How To Use Siser EasyWeed Stretch Heat Transfer Vinyl
Most crafters know that Siser EasyWeed is a great versatile choice for T-Shirts & fabric projects, but it does have its limitations. What if you're putting vinyl on sports jerseys, female apparel, active wear, or even can coolers? For those, you'll need a vinyl that stretches with the material and is much more durable: Siser EasyWeed Stretch.
What You'll Need
- 1 sheet of Siser EasyWeed Stretch
- 1 Pen Weeder or other weeding tool
- 1 garment of your choice
- 1 Die-Cut Machine (Cricut or Silhouette) with cutting mat
- Heat Press or home iron
Cutting Your Vinyl
Choose an SVG design that you want to cut out in your design software and make sure it is mirrored, as you will be cutting the vinyl on the reverse side, or "shiny side down". Keep in mind that Siser EasyWeed Stretch often comes with a frosted carrier sheet instead of a clear carrier sheet like most other HTV. Place the vinyl on your mat, and set your cutting machine to proper settings. For best results, make sure your blade is sharp.
Blade: Standard, 3
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Weeding Your Vinyl
If you've cut your vinyl on the proper settings, you should have no issues weeding with EasyWeed Stretch. Simply use your Pen Weeder, Siser EasyWeeder, or other weeding tool of your choice to weed away the excess material. We always recommend starting at a corner to start your weeding. You can also use scissors to cut away large areas of unused vinyl which you can save for a future project. As we always say at Clean Cut Graphics: "Save your scraps!"
Heating Your Vinyl With A Heat Press
After you have finished weeding, it's time to press your vinyl onto a shirt/garment of your choice. We recommend a Polyester T-Shirt for best results, but you can use whatever fabric you desire. If you are using a heat press, you'll want to set it to 320° F (160° C). Place the shirt on your heat press with the vinyl design facing up. One trick we use is to fold the garment in half and do a quick press to help us line up our design on our shirt so that it's always right in the middle. Press your shirt for 20 seconds using medium/firm pressure. Once the 20 seconds are up, you can remove it from your heat press and peel the carrier sheet.
Heating Your Vinyl With A Home Iron
Thankfully, you don't need a heat press to use Siser EasyWeed Stretch. You can also adhere it to your shirt using a home iron. To do this, start by setting your iron dial between Cotton and Linen. Cover your design with a non-stick cover sheet. Place your shirt on a flat, hard surface. We do not recommend using an ironing board. Then press your iron with medium/firm pressure onto your design. If your design is bigger than the plate of the iron, simply press each section for 10-15 seconds, then move on to the next part of your design. DO NOT slide the iron across the design. If certain areas of the design lift after application, replace the cover sheet and re-press for 5-10 seconds, then peel your carrier sheet.
Where To Buy
You can find Siser EasyWeed Stretch at Clean Cut Graphics along with other great HTV & Adhesive vinyl products. We are a veteran-owned & operated company in the United States that ships vinyl all around the world. You can also shop at our physical retail store located in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
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