Thu. Jan 29, 2015 in Buyer's Guide
You have a design in mind. You might want to use it to support an event, to raise awareness for a cause or even just to spice up some of your more bland fashion garments. You know what you want it to look like and what you want to put it on. So, what’s stopping you from bringing your design to life?
We know that the number of heat transfer options out there can be overwhelming — and that’s what we’re here for. From deciding what product is right for your material type ...
Thu. Feb 5, 2015 in Buyer's Guide
The heat press is arguably the most important piece of equipment you will invest in. There are a few different things that go into choosing the right heat press for your business (and budget), so let us help you out.
There are various sizes of heat press available to choose from, so take a moment to evaluate the amount of work space you have available (you’ll need a solid, flat surface) and what you’ll be pressing. We would recommend a 15×15 press to start, bec ...
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 ...
Thu. Feb 12, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
If you’re not entirely sure what dye sublimation is, let us give you a brief explanation.
Dye sub transferring is a form of heat transfer process that allows you to take a digital image, print it on a sublimation printer and press it onto a garment. You must use sublimation ink, which uses a continuous-tone technology; prints are typically dry and ready to handle as soon as you remove them from the printer. This process can be used on a variety of products, from t-shirts to coasters. An ...
Tue. Feb 17, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
You asked and we listened! By popular request, we’re providing you with an alternative way to create your dye sub glitter masterpiece. We’re going to skip a couple of the most basic steps. Check out our other dye sub glitter post for a slightly modified process.
The process we are going to show you in this article will cut the glitter first, then sublimate the color on after your design is cut. This process is a little more tedious, but has been known to make it easier to remove t ...
Thu. Feb 19, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
It may seem intimidating to think about creating a rhinestone design, even for those of you seasoned in heat transfer designs. Rhinestone designs are a bit more complex, but that’s what you have us for! Today, we’re going to teach you how to create a simple rhinestone design – start to finish. (If you try this, make sure you Instagram us a picture of your creation!)
What will you need?
Hot fix rhinestones
Flock big enough for your design ...
Fri. Feb 27, 2015 in Buyer's Guide
Here's an easy way to decide what glitter vinyl to use for your crafting or garment decorating needs. Choose from Heat Transfer Textured Vinyl, Pressure Sensitive Vinyl, or smooth-holographic glitter options. ...
Tue. Mar 3, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
So, you’ve designed a really neat pattern and you want to do, well, something with it. We’ll walk you through one idea that’s easy, quick and will add a fun twist to almost any garment.
First, send your image to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you a quote per yard (there is a 5 yard minimum for custom prints like this one). Note: Make sure it’s high resolution, unless you’re going for a more pixelated look!
Once we have you ...
Tue. Mar 10, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
Want to try something new? We’ll teach you how to layer Siser EasyWeed Florescents in this quick, easy tutorial (to create this tank top, we used three different colors). Let’s get started!
As always, create your unique artwork in vector form. Once your artwork is ready, send it to the cutter! Cut your design using the same cut force that you use for typical heat transfer vinyl.
We cut our design out of three different colors for this tutorial. Once yo ...
Fri. Mar 13, 2015 in Buyer's Guide
You’ve chosen your vinyl, your design and your heat press. You’re ready to create something!
…Wait. No. Something’s missing.
A vinyl cutter! It’s one of the most important pieces of equipment that you will need to ensure your heat transfer success, so let us help you pick the right one.
First, in case you aren’t quite sure what a cutter is, we’ll explain briefly.
A vinyl cutter is a machine that uses sharp blades to cut into heat transfer ...
Mon. Apr 13, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
Monograms are all the rage right now – just ask Pinterest. You can create a beautiful monogram with limited design experience or by locating a free monogram generator online. Once you have your monogram, you’re able to put it on almost anything – we’re talking towels, t-shirts, mugs and more. There are many different ways to do this, but we’re going to show you a super quick, easy way to get a beautiful, fun-looking monogram using heat transfer vinyl.
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Mon. May 18, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
How to Do an EasyWeed Heat Transfer Application with 2 Colors
Step 1: Load the Reverse Image Cut-Ready Artwork into the Cutting Software
Step 2: Load the Vinyl Sheet Into the Cutter
Tip – Make sure the liner side is face down when you load it into the cutter
Step 3: Send the Artwork to the Cutter
Step 4: Weed Away Excess Vinyl from the Cut Out Design
Tip – Always start from the outside and work your way in
Tip – Make sure the smaller pieces of your ...
Mon. Sep 28, 2015 in Tutorials & DIY Goodies
If Thermoflex Plus is giving you troubles, this article can help you work through some basic troubleshooting techniques. Listed below are 8 different areas for troubleshooting Thermoflex. Experts or beginners can run into some hiccups. We will cover both for cutting and pressing tips.
Cut Direction – mirror image
Need to cut on the dull side of the material
TEST CUT, TEST CUT, TEST CUT!! With any product, you need to do TEST CUTS befor ...