“Do I need a heat press?” is a common question we often hear from crafters. If you’re cutting HTV on your Cricut, Silhouette Cameo, Brother ScanNCut, etc. you can answer that question with this simple break down:
1. Do you sell your HTV projects?
2. Are you making many HTV projects?
3. Are you ironing on large HTV designs?
If you’ve answered yes to the following questions, then it’s probably time to start looking for a press! That leads us to the next common questions at hand, “What kind of press should I invest in?”.
Now before you head to Amazon to purchase a press, hear me out; there are 3 key features that create a press worth investing in:
Heat applying HTV is simple, yet intricate at the same time. Each type of HTV has its own ingredients that need to be followed in order to have a clean, durable finish. Similarly to baking a cake for example, there is a certain time and temperature that you need to follow in order for it to come out right.
With that said, the first thing you want in a heat press is a digital time and temperature read-out. Some HTV’s apply as low as 275 degrees and as high as 350 degrees and knowing the temperature in which your heat press is set at will make all the difference for your HTV application.
Just like temperature, time is a lucrative part of the ingredients. Your press should have the ability to count down the time for you. Some HTV’s apply for as many as 20 seconds, or 5 seconds – it’s important that the heat press count the exact amount of time your HTV needs in order to apply properly.
Secondly, having adjustable pressure and a digital pressure read-out is key. Just like time and temperature, pressure plays a major role in getting a durable HTV finish. Some HTV apply at a light pressure and some at a medium to heavy pressure – so it’s important that your press have an adjustable pressure nob and have a read-out that will tell you the exact pressure that you are at.
Lastly, a heat press with a continuous coiled heating element that guarantees even heat distribution and no cold spots is a press worth investing in. Many heat presses in the industry are not manufactured with even heat distribution, which will cause your HTV transfer to peel up or fall off the garment, easily.
In the Craft Corner we have limited the heat press options down to two presses that are great investments for crafters just start out and would like to advance from an iron. Watch the video below to decide which of the two is the best investment for you!
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