Heat Transfer Vinyl FAQs

Q: What do I need before I start?

A: Getting started is simple! You’ll need an idea for a design, something to put that design on and then the fun stuff. Grab some ImPRESSED Vinyl™ heat transfer vinyl and something to cut it with. This can include a Silhouette or Cricut machine; scissors; or an Exacto knife if you are more old-fashioned.

Q: Wait, but what is vinyl?

A: We specialize in Heat Transfer Vinyl, or HTV, which is a specific kind of vinyl that you cut and press onto different materials or fabrics to create unique designs. Look at your favorite graphic tee; all the lettering and imaging on that tee was put there using HTV. We sell our vinyl in sheets with adhesive backing so that you can cut, weed, and place it on your desired material with ease. Check out our blog for more information on how vinyl is used.

Q: What is the quality of your vinyl?  

A: Here at ImPRESSED Vinyl™ we provide our valued customers with only the highest quality SGS eco-friendly certified HTV. Our vinyl is vibrant, easy-to-weed and extremely durable even after repeat machine washes!

Q:  What settings should I use on my machine?

A: Always refer to your manufacturer suggested settings. Our vinyl is a smooth polyurethane (pu) material.  We always recommend a test cut. We have created a thorough Machine Setting Chart for the most commonly used machines for you to reference when choosing a setting.

HTV silhouette cricut cut settings

Q: Does your vinyl come with the transfer film on it?

A: Yes! Each sheet of vinyl has a clear carrier sheet.

Q:  On which side do I cut the HTV?

A: Our vinyl has a shiny side and a matte side. Always place the HTV on your mat with the shiny side down. The shiny side of the material is the clear carrier sheet. The carrier sheet holds your design in place while applying to your garment. The carrier sheet is not intended to be cut during the cutting process. This is why you always need to mirror your design before cutting. During heat application, the carrier side (shiny side) will be face up on your garment. Remember to use some Teflon to protect your design when applying heat.  So…mirror your image; cut with the shiny side down and iron with the shiny side up

Q: What heat setting should I use?

A: Just like with the machine settings you should check out your manufacturer’s suggested setting. But for more info, you can refer to our heat setting chart.

Home Iron and Heat Press Settings:

HTV Home Iron Settings

Cricut EasyPress™ Settings:

cricut easy press settings

Q: Do you have to wait until the vinyl is cool before removing the clear film?

A: Yes!  After you cut your design and pressed it, you will want to allow the design to cool for 45-60 seconds before peeling of the clear carrier sheet. Our Vinyl is COLD Peel.  Removing the carrier sheet while still warm or hot may cause the design to stretch or warp as the carrier is being removed.

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