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Pressing DTF- Heat & Measurements

Updated: Feb 5

No, the color ribbon isn't a design we accidentally added to your order!! Every Gang Sheet Order will come with a "Color Ribbon" that runs along your transfer roll. This is an internal production color guide, and is not meant to be applied. Simply cut the ribbon off of your design. Don't apply it to apparel!

How to Press on Fabric:

*Please note: All heat presses vary in terms of temperature and pressure, below are general guidelines.  If this is your first time ordering with us, we do recommend ordering a few extra designs for use in determining optimal temp, time and pressure for your press. A household iron will not work with these transfers on worn apparel.

You will need to have a heat press that applies pressure in order to use our DTF Transfers on apparel. Using a press with low or no pressure will allow the design to adhere to the garment, but after a few washes, it will begin to crack, wrinkle, or fall off the garment.

Cotton Fabric: 300-310 degrees/ 1st press: 12-15 seconds/ 2nd press: 8-10 seconds

Polyester Fabric: 285-295 degrees / 1st press: 8-10 seconds/ 2nd press: 5-7 seconds

Cotton/Poly Blend: 295-305 degrees/ 1st press: 10-12 seconds/ 2nd press: 7-9 seconds

Pre-Press garment for 5 seconds (prior to applying image), this step helps remove wrinkles and any potential moisture trapped in the fabric.

1st Press: Press according to specific fabric temps and time at medium pressure with image in proper placement.  Each heat press does vary and some experimenting may be necessary for optimal results.

Peel Cold The transfer should cool completely to the touch before removing the film. (rubbing the film with cloth is recommended)

2nd Press: Cover with Teflon (for shiny look) or parchment paper (for matte look) and press a 2nd time according to specific fabric temps and time, medium pressure.

Note: Firm and even pressure is important for good adhesion, avoid any pocket/seams/buttons/zipper/etc. within the press area

You can press multiple times if the transfer is not adhering to the fabric.

We suggest practicing to determine the proper settings.  You can press multiple times if the transfer is not adhering to the fabric, just allow the fabric time to cool in between.

How to Press with a Home Iron:

  • Not recommended for apparel or fabric that will be worn.

  • Not recommended for white non-fabric surfaces. Adhesive may tint yellow and be visible around your lettering.

Please test the amount of heat that is suitable for the item your are wishing to put your design on prior to attempting to lay your design.

Step 1: Set your iron to the highest cotton setting without steam (after testing a small area).

Step 2: Measure and lay your design in the exact position you would like.

Step 3: Cover your design and surface FULLY with a teflon sheet or parchment paper.

Step 4: Apply firm and even pressure with your iron in one area (without lifting or moving your iron) for 10-15 seconds. If you are laying a larger design that is bigger than your iron, carefully lift your iron without moving your partially laid design. Move your iron to the next area and carefully place your iron in the new spot. Repeat as many times as needed.

Step 5: Peel your top film off when you've allowed it to completely cool.

TROUBLESHOOT: If you are finding that there are areas of your design that are not peeling, lay your design back down, and repeat step 3-4 as needed.

Step 6 (optional) : Once your film has been removed, cover your design with a teflon sheet or parchment paper to do a final iron. Do this final iron for 10-20 seconds.

DTF Application Instructions on surfaces
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