Everything you need to know about buying & using a heat press

Are you thinking about getting a heat press? If so, we put together some important things for you to keep in mind. 

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When buying/using a heat press it is important to….

Read the details! The heat presses that Pro World sells are all equipped to handle plastisol ink transfers with a heavy pressure requirement, but not all heat presses on the market are created to allow for heavy pressure. For example, a heat press advertised as a sublimation heat press is designed for light pressure application and may not offer the heavy pressure setting needed.

Consider what size you will need in the future! A 15×15  heat press is considered a standard commercial size heat press, and allows for you to press designs that are about 14×14. Now, a 16×20 heat press will allow you to press designs that are 15×19. 

Know that they do NOT connect to a computer to print designs!  The heat press is designed to transfer already printed images. This is done through the high heat and pressure. 

Plan ahead! Heat presses take about 15-20 minutes on average to heat up to the desired temperature. This is similar to an oven. So turn your press on as you are designing so that it is warmed up and ready to go once you are ready to press!

Adjust your pressure! Making sure to have adequate pressure before applying your design is very important. An easy way to test your pressure is by the handle; you should be able to close it comfortably with two hands and have some resistance when you lock the press.

Even out the application surface!  Zippers, seams, v-necks or pockets affect the transfers by not allowing for a smooth pressing area. We recommend that you use pressing pillows or perfect pads to keep the area flat. 

Make changes when needed! If you have a project that fails, don’t press another transfer using the same settings. You may need to recheck the application instructions or modify the temperature or pressure on your heat press to ensure a better end product.

Know how to layer vinyl! If you are planning on layering two different colors of vinyl, set your heat press for half of the time, it calls for. You’ll press the first color for a few seconds; then, you’ll add your second color and press it for the full length of time listed on our website. Make sure that all HTV is protected by the clear backing and your nonstick sheet.

Place the designs carefully! Be careful when deciding on placement for your design- if possible, let the seams from the neckline, sides, sleeves, and bottom hang over the side of the heat press as seams can get in the way resulting in uneven pressure. This could cause the vinyl not to apply correctly.

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Custom Father’s Day Gifts

Did you order Dad a Father’s Day gift yet? If the answer is no, you are in luck this year you should make him a gift! After all, nothing says love like a thoughtful homemade gift!

Scroll down to see some Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

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From fishing, to going out in public this Neck Gaiter is sure to come in handy. You can sublimate a custom design or purchase one of your heat transfers to apply to it!

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Is Dad frequently forgetting his keys? Help him out by making him a Key Hanger so that he always has a spot to put his stuff.

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If Dad is a Baseball fan, make him a #1 Dad award on Home Plate!

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Help Dad show his #1 fan status with a custom Yard Sign! Sublimation or Adhesive Vinyl the sky is the limit!

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If Dad loves his car help him keep it clean with a custom Car Coaster!

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If you still need some ideas. You can decorate just about anything with vinyl! From tackle boxes, drinking glasses, watch cases, window decals, apparel, coolers… the list goes on and on!

If you are looking to make Father’s Day gifts to sell, then check out our Father’s Day Heat Transfer Pack.

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Decorate Face Masks With Sublimation

Face Masks have become a necessity to wear while out in public places, but there is no reason that we can’t make them our own and decorate them!

This is why we are happy to announce that we have 2 new face mask blank options for you to decorate!  You can decorate our white face masks with sublimation and a sublimation printer. Or you can decorate a black face mask with vinyl or screen printed transfers.

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Would you like to see how we decorate the face makes? Watch the application process here!

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Her

Did you get Mom a Mother’s Day gift yet? If not, you are in luck because we saved the best for last. These last-minute gifts are sure to make mom smile and feel appreciated on her special day! Plus, it will give her something to play while social distancing! 

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Has Mom been hinting around that she wants a cutting machine? Surprise her with the brand new cameo 4! The Silhouette Cameo 4 is a top of the line cutting machine for all crafters. This quiet, lightweight machine will allow for Mom to make things with vinyl, cardstock, fabric, and more! 

Want to upgrade Mom’s machine for a new one? Check out the Silhouette Cameo 4 Plus. This one will let her cut up to 15″ rolls! Or you could check out some of our professional-grade cutters here.

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If Mom already has a cutting machine I bet she would LOVE to open her Mother’s Day gift and find a box full of vinyl! Stock up on heat transfer vinyl & adhesive so that she can vinyl all things! With a wide array of colors and prints her new vinyl stash will surely bring a smile to her face! 

 

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Let Mom put the iron away for good! With a heat press, she can press her items in less time with less work!  

Our Trans Pro 15 x 15 is a crowd favorite. It is easy to use and makes creating custom goodies a breeze!

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If Mom has been crafting with vinyl for a while, she may be looking to expand into the world of Sublimation! With Sublimation, you can make coffee mugs, keychains, photo frames, sequin blanks, tags, and more. When going with sublimation for the first time, you should check out or Sublimation Starter Package so that you are sure to get her everything that she needs to start crafting! 

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Sublimated Personalized Jewelry

Do you know what Mom would love for Mother’s Day? Personalized Jewelry and with our new sublimation jewelry blanks, you can make it yourself! Scroll down to see what you need and how to make it!

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You Need:

 

To Make Them You Need To:
1 – Open your design program
2 – Select the product

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3 – Add your photo

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4 – Click Print
5 – Cut your design out & tape to the blank

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6 – Warm up your Heat Press to 400 degrees & press!
7 – Remove the backing from the double sided tape on the blank

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8 – Place your sublimated metal disk within the product area.

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9 – Wrap it up – you are done!

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Crafting During The Coronavirus – Share Save & Support

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In a time when we need to keep our distance, help us bring the custom community together by building a photo quilt of togetherness. After all, we all share a common thread – a love for creating! 

We started this crafting quilt with the hope of spreading smiles, creativity, and to do some good for others! This is why we are calling it our Share, Save & Support Quilt! If you SHARE a crafting photo with us by texting us at 1-856-406-2930 we will send you a $10 coupon that will let you SAVE $10 off of your next Pro World order of $59 or more, and we will also donate 5% of the sale to SUPPORT feedingamerica.org

So tell show me… what are you making?! Want to see what others are doing? Head to the quilt! 2004-share-social

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New Website Update

Have you seen our homepage recently? We’ve added a few new sections on the website for you to see!

For starters, we created a spot where we can store handpicked video tutorials to help inspire you to create even more! 

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Currently, we have tutorials like:

  • How to make a reverse canvas
  • Using crayons with an inkjet printer
  • Using HTV on towels
  • Putting Heat Transfer Vinyl On Wood 

See them here! 

Is there a new technique or a product that you would like to see in action? Let us know! 

We also added a spot to help people create a business even simpler! So that you (or a friend of yours) can start making and selling custom items! 

See it here! 

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Easter Items That You Can Make or Decorate!

With Easter “hopping” up around the corner. We thought it would be fun to share some ideas of things that you can make for Easter!

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Want to decorate your space? Make Easter pillows! For this project, we used a sublimation printer and sublimation pillow blanks but you could also use HTV! See how we made them here!

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Want to make the kids some Custom Easter shirts? Roll out the HTV and get designing! Need a tutorial? Go here!

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Want to make a shirt but don’t have a lot of time? Grab an Easter heat transfer and make a funny bunny shirt!

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As your making things for the kids. How about you make them some custom Easter pajamas! That way they can wear them on Easter morning! If you want to see how we made them go here!

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Looking to make some personalized items for the Easter Basket? Personalize a stuffed animal! Just cut the name and press!

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Or if you were looking for something a bit larger you could personalize a beach chair with some HTV!

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How to use Vinyl Letter Remover (VLR)

STOP throwing away your failed HTV projects!!! Now you can save them with VLR (Vinyl Letter Remover).

We’ve all been there. You weed your design, it looks good, you press it and BOOM you see the mistake….You forgot to weed a section!  Or maybe you create your design, you think it looks perfect, you press it and… it’s crooked! Well, fear no more, you can fix your HTV mistake with VLR Vinyl Letter Remover, and it is so simple to use. Below we are showing you HOW to use VLR on your HTV mistakes!

For this specific project, we took a shirt that had HTV put on over a year ago! Ready to see how to remove Heat Transfer Vinyl? you need:

Directions on how to use VLR:

1 – Take your garment and go to a well-ventilated area. 

2- If it is your first time using VLR you will need to take off the cap and puncture the base. Then shake the VLR solution.

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3- Turn the garment inside-out and apply the solvent to the underside of the heat applied material. This will release the vinyl from the garment. 

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4- Once you have applied the VLR, it is best to stretch or pull the area with the mistake. This will make the heat applied material start to peel off of the garment.

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5-Pull off the remaining heat transfer vinyl. 

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6 – If there is any residue left, remove it from the front side of the garment by applying the Vinyl Letter Remover to a clean white rag and rubbing it off. 

7 – Repeat if necessary.

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Create Custom Products for St. Patrick’s Day

Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with custom products? Here are a few ideas for things that you can make with vinyl, heat transfers, and even sublimation

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The quickest way to start earning “gold” is to press a heat transfer onto a garment! With over 60 St. Patrick Heat Transfer designs you are sure to find something that you like!

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Or if you know of a group hitting the town for the annual pub crawl offer to make them custom shirts! You’ll be able to produce them quickly by taking advantage of our Custom Heat Transfers.

If you prefer to work with adhesive vinyl. You can take a plain beer mug and turn it into the perfect St. Patty’s drinking vessel.

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Or if you want to use your sublimation equipment make a sublimated shot glass

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Or sublimated koozies.

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You can even make and sell shirts for the whole family by using heat transfer vinyl

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If you are still looking for some inspiration we had a St. Patty’s Facebook LIVE a few years back that is sure to give you a few cute ideas!

Did you make something already? Let us see it! Tag us on instagram at @proworldinc or use #proworldinc

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