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How to Use a Heat Press Machine – 7 Easy Steps to You Get Started
If you’re new to heat press machines then look no further. This is the basic guide on how to get started with a heat press machine.
What is a Heat Press Machine?
People keep asking how to use a heat press machine.
Some even ask what it is.
A heat press machine, heat transfer printing, t shirt heat press or simply t shirt press is the modern, no-fuss way of printing artwork onto t-shirts.
It is a great alternative to the classic screen printing.
Of course, when it comes to quality and longevity, screen printing still wins the game.
But from the regular customers’ point of view, they can’t tell the difference between a screen printed tee and one from a t shirt press.
This is a good thing for t-shirt entrepreneurs because not only is heat press printing easy and affordable to do, it also makes custom t-shirt printing possible.
With screen printing, the customers have to order in large quantities or else it would be too expensive per piece.
But with heat press machine or t shirt press, it’s still affordable even if they order one or one thousand.
No wonder the t shirt heat press is a favorite of many t-shirt entrepreneurs.
If you just bought one, you might be wondering how to use a roll heat press.
Well, here is a basic guide on how to use the machine.
Using the Machine
As we all know, not all heat press machines are created equal.
That’s why it’s not uncommon or unusual to ask how to use a heat press machine.
There are those machines that are just functional (very basic) which is good for small jobs and home use.
They’re much more affordable and could be perfect if you’re just starting out and you prefer to save a few hundred bucks.
The professional machines are geared for making bulk orders.
They have a much bigger platen (metal board) for a bigger working area to cater large garments.
The professional t shirt press is also complete with more sophisticated time, temperature, and pressure settings.
This is perfect for t-shirt entrepreneurs who are planning to offer orders by the hundreds in the future.
But whether you’re using the basic or the pro, heat press machines are basically operated the same way.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use a heat press machine:
Turn on the power by flipping the on/off switch
Turn the thermostat knob to the right until you see the red heating light
When the thermometer indicates the desired temperature for your transfer, turn the knob back to the left until the heating light turns off. The heating light will go on and off to regulate your desired temperature
If your machine has a digital timer, press it to start the timer and when you hear the alarm, press stop to reset
Lift up the handle to open the press
Lay out t-shirt and lay Transfer Paper onto shirt facing down
Bring the handle down. The handle should lock firmly in place
Set the timer based on the instructions on your Transfer Paper
Lift the handle to open the press
Peel the Transfer Paper from the shirt
Allow at least 24 hours for the print to “lock” before washing the t-shirts
Tips When Using a Heat Press
Don’t be scared of applying too much heat because it takes a lot of heat to transfer the artwork properly and evenly.
If you don’t apply a lot of heat, the artwork might not stick to the shirt properly and would cause issues during washing.
If you’re scared of burning the tee shirt, sample print on an old shirt you don’t mind burning.
It’s always scary on the first few tries but your confidence will eventually develop as you get the hang of printing shirts and eventually know how to use a heat press machine.
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