5+ Things to Know About Heat Presses Before You Buy

Are you thinking about getting a heat press? That’s great news! Congratulations on wanting to take the next step. Heat presses are a wonderful way to scale your custom business. To help make your selection process a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of important things for you to consider before you make your purchase. 

HEAT PRESS (1)There are 3 types of heat presses. You can choose a clam style which is an upward opening machine. 

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a swing style, where the upper platen swings completely away, to the left or the right. 

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or a drawer style, where you pull the lower platen out towards you, like a drawer. Some of our TransPro Heat Presses have the clam style/pull out platen which is why it is one our best sellers. 

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  • All heat presses are not created equal. The heat presses we sell 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.
  • When deciding on a good size for your heat press, you want to consider the transfer/design that you will be pressing – not the garment size. A 15×15 is considered a standard commercial size heat press, and you can press designs that are about 14×14. A 16×20 heat press offers more pressing area to work with, about 15×19. Any size shirt will fit on the bottom pad and either press can accommodate the different sizes.
  • Our heat presses cannot be connected to a computer to print designs. The heat press is designed to transfer already printed images.
  • The machine doesn’t come with one setting that will work for all items. The transfer, vinyl, or paper you are pressing will determine the settings – time, temperature and pressure.

Once you have the heat press here are a few secrets to using your heat press successfully:

  • Pressure is important. Make sure to have adequate pressure before applying the transfers. You should be able to close it comfortably with two hands and have some resistance when you lock the press.
  • Make sure to have an even surface for application. Zippers, seams, v-necks or pockets affect the transfers by not allowing for a smooth pressing area. Using pressing pillows or perfect pads will help fix this.
  • When a transfer 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.
  • Heat presses take about 15-20 minutes on average to heat up to the desired temperature. This is similar to an oven.

Do you want to win a heat press for yourself?  Head to Instagram and enter our giveaway!valentine giveaway

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NEW PRODUCT ALERT: TransPro Select Auto Plus 16X20 Heat Press

Did you hear the news? We now carry a new, electric powered automatic heat press! If you are a frequent heat press user, you’ll want to see all that the TransPro Select Auto Plus 16X20 Heat Press has to offer.

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This “E Series” heat press uses the most advanced electric control system to achieve full automatic operation. You can:

  • Easily adjust the pressure to the thickness of the items being pressed.
  • Program up to 10 different pressures including high-pressure applications.
  • The TransPro Select Auto Plus comes fully equipped with a digital controller for different pressures and dual time settings.
  • You can also store frequently used settings for your production cycle counter.

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The Trans Pro Select Auto Plus Heat Press is perfect for high volume commercial use, specialty decorators, direct-to-garment printing, and embossing.  Head to our website to read more about it. Watch the video below to see it in action.

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Silhouette School shows us how to use Foil on EasyWeed Adhesive

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We loved having Melissa Viscount from Silhouette School take over our Facebook Live on October 6, demonstrating how she works with Foil and EasyWeed Adhesive.

Melissa enjoys using Foil with EasyWeed Adhesive because it is so versatile – it can be used on any surface that will take heat. She has used it on wood, paper, and all kinds of clothing. At Pro World, we carry foil in 14 solid colors and 10 different holographic and patterned rolls.

In case you missed Melissa on Facebook Live, you can view the video below or on our Facebook Page. She shows us how to layer foil on a baby bodysuit, and also how to crinkle foil for a different effect and adhere it to paper.

Cool right?

Here are the step by step instructions for using EasyWeed Adhesive and Foil on a Baby Bodysuit:foil
1- Begin by uploading or creating your design using your software. Make sure to mirror your image, and place your Easyweed Adhesive shiny side down before you cut. If using a Silhouette, blade should be 2, speed 3, and thickness 14.
2 – Weed your design.
3 – Pre-press your bodysuit. Do this by placing your garment on your TransPro® Heat Press for 20 seconds on 305 degrees.
4 – Find the center of the bodysuit by folding it in half and pressing it again. The line is where your adhesive design will go.
5 – Fold your Easyweed Adhesive design to find the center.
6 – Place the Easyweed Adhesive center on the center line of the bodysuit.
7 – Place your bodysuit on the prepping pad and cover with a non-stick sheet. Press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
8 – Peel carrier sheet off of adhesive.
9 – Cut a piece of foil from your roll, and then cut it down to size. Note that the foil will only apply to where the Easyweed Adhesive is.
10 – Place your onesie on the prepping pad, cover the Easyweed Adhesive area with foil, and place your non-stick sheet on top. Press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
Wait for the foil to cool (about 20 seconds), and then peel the foil back.
11 – Repeat all of these steps for layering your second design. Remember, foil will only stick to Easyweed Adhesive – it will not stick to the other foil, and it will not stick to any other part of the garment.

Melissa’s Tip #1: Don’t throw out little foil pieces – you’ll be able to use them in other designs.
Melissa’s Tip #2: When washing garments with foil, wash them inside out. It is also highly recommended to lay the garment flat to dry so that the design lasts longer.

Here are the step by step instructions for adding EasyWeed Adhesive and Foil to Paper:

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1 – Begin by uploading or creating your design using your software. Make sure to mirror your image, and place your Easyweed Adhesive shiny side down before you cut. If using a Silhouette, blade should be 2, speed 3, and thickness 14.
2 – Weed your design.
3 – Place your design on the paper.
4 – Place your paper on the prepping pad, cover with your non-stick sheet and place on the heat press.
5 – Leave on the heat press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
6 – Peel off carrier sheet.
7 – Apply your foil over the Easyweed Adhesive, place back on the prepping pad, cover with the non-stick sheet, and press for 20 seconds at 305 degrees.
8 – Wait for the foil to cool (about 20 seconds), and peel back.

Melissa’s Tip #1: To give the foil a distressed look, crinkle the foil before applying it to the Easyweed Adhesive.

Melissa’s Tip #2: Melissa always creates a weeding box with her design. In Silhouette Studio she uses the Draw Square tool and draws it around her design, which makes it super easy to weed. Just make sure to take off any area you do not want foil on.

Interested in the TransPro® 15×15? You can snag one for $99 when you purchase at least $399 in stock transfers, transfer paper, heat applied vinyl, sublimation paper, sublimation blank printables, and Silhouette products (excluding cutters). The discount on your heat press will be applied automatically when you’ve ordered at least $399 of merchandise on a single order (not including the heat press).

Join us every Friday at 12:15 pm EST on Facebook Live to learn something new! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Learn all about the TransPro Basic Starter Package

Whether you are just getting started in your business or are a hobbyist, a TransPro Heat Press is a great item to have. It is our most popular brand and comes in a variety of sizes. And if you go with the TransPro Basic Starter Package, you not only get more bang for your buck, but it also makes for a fantastic gift.

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The starter package includes:

-The Trans Pro 15×15 Heat press which is ideal for heat applying transfers to t-shirts, jackets, mouse pads, tile, and more. It is heavy duty and equipped with an automatic digital timer. This model is our most popular heat press and comes with our industry standard Pro World warranty. There is an upgrade option available for this package- you can choose the 16×20 Trans Pro heat press for the same great capabilities, just with a larger heat platen.

-$50 off a future order to help you get started. You will receive a coupon in this amount following your purchase of the starter package.

-20 Sheets of 8.5×11 Jetpro Soft Stretch inkjet paper which produces soft, vibrant, and wash-durable transfers for white and light colored fabrics.

-10 sheets of 8.5×11 3G Opaque Paper Darks inkjet paper which produces vibrant and wash-durable transfers for dark colored fabrics.

-A Tee Square to perfectly align your graphics.

-A non-stick sheet to prevent transfers from bleeding through onto the pack of the garment.

This is a great package that will help you get started, while keeping the cost down. It is also the perfect addition to your wish list! For more information on the starter kit, visit our website.

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