Wed. Feb 8, 2017 in Buyer's Guide

You have a design in mind. 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 to providing you with the necessary tools to bring your design to life, we’ll help you navigate the ever-expanding inventory of heat transfer materials available.

So, welcome to the heat transfer vinyl (HTV) mini-guide. Our experts have weighed in on how to choose the right heat transfer product for you. Let the creating begin!

We couldn't include everything in here (it would be way too long). But hopefully this can help you on where to start!

Each product is linked to the product page on our website. For more information and application instructions, simply just click the product link!


Low Temperature Universal HTV 

If you're looking for a vinyl that can adhere to nearly all materials(and at low temperatures), then look no further! We offer two great new products that are revolutionary to the garment decorating industry: 

  • Hotmark Revolution Low Temp (By Chemica)

    • Will adhere to cotton, polyester, blends, nylon, and acrylics

    • Soft to the touch

    • 80 microns thick — for a lightweight feel

    • Flexible and stretchy wear

    • Light tack liner for easy weeding

    • Can layer

    • Offers semi-quick application, very low temperature pressing, and hot or cold peel

    • Low temperature application prevents pressure marks on various materials

 

  • ThermoFlex Turbo Low Temp

    • Will adhere to cotton, polyester, blends, nylon, acrylics,spandex, lycra, vinyl, and genuine leather

    • Soft to the touch

    • Matte finish

    • 95 microns thick

    • Easy to weed

    • Can layer (except for neons and metallics) 

    • Equipped with a special hotmelt for very fast application at low temperatures

    • Low temperature application prevents pressure marks on various materials

    • Warm peel only

 


Siser EasyWeed vs. ThermoFlex Plus

We often say treat Siser EasyWeed and ThermoFlex Plus like Coke and Pepsi! They are very similar, yet have their own unique differences. Can't decide which one to choose? Let us help — we'll break down the differences below.

 

Siser EasyWeed

ThermoFlex Plus

Finish

  • Semi-Matte

  • Metallic (EasyWeed Electrics)

  • True Matte

  • Metallic (ThermoFlex Metallics)

Colors Available

 

  • Standard = 43
  • Electrics = 16

  • Fluorescents = 8

**number of colors are subject to change**

 

  • Standard = 62
  • Metallics = 6

  • Neons = 6

**number of colors are subject to change**

Widths Available

 

  • 15 inch

  • 20 inch

  • 30 inch

 

  • 15 inch

  • 20 inch

  • 30 inch

Thickness

90 Microns

100 Microns

Adhering Materials

100% Cotton, 100 % Polyester, Poly/Cotton blends, Leather, Neoprene

Cotton, Uncoated Polyester, Poly/Cotton blends, Polyester/Acrylic blends, Linen, Wool, Lycra, Spandex, Neoprene

Layering

Yes

 

Yes

**Columbia Blue and Metallics cannot be layered beneath anything**  

Pressing Temperature          

305° F

330° F

Pressing Time

10 - 15 seconds

15 seconds

Pressing Pressure

Medium, even pressure

Medium, even pressure

Peel

 

  • Standard = Hot or Cold

  • Electrics = Hot or Cold

  • Fluorescents = Hot

 

  • Standard = Warm or Cold. **Light Blue Cold Only**

  • Metallics = Warm or Cold

  • Neons = Cold

 

Check out our YouTube video comparing Siser EasyWeed and ThermoFlex Plus:



 

Siser EasyWeed and ThermoFlex also include other variations:

**The specifications for these are not identical to the information in the table above.**


Siser EasyWeed Stretch - A stretchable version of EasyWeed

ThermoFlex Stretch - A stretchable version of ThermoFlex Plus

  • If you’re looking to enhance or personalize your performance wear, try a thin, stretchy vinyl like Siser EasyWeed Stretch or ThermoFlex Stretch. Siser EasyWeed Stretch is 85 microns thick and can be layered. ThermoFlex Stretch is a little thicker at 100 microns thick. Just like standard ThermoFlex, it has a matte finish; however, ThermoFlex Stretch will not layer. Both of these vinyls will adhere to spandex materials!


Siser EasyWeed Extra (Nylon) - A version of EasyWeed that can adhere to nylon **Also available in EasyWeed Extra Fluorescents**

ThermoFlex Xtra (nylon) - A version of ThermoFlex Plus that can adhere to nylon

  • It is very important to note that both standard EasyWeed and ThermoFlex cannot adhere to nylon and and other heat-sensitive materials. However, that is why EasyWeed Extra and ThermoFlex Xtra exist! At 85 microns thick, EasyWeed Extra offers a semi-gloss finish and can be layered. ThermoFlex Xtra is a little thicker at 100 microns, and some colors will not layer. Overall, both of these are great options for pressing on nylon and other heat-sensitive materials!


ThermoFlex Glossy - A version of ThermoFlex Plus that offers a glossy finish

  • ThermoFlex Glossy is great for those special designs that want to stand out and look great! As in the title, it offers a glossy finish. Just like standard ThermoFlex, it is 100 microns thick and offers the same great durability. Note that this will not layer.

 

Click here to view all Siser EasyWeed Products: EasyWeed

Click here to view all ThermoFlex Plus Products: ThermoFlex

 


Stretchable (not including glitters)

 

  • If you’re looking to enhance or personalize your performance wear, try a thin, stretchy vinyl like Siser EasyWeed Stretch  or ThermoFlex Stretch. Siser EasyWeed Stretch is 90 microns thick and can be layered. ThermoFlex Stretch is a little thicker at 100 microns thick. Just like regular ThermoFlex, it has a matte finish. Unlike Siser EasyWeed Stretch, this will not layer. Both of these vinyls will adhere to spandex materials. 

   

 

  • WALAKut-Soft 15" and WALAKut-Quick 15" both offer flexibility and stretchability as well. WALAKut-Soft is a very thin vinyl at only 50 microns thick. It has smooth, soft finished feel and wear, and it can layer! WALAKut-Quick is named after it's quick pressing time of 5 seconds. It is 80 microns thick and can layer. Note that this vinyl not ideal for small detailed cuts.


Glitters

What better way to spark your creativity by adding some sparkle!? If you're looking for glitter, then look no further — we got you covered. 

 

Textured Glitters

  • Our most popular glitter by far is our HTV Textured Glitter. These are all high-quality glitters with a textured feel, and our top colors are products of Siser.  At approximately 325 microns thick, all of these can only be layered as top level layer or inlay. Please note that these are not made for fine-cut designs. These are traditionally offered in 20" width; however, we offer some of our most popular colors in 15" width. 

    

 

  • If you're looking for a STRETCHABLE glitter, then our Galaxy Textured Glitter (By Chemica) is for you! This vinyl offers a semi-textured finish and varies between 140-200 microns thick. 



Smooth Glitters

  • Glitter Flake/Metal Flake is a smooth finish glitter that is approximately 110 microns thick. This will not layer, however it can adhere to nylon! 

 

  • Video Flex Glitter (By Siser) is another smooth finish glitter that is also approximately 110 microns thick. This can also layer! Only available in Silver and Gold colors. 

 

  • DecoSPARKLE - Holographic is an unique glitter that is actually more of a Holographic film. This creates stunning reflective rainbow effects that can be used for faux rhinestones! It simply adds a prism-like effect to any garment. At approximately 110 microns thick, this will not stretch or layer. 

   

 


For Your Sporty Needs

  • If you’re looking for a vinyl that can apply onto mesh jerseys for football, hockey or any other sport, then ThermoFlex Economy Sports will work wonders. The durable, thick film (90 microns) works to bridge the gaps in open-mesh athletic jerseys and comes in a variety of colors. 

 


Breathable

  • Perforated Glitter 20" is just our HTV-Textured Glitter, but with holes in it! This allows for more breathability and flexibility. 


Decorative 

  • Wild Fashion Prints are pre-printed transfer materials that offer a variety of designs such as animal and camouflage prints. These vary from 50-170 microns thick. Oh, and these can layer! 

 

  • FashionFLEX are pre-printed patterns that offer a slight textured look and feel. These are 90 microns thick and can layer as well.

 


Metallics

 

 

  • Deco-Film Brilliants give an ideal metallic look with a brilliant chrome finish. Get the look of precious metals with this! At 110 microns thick, this will not stretch or layer. 

 

  • Deco-Film Paint FX is a metallic transfer film with a soft finish. This gives off a dazzling effect as it replicates car paint. At 100 microns thick, this cannot layer. 

 

 


Flock

  • Chemica UpperFlock is a soft velvet made up of thick fibers. It's 600 microns thick! Easy to weed and can layer!

 

  • StripFlock (By Siser) offers a great alternative to embroidery. It gives logos a raised, textured, suede-like feel. At 410 microns thick, this can layer!


Patterns

 

  • With our 2 Color Custom Patterns, you can pick your pattern, a background color and a foreground color, and we’ll print your unique pattern right in-house for you!

Check out this Tutorial video on How to choose a design and colors for your Custom Color Pattern Heat Transfer Vinyl: