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How to Decorate T-Shirts with a Heat Press | Stahls’ Hotronix


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How to Decorate T-Shirts with a Heat Press

Four must-haves for decorating T-Shirts


1. A Heat Press

• A professional heat press with time, temperature, and pressure settings.
• Buy the largest heat press you can afford for the most heat printing versatility.
• The 16” x 20” Auto Open Clam makes multi-tasking easy when making T-Shirts.
 Optional smaller platens and heat printing accessories offer the ability to heat print large and small garments.

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2. Heat Transfer Designs

• Customizable stock designs such as screen printed transfers, heat transfer   materials, rhinestones, reflective, applique and separate letters and numbers   are available.
• Create your own designs using CadworxLIVE® CorelDraw® or Adobe® Illustrator.
• Each type will have its own application requirements.

3. T-shirts

• Popular types include cotton, cotton/polyester blends, 100% polyester, nylon,   Lycra®, spandex.
• Order blank T-shirts from vendors with volume pricing.
• Match the type of T-shirt with a compatible heat transfer design.

4. Heat Printing Accessories

 Non-stick cover sheets help to protect the garment, design, and the upper platen     of the heat press.
 Non-stick heat printing pillows will absorb any seams, neck, or trim that would   affect the design being applied to the T-shirt.
 Print Perfect Pads elevate the print area, making any seams from pockets, fall outside so they do not interfere, giving an even, flat surface for heat printing. Can   be cut with scissors to desired size needed.

It’s that simple. Heat press designs onto T-Shirts according to transfer instructions.

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