FAQ

WHAT ARE THE TRANSFER SIZES

3″ on longest side for Can cooler (and you get a set of 6 of the same design)
5″ on the longest side – Infant
7.5″ on the longest side – Youth
10″ on the longest side – Adult

12″ on the longest side – Oversize

 

DO TRANSFERS COM WITH DIRECTIONS?

Yes!  All of our transfers come with directions.  They are included in your order.

 

WHAT IS SUBLIMATION

Sublimation is the phase transition of substance directly from the solid to the gas phase without passing through intermediate liquid phase.

WHAT DO I NEED TO USE YOUR SUBLIMATION TRANSFERS

Sublimation transfers work best with 100% polyester. Sublimation only adheres to polyester fibers. You can use 50/50 blends with my sublimation transfers but you will get a vintage/faded look. Sublimation does require the use of a heat press.  Sublimation works best on WHITE and very light color shirts.  You can do some other color shirts but keep in mind your transfer will need to be darker than your shirt color. There is no white ink in sublimation.

***Many people really LOVE the vintage look and try very hard to achieve this look.

WHERE TO PURCHASE SHIRTS FOR SUBLIMATION

Shirts for sublimation can be purchased anywhere! Just look at the label and see what the material is.

HOW TO PRESS A SUBLIMATION SHEET

You will notice the sublimation sheet is printed in reverse (image is backwards). Place a piece of blank paper (just copy paper works) inside your shirt. Then place the sublimation sheet (you can cut it to size) on top of your shirt. Some people like to use adhesive spray or heat tape to hold it in place. Then place a piece of copy paper over the top to protect your press (DO NOT USE TEFLON). Press with LIGHT pressure at 380-400 degrees F for 45-60 seconds for apparel. Immediately remove sublimation sheet. Discard sublimation sheet (even if there appears to be ink left on the sheet the ink has been activated and is no longer good).

COMMON ISSUES:

– I have an invisible outline (indentation) around my design where the paper was. This is caused by too much pressure. Decrease your pressure when you press.

– I have some fading around the edges of the design (duplicate areas of the design). This is called ghosting. It happens when the transfer gets lifted up then set down when it is still hot. Some heat tape or sticky spray might help, or even lifting your press slower.

 

WHAT IS COTTON LIGHT COLOR TRANSFER

Light color transfers are good for white shirts. You can use then on 100% cotton or any blend thereof. They do not print white.

WHAT DO I NEED TO USE A LIGHT COLOR TRANSFER?

No special equipment is needed, just a heat press.

HOW DO I PRESS LIGHT COLORED TRANSFERS

– USING A HEAT PRESS You can cut the paper to the size you need. These transfers need HEAVY pressure. Depending on the press you have that will be an 8 (or you have to use both hands and lean on your press to close it). All presses have a knob to adjust pressure. Press them at 350-375 for 20-30 seconds. Hot peel the transfer immediately.

COMMON ISSUES:

– My image did not transfer completely.

– Increase your pressure, and then try increasing your temp if you still have an issue.

– My shirt appears fuzzy

– This can be common. After first wash this will disappear. These transfers during the process can leave a light adhesive film on the shirt where the ink was not. This will wash away. On some colored shirts (like grey) it can appear darker. That will wash out. I generally just put a note in with the item to let the customer know wash me before wearing and I will be soft and comfy. Part of what I LOVE about these is that you do not really feel the print after first wash!

****Different cotton fabrics will exhibit slightly different results. Please test your fabric before pressing your final design to ensure desired results.

 

KNOWING YOUR HEAT PRESS BEFORE YOU START

Calibrating the heat press is recommended to ensure an accurate temperature. For this procedure, temperature test strips are more accurate than the use of infrared temperature guns.  Sublimation and cotton transfers can be a bit temperamental and due require accurate pressing temperatures for best results.

CAN I TRIM/CUT THE TRANSFER

Yes all the transfers can be cut by common household scissors.  You can even trim the non printed media around the printed image before transferring if you prefer.

THINGS NOT TO PRESS

When all possible avoid to press over zippers, buttons and other decorations already on the garment.  When using these transfers you will also want to avoid using Teflon sheets.