How to Layer HTV
May 28th 2021
Layering htv can seem like a daunting task, but it is way easier than it seems! The one thing you need to make sure you check before pressing, is the description in the website to see if we do or don’t recommend layering that specific htv. In this blog, we will go over what you will need for layering htv, the process of layering onto a OGIO® - Hamblin 22 Wheeled Duffel, and talk about some heat transfer vinyl that can or can’t be layered.
Heat Press Sheets or Heat Press Covers
Heat press sheets a very valuable resource to have when you are layering htv. They help a lot when you are tacking your vinyl to the garment. They give protection to the previously applied layer from re-pressing (pressing a second time) when applying a new layer!
Heat press pillows help get equal amounts of pressure across the garment if you are pressing an uneven surface.
Heat press rulers help get an even placement of your transfer. These rulers are beneficial for pressing one layer of vinyl and can be a lifesaver when it comes to multiple layers, because that is even more difficult to line everything up!
First, you should adjust your pressure to make sure you are getting enough! Use a heat press pillow if you are pressing an uneven surface like we are here with our OGIO® - Hamblin 22 Wheeled Duffel We pressed on the flap of the bag. We used our 15x15 WALAPress Drawer Clamshell for this project.
When we put the first layer down, we used our heat press ruler to make sure the design was centered, then pressed our vinyl. When layering Siser Easyweed like we are using here, you should do a 1 second tack for all layers. You will always do a tack when layering htv, but for other vinyl we recommend a 3 second tack. After each layer has been tacked to your garment, you will then press for the full amount of time recommended in the application instructions.
When doing the second layer, make sure it is lined up how you want it with the first layer. After placing the layer on the bag, we pressed the layers for another 1 second to tack the vinyl down, then peeled warm.
The more layers you have, the trickier it might be to line up correctly. We find it really helpful to pull up the design on your computer, so you can reference the artwork when arranging your layers.