HTV isn’t just for tees!

Xpres product manager, Grant Cooke, unveils how you can use heat transfer vinyl on more than just T shirts.

With garment customisation and vinyl crafting on the rise, the potential for creative and financial opportunities in the personalisation industry is huge.

Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is a great way of making the most of this. But this opportunity doesn’t just lie in T shirt design, as many might think…

Most seem to think HTV and shirts go hand in hand. However, one of the great things about HTV is that there are so many different varieties of colours and finishes – glossy, matte, flock, glitter HTV to name just a few.

No matter what project you’ve got, there is a vinyl that’s perfect for it, working on cotton, polyester, blends, and denim.

The possibilities then extend beyond the normal wearable fabrics and into the home or office. Some surprising surfaces that allow for HTV include canvas, cork and none-wearable fabrics. For example, why not try on dish towels, placemats, blankets, and even sports balls?

The list is almost endless!

Step-by-step guide to using HTV

One really interesting use case for HTV is printing onto trainers. Here’s how the step-by-step process looks for creating masterpieces…

1) Print and cut the design onto Evolution Print using a compatible solvent or latex printer.
2) Weed away the excess from the design and apply Universal Application Tape over the transfer.
3) Using a suitable heat press, place the trainer onto the platen and pre-press to flatten the print area (SEFA + Shoe Plate or suitable Pocket Press).
4) Place the transfer onto the trainer and press for five seconds at 140°C, peel hot. 5) Repeat onto the other trainer. This particular process is perfect for canvas trainers but can be tweaked for a variety of materials.

Xpres stocks a huge range of HTV products, designed to meet the many different uses for this versatile method.

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