain a healthy heat press.     Maintain by Cleaning:   Dust Make sure to dust your heat press on a regular basis. Try to avoid getting to the point wher ... Continue Reading

What Is Dye Sublimation?

What Is Dye Sublimation?

Thu. Jul 26, 2018 in The Basics

Dye sublimation may sound intimidating, but we promise that it’s anything but. In short: Sublimation ink can convert from a solid to a gas without going through the liquid form, which allows you to apply an image to specially coated materials using heat and pressure! Simple enough, right? Although the process is easy to explain, there are some things to consider before you start! Benefits of Dye Sublimation With dye sublimation, you can print full colors, bright colors and m ... Continue Reading

Benefits of Transfer Paper

Benefits of Transfer Paper

Tue. Aug 28, 2018 in The Basics

Do you want to achieve a multi-colored design without having to layer vinyl, but you really don’t want to invest in an expensive wide-format printer? If you are looking for an inexpensive way to print your own heat transfers, we have a solution for you! In this blog, we are going to explain and show you how to use Transfer Paper! What is Transfer Paper? Transfer Paper, on the other hand, is actual paper (not vinyl)! With this, you do not need an expensive wide-format printer. Al ... Continue Reading