Heat Transfer Vinyl (or HTV Vinyl) is a useful tool that allows you to add personalized touches to clothing and accessories (including hats, handbags, school bags, pants, etc.). From 2020 to the present, due to the impact of COVID-19, more and more craft enthusiasts and small entrepreneurs have stepped into the heat transfer vinyl business. However, before warming up to Cricut, Silhouette CAMEO, Brother and other cutting machines and starting to show the power of design, it is a very good idea to familiarize yourself with the world of HTV and learn how to use it.
What is heat transfer Vinyl
Heat transfer vinyl is a special vinyl material used to decorate or personalize T-shirts, clothing and other fabrics. HTV contains a heat-activated adhesive backing. When heat-pressed under sufficient time, temperature and pressure, the vinyl can permanently transfer the vinyl to your clothes.
How Many Varieties of Heat Transfer Vinyl in HTVRONT
One big advantage of heat transfer vinyl is that there are a wide variety of colors and finishes-glossy PVC, matte PU, flocking, elastic, dark glow, flash HTV, chameleon HTV, soft metal HTV, luminous HTV, etc. No matter what project you have , you can find a perfect HTV. Here are some of the best heat transfer vinyl options offered by HTVRONT:
- Matte PU HTV Vinyl
- Chameleon Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Glossy PVC HTV Vinyl Bundle
- Glitter HTV Vinyl
- Glow in The Dark HTV Heat Transfer Vinyl
What Equipment Do You Need To Do a Heat Transfer Vinyl Project
1. Vinyl Cutter
There are many vinyl cutters of different sizes on the market that can meet all levels of production needs. First, we recommend that you use a desktop vinyl cutter, such as Cricut, Silhouette CAMEO or Brother ScanNCut. These knives are very moderately priced and are the perfect entry point to enter the field of clothing decoration.
2. Heat Press
The second piece of equipment you need is a heat press. The heat press can effectively sandwich the HTV and the clothing during heating. Only if the hot pressing is successful, your vinyl can become a permanent part of your fabric.
3. Heat Transfer Vinyl
Heat transfer vinyl has many colors and finishes. HTVRONT is a good starting point. It is a standard HTV. It can be said that you buy a vinyl at the right price and super quality. We also recommend starting with standard colors such as black, white, navy and red. Similarly, you can also choose our Glitter HTV or Chameleon HTV Roll 10Ft. You will find that the speed of experiencing these colors may be faster than anything else.
One of the great advantages of HTV is that most HTV can be used on cotton, polyester, blends and leather. You can purchase some T-shirts, clothing, hats, bags, etc. to complete your project.
5. Weeding Tool
When you use thermal transfer vinyl, one of the steps after cutting is to remove excess vinyl. Although you can manually delete the larger parts, you will find the HTVRONT de-cleaning tool very useful for deleting smaller parts.
6. Weeding Scrap Collector
If you feel that your weeding waste is everywhere every time you weed, it's a mess. Then you must not miss the weeding collector produced by HTVRONT. It will well collect your weeding waste and put it in a box.
6. Teflon Cover Sheet
When you go to press your heat press, it is necessary to put a Teflon cover on the clothes. This protective sheet protects your clothes from direct heat and prevents them from being scorched or scorched. This is also very useful when layering vinyl, because multi-layer printing requires multiple presses and prevents accidental melting of the vinyl.
8. Design Software
Finally, you will need a computer and design software. If you have CRICUT, Silhouette CAMEO and other cutters, then you are very lucky. Because these machines come with their own design software, they can be used to create designs and cut files. These software will not charge you any extra fees! If you need more flexibility and customization, you can also use more complex programs such as Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and CorelDRAW.