Pattern HTV Instructions

We recommend doing a temperature/time and cut test before you get started on full design especially if this is the first time using this item or if you are applying with an iron. 

Pattern/printed heat transfer vinyl instructions- Manufacturer recommended settings 320 degrees for 18 seconds (4.3 mil thickness)
***USE A TEFLON SHEET (RECOMMENDED) or PARCHMENT OVER THE TRANSFER.  We have included a sheet of heat application transfer tape to get you started.  If you need parchment you can purchase a roll of parchment paper in every grocery store by the aluminum foil.  If you are using transfer tape it will not protect the vinyl from excess heat.  Test on scrap fabric or in an inconspicuous area first to figure out your needed time and temperature settings since all irons and presses are different.  The cotton setting is too hot.  An average iron cotton setting is 400 degrees.  The polyester or silk setting is USUALLY around 300 degrees but not guaranteed.  It depends on your iron.   If there is a distressed look, faded, smearing  or the pattern looks like the inks are coming up then the iron is too hot.   It is better to start with a low temperature and add time than temperature.  The transfer tape is not necessary for this material to remove the vinyl from the backing but we do recommend it for an easier application especially with intricate designs.  Transfer tape can usually be used twice.  Just return it to the backing after the first use.  If you need more it is available in our shop.  Regular transfer tape will ruin the vinyl.  You need to make sure you are using a heat transfer application tape.
DIRECTIONS FOR HEAT PRESS-
Cut pattern/color side up like a decal (not in reverse/mirror) and weed excess material.  Do not cut through the backing.  Backing can be thrown away once removed.  You will only want to cut through the actual vinyl.  Apply heat transfer tape to top of design by bending slightly and attaching to the center out towards the edges.  This helps to remove air bubbles. Then squeegee,  remove backing from design and tape and place design on garment white/shiny side down.  If not using transfer tape, carefully remove the design from the backing after weeding excess vinyl off.  Lay design on garment either with transfer tape applied or without, white shiny side down/pattern side up.  Cover with parchment paper or Teflon sheet.  Heat press at 320 degrees for 18 seconds with medium to heavy pressure. Peel hot within 5 seconds.

DIRECTIONS FOR IRON-
Cut pattern/color side up like a decal (not in reverse/mirror) and weed excess material.  Do not cut through the backing.  Backing can be thrown away once removed.  You will only want to cut through the actual vinyl.  Apply heat transfer tape to top of design by bending slightly and attaching to the center out towards the edges.  This helps to remove air bubbles. Then squeegee,  remove backing and place design on garment white shiny side down.  If not using transfer tape, carefully remove the design from the backing after weeding excess vinyl off.  Lay design on garment either with transfer tape applied or without, white side shiny down/pattern side up.  Cover with parchment paper or Teflon sheet.  If you do not use parchment paper or teflon, the vinyl will melt.
Turn iron onto low to medium low heat.  Start with 10-15 seconds with even downward pressure and add an additional 5-10 seconds as needed.  It is better to increase time as needed than temperature.  Try to avoid moving the iron side to side. When the pattern of the fabric threads can be seen on the vinyl and the edges are attached, the vinyl is properly adhered.  Peel hot.

Wash and dry normal not on hot.  No bleaches, fabric softeners or other harsh chemicals.  Chemicals in perfumes, bug sprays, sunscreens and similar items can ruin vinyl.