Heat Transfer Vinyl Overview:
Heat Transfer Vinyls from internationally-renowned HTV manufacturers Stahls are designed suit all of your garment transfer printing needs, whether they are for fashion, leisure, sports or workwear, and are available in an extensive range of finishes including standard, stretchable, glitter, flock, metallic and silicone HTVs.
What Is Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)?
Heat Transfer Vinyl, also commonly known as HTV, t-shirt vinyl or Heat Press Vinyl, is a specialist vinyl material for applying to substrates, primarily garment-related fabrics such as t-shirts, hoodies and polo shirts using a heat press machine to bond the vinyl to the fabric.
HTV vinyls are primarily sold in 500mm-wide rolls by the metre and has three main layers combined into one product; A polyester-based carrier (usually a sticky, semi-opaque material) which hold the different elements in place, the PU/PVC-based substance manufactured to the specific colour or effect, and the adhesive which is activated by the heat of the press machine to form the bond to the fabric.
Its cut on a plotter in reverse (mirrored) due to the adhesive being on the top of the three layers, with the excess HTV “weeded” away leaving the intended design which is heat-applied onto the fabric usually with a heat press machine.
Which HTV Should I Use?
The heat transfer vinyl that you need will depend on the fabric that you are applying it to and the requirement of your job – There are a wide range of materials, some suitable for lots of garment types (such as Sportsfilm Extra T-Shirt Vinyl and CAD-Cut Premium Plus HTV Vinyl), more specialist ones (like EconoReflex Extra Reflective HTV) or if you’re aiming at high-fashion or promotional use (e.g. stag and hen parties), you may wish to look at purchasing some speciality vinyls (such as CAD-Cut Effect Holographic HTV or CAD-Cut Glitter HTV).
Any plotter should be able to cut our HTVs, but smaller plotter/cutters, such as the Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Portrait, struggle to cut some vinyls (such as CAD-Cut Effect Holographic HTV and CAD-Cut Flock HTV) due to the limited blade angle and pressure achievable on the plotter.
Tips On How To Weed HTV Vinyl Quickly & EasilyDid you know that there are a few simple techniques which can greatly help you to weed away excess Heat Transfer Vinyl much faster and easier? Weeding Heat Transfer Vinyl can be tedious and time consuming if you don’t use the proper techniques for getting rid of excess material - We can save you TIME and MONEY by following our simple, proven HTV Vinyl Weeding Tips to increase the speed that you prepare designs and cut down on mistakes.
Why Use Heat Transfer Vinyls?
Heat Transfer Vinyls are a commonly-used alternative to silk-screen printing as it’s a much more cost-effective method of printing in low quantities, such as our most popular T-Shirt Vinyl and for speciality finishes, such as Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) and Stretchable HTV Vinyl. Each individual HTV vinyl has its own qualities, each one having something that makes it essential the STAHLS HTV range.
Some products, such as the Sportsfilm Extra T-Shirt Vinyl, have incredible versatility, offering you an excellent finish on most garment types, and the ability to cut fine detail, especially on smaller designs. Other materials, like the CAD-Cut Premium Plus Sublistop (Subli-Dye Blocker) HTV are specifically designed to overcome particular issues, such as strike-through from subli-dyed garments.
It is usually possible to create a two (or even three) colour design using CAD-Cut materials, by cutting the individual colours and applying them separately onto the garment, particularly with vinyls such as Sportsfilm Extra T-Shirt Vinyl and CAD-Cut Premium Plus HTV Vinyl.
Please remember that not all materials are created equally and there are some simple questions to ask to determine whether the brand is likely to be of good quality:
- Is it easy to weed?
- Is it quick to apply?
- Can it be overlaid to produce multi coloured designs?
- What is the smallest size lettering recommended to be cut from the material?
- How washable is it?
Not Sure Which Is The Right HTV For You?
Due to the high number of enquiries we get from individuals trying to find the most suitable HTV to meet their needs, we've created a comprehensive, Heat Transfer Vinyl UK Guide on how to choose the right vinyl which will hopefully help you to determine the best HTV to fit your requirements.
For more advice on how to correctly apply heat transfers, view our heat transfer press application tips.
Most heat transfers produced today which are made from HTV will outlast the life of the garment that it is bonded to, providing it is applied and washed in accordance with the instructions provided. Heat Transfer Vinyls are very durable, but to ensure that there aren’t issues we recommend that they are ironed on the reverse without the use of the steam function.
It is highly recommended to check the individual instructions for the different materials, but you can rest assured that you will be getting a product that will give you fabulous results for a considerable period of time.