All About Pressing Pillows & Perfect Pads

Pressing Pillows vs. Perfect Pads. Do you know the difference?  While neither are absolutely necessary to use your heat press, once you’ve worked with them, you won’t know how you ever pressed without them!  Both will make getting your heat pressing jobs done a whole lot easier!

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Which one to use depends on the size of your design, and how smooth the area is that you are working with.

First let’s discuss the Pressing Pillow.  Made out of a Teflon covered foam, not only do the pillows protect your garments and fabrics from the harsh heating process, but they even out the area where you’d like to place your design.

Zippers, buttons, and seams all get in the way of creating a flat surface area on your garment. Without a Pressing Pillow, the top plate of the heat press may not get a tight seal on the actual heat transfer vinyl (HTV), causing a lack of pressure which may not allow the HTV to stick well to the surface of your garment. When you insert the pillow into the garment, these obstacles sink down into the pillow (for instance a zipper won’t press in causing printing issues) and eliminate the pressure points creating a smooth area.

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Pillows come in a four pack:

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  • 6×6 (we like using them for baby onesies).
  • 5×16 (great for sleeves and legs)
  • 10×10 (we like this size for tote bags)
  • 15×15 (great for adult garments, especially with a bunch of zippers and/or buttons)

While Pressing Pillows allow the zippers and seams to depress into the pillow, Perfect Pads raise the printing area to work around these elements. The Perfect Pad should be inserted directly under the area where the HTV will go, and not under any zippers, buttons, seams or anything creating an uneven surface.  Because the Perfect Pads maintain even pressure, they are also a great accessory for screen printed or digital transfers.  The pads are made out of rubber, like that on the bottom of the heat press.

Perfect Pads come in four different sizes and are sold individually:

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When you have a garment that you just can’t get around something, like buttons or seams, it’s best to go with a Pressing Pillow (such as a baby onesie with all of these thick seams).  The Perfect Pad is great though when you already have an even surface and are in need of a specific size to apply your design.

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Want to see the pressing pillows and perfect pads in action? Watch our Facebook Live!

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Personalized Baseball Ideas to Make This Spring

Knock your sales out of the park this spring with personalized baseball and softball products! We have an extensive list of supplies that allow for you to create anything you can imagine.

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From heat transfers, heat transfer vinyl, adhesive vinyl and even sublimation there is something for everyone. Need some ideas to get you started? Here are a few!

You can create batting helmet labels from adhesive vinyl, so that the team can tell each other apart.

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Let the fans show their love of the game with shirts made from HTV or heat transfers.

IMG_3229-e1461730984340Our baseball and softball heat transfers come in screen print, rhinestone and even studs!

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You can personalize team jerseys with heat transfer vinyl.

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You can even sublimate your own baseball awards!

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Bag Tags

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Photo From Finnegan and the Hughes!

Need more ideas? Try personalizing bat bags, bat racks, water bottles (with vinyl or sublimation).  Hats and visors are great to customize as well.

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St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

You don’t need luck to bring you to the end of the rainbow this Saint Patrick’s Day. You just need a few supplies to fill your own pot of gold! You’ll find everything that you need here at Pro World.  Do you need some inspiration? Read below!

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You can take a plain beer mug and turn it into the perfect St. Patty’s drinking vessel with a little adhesive vinyl.

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Or make sublimated shot glasses

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Or sublimated koozies

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You can even make and sell shirts for the whole family from vinyl, heat transfers or both!

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Want to see some of our favorite heat transfers? Check them out!

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Make Your Project Sparkle: Combine a Sequin Heat Transfer with HTV

Want to add sequins to your next vinyl project?

Today we are going to show you how to make your project sparkle by using a sequin Heat Transfer with Heat Transfer Vinyl. By combing the two products, you can add sequins in one simple step!

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Want to make your own? You Need:

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1 – Design your cut file, flip your file horizontally, change your cut settings, insert your vinyl & click cut.

2 – Weed your design. ( we used Siser Strip Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl for a soft, 3-dimensional look)

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3 – Pre-heat your heat press.

4 – Now we need to trace your vinyl onto the back of your heat transfer. We did this by drawing a line around your HTV, which will make it easier to cut.

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5 – Carefully cut a hole in your heat transfer.

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6- Peel the backing off of your heat transfer and place it on your pillow case.

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7- Press and peel the Heat Transfer instructions.

8 – Now, place and press your heat transfer vinyl inside the blank space.

9 – Stuff your pillow and admire your work.

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Valentine’s Day Heat Transfers

There’s no better time to wear your heart on your sleeve (or shirt, tote, or pillow!) than Valentine’s Day!  And the easiest and fastest way to do it is with a heat transfer!

At Pro World you can find thousands of heat transfer options. They come in rhinestonesscreen printsmixed media and even embroidered options. And applying them is so easy! All you need is a heat transfer, a heat press, and your garment! Lay the heat transfer on your garment, press it with your heat press according to the instructions listed online, and peel the backing paper off of your design.  All it takes is 15 seconds!

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Do you want to use a Heat Transfer for Valentine’s Day? We pulled together a few heart/love designs for you: 

Spell out love with a heart made of rhinestones:

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Or spell it our in sequins:

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Say it in another language:

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Paw prints make a happy heart:

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And flowers that say I love you:

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When wine is your Valentine:

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Add some shine with these hearts:

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Add some shimmer with a big sequin heart:

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Want to see more? Head to our website. 

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How To Layer Glitter HTV

Did you know that you can layer Chemica Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl? It’s true! You can press up to 3 layers. Here’s how.

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You need:
Multiple colors of Chemica Bling Bling Heat Transfer Vinyl
Something to put your HTV on (we used a shirt)
Non-Stick sheet
A heat press

Directions: 

Step 1: Design, Cut and Weed your Chemica Bling Bling pieces.

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Step 2: Warm up your heat press, and press your first vinyl layer at 320 degrees F for 20 seconds. Peel the plastic transfer paper off once it is cold.

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Step3:Lay your next piece of glitter HTV on top and cover your full design with a non-stick sheet. Press it again at 320 degrees F for 20 seconds. Once it cools you can peel the cover off.

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Step 4: Add your third and last layer on top of your vinyl and cover your full design with a non-stick sheet. Press it again at 320 degrees F for 20 seconds. Once it cools you can peel the plastic overlay off and admire your sparkly results!

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Holiday Heat Transfers

The holidays are a busy time of the year, both personally and professionally. But this year you can work smarter instead of harder by including Heat Transfers into your product offerings. 

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Here at Pro World, we stock 1000’s of transfers including rhinestones, screen printed, mixed media and embroidered transfer options. To apply all you need is the Heat Transfer, a heat press, and your garment! Lay the heat transfer on your garment, press it with your heat press according to the instructions listed online, and peel the backing paper off of your design. Your finished product will be ready to go in only 15 seconds.

We carry so many holiday transfers, the hard part will be narrowing down your selection. We have heat transfer designs for both adults and children, in a variety of media types (screen print, foil, rhinestones/studs, 3D, solar, and glitter).

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Here are a few we pulled, but you can shop all of our holiday heat transfers here.

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Display your season’s greetings in rhinestones with this heat transfer:

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Tell Santa your wish list with this heat transfer:

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We have heat transfers for siblings:

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and Baby’s First Christmas:

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For all the cat and dog lovers, we have heat transfers for you. Here is one featuring our feline friends:

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And a heat transfer where a canine is in the spotlight

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If you love snow and can’t wait to build a snowman, check out this heat transfer:

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We have trees that sparkle:

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And for those who need a little help to get through the holidays:

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The holiday heat transfers are a ton of fun, and can even be personalized by adding vinyl to your garment!

Have you used one of our holiday heat transfers? Tag us on Instagram so that we can see!

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Preparing For Holiday Craft Shows

The holidays will be here before we know it. And with the holidays comes craft show season and multiple opportunities to expose your business and creations to a new audience. If you start preparing for these shows now, you’ll be in great shape, with a large offering, by the time the shows come around.

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Before you start crafting, you need to decide which items you’re going to feature and prepare accordingly. To save money, buy in bulk where you can. We offer a wide variety of products you can sublimate and apply heat transfer vinyl to, and there are discounts for bulk orders. If you use a lot of vinyl in your creations, you can also order that in bulk as well, saving you both time and money.

If you want to be able to offer more personal options to your customers, you can always set up a crafting station at your show and bring along your cutting machine and a mini heat press. Don’t miss out on sales because you don’t have exactly what someone is looking for ready to go. By creating it on the spot, you’re giving your customer what they want, and providing excellent customer service. You’re also showing off your capabilities and talent.

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Think about how diverse the list of people you shop for each holiday season is. What are you considering for each of them? What do you offer that would be suitable? While creating your product for these shows, keep that all in mind. Be a one stop shop for your customers- help them check people off their lists by offering unique, personal gifts that appeal to a wide variety of people.

Have you already started preparing? Share your ideas and creations in the comments. Or is there something you’d like to offer, but are unsure of how to successfully execute it? Let us know and maybe we can go over it in a future Facebook Live.

If you need some inspiration check out some here:

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DIY Holiday Hostess Gift - Sublimation on Coasters

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Fall Heat Transfers

There’s so much to be excited about in the Fall: Cooler weather, football, Halloween, pumpkin everything, and Thanksgiving, to name a few.  With a heat transfer, you can easily create a t-shirt, sweatshirt, baseball cap or bag to celebrate your favorite parts of the season in a matter of seconds.

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Heat Transfers are so easy to apply. All you need is the Heat Transfer, a heat press, and your garment! Lay the heat transfer on your garment, press it with your heat press according to the instructions listed online, and peel the backing paper off of your design.  Your finished product will be ready to go in only 15 seconds.

We have thousands of heat transfer designs to choose from for both adults and children, in a variety of media types (screen print, foil, rhinestones/studs, 3D, solar, and glitter). Here are some designs that get us excited for fall:

Autumn Heat Transfers:

Why is it as soon as we feel that hint of crisp, cooler weather, we crave pumpkin everything (candles, pie, coffee, etc.)?  Pumpkins, plus the leaves changing color, are the highlight of Fall to many.  

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Football:

We take this sport seriously, which is why you can find 60 football-themed heat transfers on our site.   Take a cozy sweatshirt, apply your graphic, and keep warm while watching the game!

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Soccer:

Cheering anyone on this season? We have a variety of heat transfer designs so you can show your support!  Your favorite players will be so excited to see you displaying your enthusiasm in the crowd.

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Halloween:

Not a fan of the head-to-toe Halloween costume? No problem! We have plenty of heat transfer designs so that you can still show your Halloween spirit.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Transfers:

Be the light on a dark Halloween night…even it if is a little scary!  These glow-in-the-dark heat transfers are a lot of fun!

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Proudly display your turkey this Thanksgiving!

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All About Transfer Paper

Transfer paper allows you to create your own custom heat transfers that you can iron on or adhere with your heat press. It comes in a variety of sizes and is durable and completely washable.

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With no purchase minimums, you have the freedom to create custom t-shirt designs for a single customer, or a group, which is important for new businesses as well as those that are already established. Whether you need inkjet transfer paper for a standard inkjet printer, or you’d rather create your iron-on transfer designs with an inkjet printer, we have you covered.

The Jetpro Soft Stretch Inkjet Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It produces soft, supple, vibrant, and washable ink jet printed transfers for white and light colored fabrics. It can be used to apply designs and photographs and can be trimmed to reduce the transfer of the background.

3G Opaque Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. This also produces vibrant and washable transfers but are suitable for dark fabrics. Like the Jetpro, you can use it for basic designs as well as photographs and the design can be trimmed to reduce the transfer of the polymer background. (This transfer paper is not recommended for Hewlett Packard and Dell Printers).

Lasersoft EZ Peel transfer paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It is the only laser transfer available that allows the inks to absorb into the surface of the coating of the paper. The coating then acts like a shield and later bonds the inks to the fabric fibers without using a plastic film offering a high quality, soft solution for laser transfers.

Clc Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17 and works with both oil and non-oil laser printers. This paper is great for transferring high-resolution photographs and images onto dark materials. Garments with a tight weave work best.

CI Trimfree comes in 8.5×11 and works only on solid, light colors. This is the first single step transfer paper and has been developed to release the polymer coating only in areas that have toner coverage where the image is pressed to the fabric. This makes it so you don’t have to trim your design before pressing it to your garment. Images will stay bright and vibrant, even after continued washing and the paper will print on both oil and non-oil laser printers.

Image Clip Laser Paper comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. It works best on light garments and handles full-color designs very well. This paper is self-weeding, so there is no need to trim the excess paper as there will be no background to your printed design, although this paper is a two-step process.

Image Clip Laser Paper for dark, solid garments comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. Just like the Image Clip for lights, there is no need to trim the excess paper as this paper is self-weeding. But this paper is not designed for transferring photography.

Just keep in mind, since there are so many different makes and models of printers we cannot guarantee the results on any one printer. We suggest that you check with the manufacturer in regards to using transfer paper.

Are you a regular user of transfer papers? Which type is your favorite? Do you have any additional tips? Please share with us in the comments!

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