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.

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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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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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Create a Personalized Fleece Blanket

Temperatures are dropping! It’s the perfect weather for cozying up under a fleece blanket and watching a movie!  Making a personalized fleece blanket is so easy, and makes a lovely gift. All you have to do is add heat transfer vinyl (HTV).

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Here’s how to make one:

1.      Begin by uploading or creating your design using your software. Make sure to mirror your image, then cut your heat transfer vinyl.

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2.      Weed your design.

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3.      Find the corner of your blanket. Make sure the blanket tag is on the reverse side.

4.      Line up your design on the blanket corner.

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5.      Set your heat press to 320 degrees.

6.      Place your pressing pillow on the heat press.

7.      Place your blanket corner on top.

8.      Cover the blanket with 3D Vacuum Film.

9.      Cover the 3D Vacuum Film with a Non-Stick Sheet.

10.   Press for 11 seconds with light pressure for Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, take off heat press and peel off carrier sheet.

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11.   Press for 20 seconds with Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl, take off heat press, wait to cool down, and peel off carrier sheet.

Personalized fleece blankets make great holiday gifts for family, friends, neighbors and teachers! Pair it with a DVD or Netflix gift card and popcorn or candy, and you’ll have a fun and thoughtful movie-themed gift!

 If you missed our Facebook Live on personalizing fleece blankets you can watch it below!

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HTV vs Sublimation – What’s the difference?

When it comes to creating custom products, there are a number of different ways to do it. So how do you know which is right for you, your specific project, and your business overall? We’re going to help break it down for you. As you’ve seen from our Friday Facebook Live videos we love to create things and two of the main ways we make our designs is with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and sublimation.

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With HTV you can create an endless supply of personalized shirts, bags, hats, aprons, etc. It is available in a number of different colors, sizes, and finishes, and you can use it alone or layer it for a more dimensional look.

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Sublimation is a great way to add a premium full-color, photographic quality image to your project, especially since it will not crack, peel, or wash away. When sublimation inks are heated to 400*F with a heat press, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to white or light colored polyester fabrics, or items with a polymer coating.

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HTV gives you more options when it comes to garments as it works on any color, unlike sublimation which can only be done on white or light colored fabrics. But if you are personalizing phone cases, mugs, frames, etc., sublimation is a more simplified process that gives you more options.

And while HTV and sublimation are each great in different ways and for different projects, they can also be used together. Want to sublimate on a dark colored garment? Create a design using HTV and then sublimate on top of it. Talk about one of a kind!

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For more tips check out our Facebook Live videos.

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All About Heat Transfer Vinyl

All About Heat Transfer Vinyl

With Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) you can create an endless supply of personalized shirts, bags, hats, aprons, etc. HTV is available in a number of different colors, sizes, and finishes, which means if you use your imagination, almost anything is possible. Here at Pro World, we offer a wide variety of HTV options.

We carry Siser EasyWeed Vinyl by the sheet and roll, both in multiple sizes. We offer a number of colors of the standard EasyWeed, fluorescent, and glitter as well as a glow in the dark vinyl. Siser EasyWeed can be peeled hot or cold and doesn’t lift during weeding. It’s extremely durable and won’t wear after numerous washings. It applies at a lower temperature setting and lower pressure than other vinyls and is also thinner making it great for layering. Siser EasyWeed Extra, Electric, Holographic, Stretch, CADflex, Siser EasyPatterns, ReflectAll, Brick, Strip Flock, and Metallic are also available.

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Chemica Firstmark is a semi matte vinyl available in multiple sizes and a number of colors that is best when applied to cotton, polyester, acrylic, and similar materials. We also offer Chemica Mirror Vinyl, which has a metallic finish, in 2 colors, Chemica Firstmark Fluorescent available in 4 colors, and Chemica Quickflex which applies in 5 seconds to cotton, polyester, acrylic, and similar fibers. It peels hot, is soft, flexible, ultrathin, and easy to weed and washes well. It comes in 16 colors. Chemica Bling Bling is an ultra-metallic “glitter-flake” vinyl perfect for cheer and team spirit apparel and it comes in 10 colors. We also offer Chemica Metallic, Chemica Fashion Vinyl, and Chemica Darklite.

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There are multiple types of ThermoFlex available in assorted colors and sizes. ThermoFlex Plus Metal Flake is a highly flexible vinyl. It has small pieces of glitter within the vinyl but is smooth to the touch, and will wash and wear very well. It comes in 6 colors. We also have ThermoFlex Plus available in 38 colors, ThermoFlex Glossy available in 6 colors, ThermoFlex Plus Antique available in old gold and antique silver, ThermoFlex Xtra Antique available in old gold and antique silver, ThermoFlex Xtra available in 14 colors, and ThermoFlex Plus Neon available in 3 colors. The ThermoFlex Xtra is specially designed for decorating nylon, leather, rayon, and other heat sensitive surfaces. FashionFlex is pre-printed heat vinyl that has a textured look and feel. We offer it in zebra and camouflage. GlitterFlex Ultra Vinyl comes in 10 colors and has glitter flakes encased in it. It is a bit thicker than other vinyl’s so be sure to increase your cutting pressure accordingly.

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Silhouette Smooth Vinyl will give your project a subtly, shiny look. The Silhouette Flocked Vinyl is velvety and has a fibrous texture, and the Silhouette Glitter Vinyl will add a little glam to your project. They are all manufactured with transfer tape already adhered and come in a number of colors.

 

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With so many different brands, types, and sizes of vinyl available, it can be hard to decide which is best for your project. Different types work best on different materials, so be sure to read about the options to make sure they fulfil your needs. For more information about the HTV we offer and all of the different colors, sizes, and finishes, visit our website, https://www.proworldinc.com/heat-transfer-vinyl/heat-transfer-vinyl-for-garments.html.

Do you have a favorite HTV? Have you used any of the specialty varieties? Share pictures of your projects in the comments!

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DIY Cinch Sacks

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Cinch sacks are a great way to show off your favorite team, school, or athlete, while keeping your belongings safe and together. They also make great fundraisers for club teams, troupes, and schools. Today we’re going to walk you through creating these cute and easy to make, practical bags. For more information on making these bags, check out our Facebook Live post,

To make your own cinch bags you’ll need:
-Design software
-Cutting machine
Siser Easyweed Extra vinyl (designed for nylons)
-Weeding tool
Heat press
-Pressing Pillow
-Non-stick sheet
-Cinch sack

  1. Before you begin creating your design, be sure your heat press is set to 302 degrees for 10 seconds for Siser Easyweed Extra.
  2. Using your software, create or upload the design you want to use and be sure to mirror it before cutting.
  3. Once it is cut, weed your design.
  4. Place your pressing pillow inside the cinch bag to allow the press to reach the area you want your design on without extra material getting in the way.
  5. Place your design where you want it on the bag, making sure the pressing pillow is in the correct spot, and then lay it on your heat press.
  6. Place your non-stick sheet on top of the design.
  7. Press your design.
  8. Lift the top of your press and remove your non-stick sheet.
  9. Peel your design hot.
  10. Remove the pillow.
  11. Admire your new bag!

You can also layer the vinyl for a multi-color, dimensional look. To Do That:

  1. Use Siser Easyweed Extra as the main design and press it onto your bag.
  2. To layer, use a different type of vinyl (standard Siser Easyweed, glitter, etc.).
  3. Design.
  4. Mirror.
  5. Cut.
  6. Weed your design.
  7. Place it on top of the already pressed Easayweed Extra.
  8. Make sure the pressing pillow is still in place.
  9. Lay the non-stick sheet on top.
  10. Press for the appropriate amount of time (305 degrees for 10-15 seconds for standard, 320 degrees for 10-15 seconds for glitter).
  11. Once it’s done, remove the non-stick sheet.
  12. Peel hot.
  13. Enjoy your bag.

For more information on heat settings and times, visit our website, https://www.proworldinc.com/. Share the bags you’ve made with us in the comments!

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3 Ways to Decorate a Mug!

One way to take your crafting business to another level is to add mugs to your offerings. They’re a fun way to express your personality, they make wonderful gifts, and you can never have too many! There are three ways to decorate mugs- adhesive vinyl, heat transfer vinyl and sublimation. Today we are going to explain the process for each as well as show you how we did it via video! 

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1) To make a mug with HTV we recommend setting your heat press at 360* at 30 seconds. You will want to set the pressure to heavy when applying HTV. Now that your heat press is warming up, use your software to create your design. Then make sure to mirror it before printing. After you print, weed your design. Then place your design, sticky side down, on your mug. Place the mug in the mug press and let it work its magic. When it’s done, it will be hot, so use caution and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it cools a bit, peel the backing off and you’re done!

2) When using adhesive vinyl for mugs, design your image and cut it exactly as you want it to look on the mug. This means that you DO NOT need to mirror your design. Just design, cut and weed it. Then, cut your transfer paper to the size of your image, place it sticky side up on your work surface and place your image face down on top of it. Then, peel the back of the design off and you’re ready to adhere the design to the mug. Place the design where you want it and use your squeegee to adhere it. Once adhered, peel the transfer paper off and you’re done!

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3) To make a mug using sublimation you’ll want to adjust your heat, time and pressure settings. We recommend 400 and 4 minutes. Print your design using your sublimation printer and cut it a bit larger than your mug. Place the paper on the mug and tape it in place. Once your image is secure, place the mug in the mug press, making sure it’s lined up properly, and secure it. Once it’s done, using gloves, remove the mug and dip it into warm water to stop the sublimation process. Do not use cold water as it will cause the mug to crack. After you’ve dipped the mug, allow it to cool a bit longer, and you’re done!

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While we love using vinyl on our mugs, be sure to let your customers know not to put them in the microwave or dishwasher. For long term use and selling purposes, sublimation may be a better method. For more details on mug making, check out our Facebook Live, 

Have you made mugs using any of these methods? Share your experiences and designs in the comments!

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Personalize Baby Clothes With HTV

Heat transfer vinyl opens the door to so many crafting possibilities. The options are endless- especially when it comes to newborn clothes. Why not make one for each milestone and special occasion? Need a gift for a new mom? Personalize a shirt just for her. It’s easy and special. Just follow today’s tutorial!

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For this project you will need-

Once you have your supplies follow these steps:

1. Choose or create your design using your software.

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2. Next, mirror your image.

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3. Insert the heat transfer vinyl into your cutting machine, adjust your blade and cut!

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4. Weed your design.

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Here are some more newborn outfits made from HTV from around the web!

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