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Behind The Scenes at Allrush – Heat Transfer Printing

Behind The Scenes at Allrush – Heat Transfer Printing

In our last blog post, we shared a behind the scenes look at how to create custom clothing using a silkscreen. We’re back again with a whole new method… but this time, we’re bringing the heat!

Heat transfer printing is a newer method of fabric decoration that uses heat, rather than paint, to print your image. Remember 10-15 years ago, when iron-on printable paper was all the rage? Similar idea, but these days the execution is far better.

Here’s how we do it at Allrush:

Part 1: Decide on a Print
  1. We choose an image, graphic or text to print – or you choose one for us.
  2. We print the image of our special heat transfer paper, in reverse so it goes on the right way.
  3. We trim the paper to the appropriate size and shape.
Part 2: Prep the Machine
  1. We use a special heat press machine to transfer the image. For each type of material and paper, we use a different heat setting.
  2. Set the pressure. The thinner the material, the more pressure we use to ensure it transfers perfectly.
  3. We set the timer to allow the perfect time for the design to transfer.
Part 3: Transfer the Design
  1. We place your chosen fabric on the machine face up.
  2. We place the design over the fabric, lined up to where you’d like the design to be.
  3. Close the press and press the start button.
  4. Once the timer goes off, we remove your fabric and peel off your design. Once its cooled, you’re ready to go!

There you have it! This is a fun way to create custom fabrics far easier and less expensive than silk screening.

If you, like most of us, would rather spend your weekends watching Disney+ than doing DIY projects at home, check out the number of custom printing options at Allrush. Let us handle it, so you don’t have to.