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Three Things to Look for in a Heat Press Machine for Custom T Shirts

Interesting Things logo Interesting Things 8/27/2020 John Sass
a person sitting on a chair: The perfect t-shirt design—because you made it! © Provided by Interesting Things The perfect t-shirt design—because you made it!

Heat press machines use heat and pressure to transfer images to textiles (and sometimes to other surfaces like mugs). This is an easier, faster, less expensive alternative to traditional screen printing—making it possible to DIY heat press projects right at home.

a close up of a device: This option provides all the heat and pressure needed, with a super small footprint. © Provided by Interesting Things This option provides all the heat and pressure needed, with a super small footprint.

The first thing to consider when comparing heat presses is size. The area of the press plate determines the size of the transfers you can apply, so a smaller, easy-to-store heat press is perfect for applying transfers to hats, accessories and children’s clothing.

a close up of a device: This clamshell design processes larger transfers, yet fits into smaller crafting areas. © Provided by Interesting Things This clamshell design processes larger transfers, yet fits into smaller crafting areas.

You’ll also need to consider the type of heat press that meets your needs. The most common heat press recommended for beginners is a clamshell, which has a top plate that lifts up at a 45-degree angle and then lowers to apply the heat and pressure to make the transfer. This design is easy to use and requires less floor space since the plates operate in an up-and-down, open-and-close manner. It’s ideal for working with thinner fabrics like t-shirts.

a close up of a sign: This equipment can rotate 360° and works with non-flat surfaces to provide maximum precision and efficiency. © Provided by Interesting Things This equipment can rotate 360° and works with non-flat surfaces to provide maximum precision and efficiency.

The more robust option is a swing-away heat press. With this design, the top plate swings out to the side of the press to open it. This means the press can accommodate much thicker textiles and even non-flat surfaces like mugs. The major benefit is a more precise application of the transfer and greater energy efficiency (since the plates lose less heat between transfers)—but swinging open means you’ll need more floor space. Also look for convenience features like a non-stick plate surface and attachments (like mug cradles) that expand the heat press’ options.

a close up of a sign: This equipment can rotate 360° and works with non-flat surfaces to provide maximum precision and efficiency.

This equipment can rotate 360° and works with non-flat surfaces to provide maximum precision and efficiency.
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