The heat transfer vinyl is doubtlessly the most preferred material for imprinting designs on t-shirts, fabrics, and other promotional materials.
And that’s for a good reason;
The vinyl is amazingly versatile and comes with full range colors for you to pick from. You can get it in either smooth, glittery or flocked versions. Even better, it easily sticks to multiple materials- like cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, etc. - allowing you to decorate just any fabric you wish.
If you’re a beginner in the heat transfer vinyl field, this post will teach you how to correctly cut out your HTV (heat transfer vinyl) using the Circuit and Silhouette cutting machines.
We’ll start with the Circuit model...
How To Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl With Circuit
Assuming your Circuit machine is ready for use, these are the steps to follow for successful heat transfer vinyl cutting:
- Create your design within the Circuit Design space
- Then click on the mirror image checkbox at the bottom section of the Mat preview window
- Place your heat transfer vinyl such that the transparent plastic backing faces down on the cutting mat
- Select Iron-on on the smart set dial in Circuit Explore Series for glossy and mate materials. For those using the glitter heat transfer, click the next clockwise setting, before the Light Cardstock
- Lastly follow the instructions displayed on the screen to load, set, and cut your vinyl.
How To Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl With Silhouette
Assuming that you’ve your Silhouette Cameo by your side, let’s get into the steps:
- Start by creating your design using the Silhouette studio
- Next, flip your design horizontally so that it becomes a mirror image of your original. Flipping is extremely easy as you only need to select “Mirror” from drop down Object tab on the top section and then click Flip Horizontally.
- Now move your mirror image into your cutting area such that it fits within your material
- Change the material setting to heat transfer vinyl and select flocked or smooth structure
- Feed your HTV into your machine, ensuring that the clear plastic backing faces down
- Finally, click send to silhouette to start the cutting job
As you can see, cutting heat transfer vinyl with cameo and Silhouette cutting machines is as easy as pie, and anyone, including absolute beginners, can do it.
If you follow the above instructions carefully, you’ll end up with a well-cut vinyl that you can proceed to weed the extra HTV away and then apply your design to your substrate.