Layering ThermoFlex Plus Over Inkjet Heat Transfer

Ever have one of those days? It’s 11:50 p.m. and I just finished the one simple project I wanted to accomplish today.  I made my hubby a T-shirt by layering ThermoFlex Plus over Inkjet Heat Transfer. Simple…. right?

I made SEVERAL errors in this simple task, but managed to end up with a shirt I was happy with. I simply took my time to think through each goof and then moved on. Perhaps some of my mistakes will help you avoid the same pitfalls.

Layer Inkjet Heat Transfer and ThermoFlex Plus

  • Materials:
  1. White cotton T-Shirt
  2. ThermoFlex Plus
  3. Inkjet Heat Transfer Sheet (I like Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper)
  4. Make The Cut Software
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Blue Capped Blade
  7. Iron or Heat Press
  • KNK Zing settings for cutting ThermoFlex Plus:
  1. I prefer the blue capped blade (Offset .35), but you can use the red if you prefer (.25)
  2. Force – 20
  3. Multicut – 1 or 2
  4. Speed – 10
  • KNK Zing settings for cutting Inkjet Heat Transfer Paper:
  1. I like the red capped blade for this (.25)
  2. Force – Depends on your paper, mat, and blade. I used around 50.
  3. Multicut – 2
  • Steps for Inkjet Heat Transfer:
  1. Import > Pixel Trace the design for your Inkjet Heat Transfer into MTC. I imported a map which I had drawn, but you could trace one (just make sure you have the legal right to use it).
  2. Brevort Lake Shirt Import Set “Threshold” at about 250, and make sure “Texturize Path” and “Blackout Path” are both checked. Click on [Apply Changes]. Import > Finish Tracing
  3. Make sure you MIRROR IMAGE.
  4. You will probably want to do a shadow layer. Edit (or right click) > Shape Magic > Shadow Layer. I like to increase the shadow enough so that all the text is going to be cut out in one piece. Select the original cut lines along with the shadow layer and Weld (Ctrl/W)
  5. Go to Print Options and make sure that “Show Paper on Mat”, “Show Reg Marks on Mat”, and “Print Reg Marks” are all checked.
  6. I highly recommend doing a “Print Preview”. I wasted two pieces of Heat Transfer Paper because I didn’t.  (My mistake numbers 1 and 2)
  7. Print. I have had best luck using my Epson printer which has pigment ink, as opposed to my HP which has dye ink. I think either can be used, but the dye ink may run and/or fade with washing.
  8. Adhere your printed paper to the cutting mat. Look carefully at your screen to be sure your paper is oriented the same way it shows on the screen. (My mistake numbers 3 and 4) The good thing is that if you realize when it starts cutting that you fed it in wrong, just stop cutting, fix your mistake and start over. Even if you have cut into your design slightly, it probably won’t matter if you are careful.
  9. Remove from mat.
  10. Apply to garment according to manufacturers instructions. Make sure you check for correct temperature and time. My Inkjet Transfer Paper and the ThermoFlex Plus require different settings.
  11. Heat Transfer Shirt Small pieces can be difficult to place. I found it easiest to get them in place and stick them down with masking tape or a piece of used backing from HTV. That allowed me to get the garment into the heat press without the piece accidentally moving out of place. I then removed the sticky backing before placing my teflon sheet and closing the heat press.
  12. Peel Peel off paper.
  • Steps for ThermoFlex Plus:
  1. Import design or open in Make the Cut. Make sure you mirror it. (I wanted a distressed font which I had used successfully on another, bigger project. My mistake number 5. It was way too much detail for this size. I had now wasted two sheets of Inkjet Heat Transfer Paper and a piece of ThermoFlex Plus.) The font I ended up with worked great.
  2. Cut design and weed out extra vinyl.
  3. 20160728_233450 Apply to garment according to manufacturers instructions.

I have found that it’s best to let the Inkjet Heat Transfer set into your garment for few days before washing. However, I will probably wash mine tomorrow as I really would like the background image to fade just a bit. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use the Inkjet for the background and the ThermoFlex for the top layer.



3 thoughts on “Layering ThermoFlex Plus Over Inkjet Heat Transfer

  1. Very nice! I have a bunch of t-shirts to be done, and you’ve given me all kinds of ideas! Does the transfer ink last as long as the vinyl?

  2. Thanks, Michele. My guess is that the ink will fade a little over time. I figure this shirt will be a good test. I have done a lot of flour sack towels and have found that if I wait several days before washing them after applying the image, they fade less.

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