Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have a question about transferring images onto a t-shirt or any garment, you may find the answer you need here in our frequently asked questions.   If you can’t find the answer here, please email us and we’ll try to help.


What does a heat press do?
A heat press is a machine that provides temperature, normally up to 235°C, and pressure.  Over a certain amount of time, usually controlled accurately with a digital timer, an image can be transferred permanently onto a substrate.  The temperature and pressure delivered by the machine is far greater than that of any domestic iron.


What can I make with a heat press?
Printed images onto t-shirts, caps, mugs, ceramic plates and tiles, mouse pads, coasters, place mats, jigsaws, bags, wood and metal plaques and the list goes on…………..


What is a heat transfer?
A transfer is made up of carrier paper and inks and can be produced using a desk top copier.
Computer generated transfers are very popular as they are accessible to almost anyone who has a quality ink jet printer.  Transfer inks are passed from the carrier paper to the substrate with heat, pressure and time.


What type of machine do I need?
The answer to this depends upon a number of things, including what products you plan to transfer on to, what size image you want to transfer and how often will you use the press.  Space is another factor – how much room do you have in your workshop?  Get yourself the largest heat press that your budget will allow, assuming you have the space!  It’s also important to get yourself the right kind of heat press so as to make sure that the merchandise you produce is in line with transfer specifications.

You will need a dedicated press for flat items, a press with a cylindrical element for objects such as mugs and sports bottles and a dedicated press for caps.