I really enjoyed making this t shirt using one of the fun lettering collections from the Pigpong Lettering Collection activation card and one of the inbuilt designs on my SDX1200 – (also on the SDX2200D) which is available from Makers Superstore – makerssuperstore.com
If you have a CM series machine and want to make a similar project then there are lots of monkey SVG files available online.
Here are my top tips for working with heat transfer vinyl (HTV):
1) HTV is cut right side on on the mat, so remember to mirror your image before you press cut. A post it note stuck onto the screen will help remind you to do so and saves wasted vinyl! If you’re using a DX series machine, then make sure you have your half cut setting switched on. If you’re using a CM series machine, then guideline settings are pressure -1, blade 0.5-1 – this is just a guideline though and vinyl can have different thicknesses depending on brand and type, so *always* test cut first to avoid frustration and wasted vinyl.
2) Weeding your vinyl means removing the excess areas of vinyl from your design. My top tip for weeding designs is always remove the outer edge first, this will enable you to see more clearly where you need to weed the rest of your design. If you’re unsure which areas to weed away, then cut the design out of cardstock first and remove the design from the mat. You’ll see from the design cut from cardstock exactly which areas you are meant to remove. If you find it hard to find the areas that need to be weeded away, then you can use a light box, or draw out your design on the back of the HTV first. Both of these methods are really helpful for crafters new to HTV.
3) HTV is best applied to clothing that *hasn’t* been washed with fabric conditioner. Fabric conditioner will prevent the HTV from sticking to your project correctly and you could be left with your vinyl peeling away.
4) *Always* check the manufacturer’s instructions for applying HTV. You don’t have to use a heat press unless you want to – if you are using your iron then turn the steam setting OFF. Different types of vinyl require different heat settings, for differing periods of time. Some HTV needs to have the transfer tape removed while the vinyl is still warm (warm peel or hot peel) – other types of HTV needs to have the transfer tape removed once the vinyl has cooled down (cold peel).
5) When layering HTV, press the first layer for 5-6 seconds just to tack down the vinyl. Place your second layer, cover with a teflon sheet or tea towel and press for the full amount of time.
6) Leave your garment for 24 hours before landering – this will give the HTV time to adhere fully to your clothing. Washing the garment to early will lead to your vinyl peeling away from your garment.
Have fun with HTV! 🙂
Please note Makers Superstore sent me the activation card to test. The lettering collection designs on the Pigpong activation card are strictly for non commercial, personal use only.