How to Heat Transfer Vinyl
Heat transfer vinyl, or HDM for short, is an advanced specialty vinyl polymer used on many different materials and fabrics to generate cutting-edge promotional items and designs. It generally comes in a single or rolled piece form with a plastic adhesive backing to be easily cut, weaved, and applied directly on a preferred surface for heat application. The application process generally consists of a hot air gun, fabric softener, and a heat press.
Most heat transfer vinyl comes in pre-manufactured strips or sheets with a plastic backing which can easily be peeled off and applied directly to the required surface. The ease of use makes this type of promotional product highly popular among most companies in the market. Some companies even offer accessible installation services on their products. It’s simple to place the vinyl on any surface, whether it’s a countertop, table, window sills, or another flat surface.
Heat transfer vinyl cutting equipment includes pre-poured sheets and pre-grooved templates which are ideal for professional graphic and decal printing. This type of vinyl cutting equipment is available in both vertical and horizontal forms. For example, if you need a decal that will fit neatly on the glass cabinet, you can use a horizontal template, which can also be used for cutting other shapes and designs as well.
One of the advantages of heat transfer vinyl cutting machine is that it has no gaps between the cut lines. This allows the outline of the graphic to follow the contour of the material and avoid seams. Most graphics professionals prefer to use this kind of cutting machine for crafting intricate images and detailed pictures on their client’s products. They find it easier to craft intricate designs and shapes than cutting by hand. Also, they can create various sizes of graphics in very little time compared to manually crafting a particular size and shape.
Some heat transfer vinyl products also come with special edges that help prevent edges from leaking. They are sometimes made of heat-resistant vinyl for added protection. You can also get templates and stencils included in the package when you purchase these products. The templates allow you to transfer an image or design directly onto the sheet without the need for cutting, peeling off or sanding. You can either purchase the stencil directly or create one from scratch on the template by using special tools.
When the process of transferring the design begins, the first step is to place the vinyl onto the clear plastic sheet and press the heat transfer vinyl on top of the clear plastic sheet. This will cause a heat energy field to be generated and this is what causes the vinyl to adhere to the clear plastic sheet. The heat energy then causes the design to be bonded permanently to the clear plastic sheet. At this point the vinyl becomes resistant to all kinds of pressures, heat and movements. When you place the sheet inside the machine, it will create a heat energy field and the sheet will become subject to intense pressure.
Once the sheet is in this pre-prepared state, you can move onto pressing the garment. First put the garment into the machine and start the up process. Once the garment is in place, make sure that the needle valve is positioned properly. Then place the heat transfer vinyl on top of the garment and carefully press it down. This will create a deep layer of glue which will adhere to the garment.
When the glue has been sufficiently dried, you will want to remove it from the sheet and use the utility knife to remove the design from the bottom sheet. Make sure that you do not get any of the glue on the other sheets of the heat transfer vinyl. Now you can cut the garment to your desired length and you are ready to press it into place. You should use a rotary cutter to make sure that you do not cut into the other areas of the garment that will have an extra layer of glue to hold them in place.