Easy HTV Troubleshooting Tips For You

To err is human, to troubleshoot a botched HTV project is divine…

Who among us hasn’t made a mistake in our HTV crafts at one point in our lives? Cast the first “I’m not guilty pose.”

If you have experienced some HTV fails before, then you are already a pro! All professionals have gone through several fails before reaching their current status. Everyone makes mistakes but what is more important is the lesson that we have learned from it!

So, here are some common HTV mistakes and what must be done to address each:

How To Fix Peeling HTV

Heat transfer vinyl relies on proper heat and pressure for it to adhere correctly to surfaces especially fabric. Having a heat press is excellent for those who can afford one, but for many of us who use an ordinary iron, applying the right heat and pressure can be a bit tricky.

The heat needed for the HTV to adhere correctly depends on the type of vinyl used. In most cases, pressing an iron at 300°F for 10 to 15 seconds is enough for the HTV to bond properly with the fabric.

Here is a simple step- by-step guide to fix peeling HTV:

  • To avoid peeling, make sure you apply the needed pressure.
  • It is best if you use both hands to press on the fabric.
  • If it peels afterward, place the cover sheet on the peeling part and iron it on.

  • Remember to apply pressure, and you’ll see it adhere properly again.

Here is the heat setting chart for your reference:

What To Do If The HTV Does Not Stick To Your Fabric Properly

Moisture is your worst enemy. You risk ruining your HTV project when you don’t properly dry the fabric before applying the vinyl.  It is essential to rid excess moisture by ironing the fabric first before adhering the vinyl. Follow this tip, and it will reduce instances of peeling and help the HTV bond entirely with your fabric. Ironing will also prevent the design from shifting.

Additional Information:

HTV is also classified into two categories, hot peel or cold peel.

Hot peel means that you can pull off the carrier sheet immediately after heat pressing it.

While a cold peel means that you can only peel off the carrier sheet after the vinyl has cooled down.

A lot of my friends have made the mistake of peeling off a cold peel immediately after adhering. This has resulted in a heartbreaking heap of creative mess. So, be wary of the instructions for the type of HTV that you are working on and you’ll never go wrong!

Working with HTV is a fulfilling experience which is why I highly recommend it to everyone. Just don’t get frustrated right away if your first HTV project fails. Just check out our blog for more HTV troubleshooting tips and tricks!


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